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*3MT Competition: Your Thesis in Three Minutes (Doctoral Candidates)

01. / 08. / 15. June & 11. July 2022
Online (The finals in a hybrid format at UBT campus)

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Hosted by: UBT Graduate School, Gateway Offices in Bordeaux, Melbourne and Shanghai, Bayreuth-Melbourne Colloid/Polymer Network
Language: English
Qualification Area: Communication, Writing, Presenting and Publishing - in Science
Registration: from 01st until 29th May 2022
Deregistration until: 25th May 2022
for members of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School via BayDOC: https://baydoc.uni-bayreuth.de
for all other Doctoral Candidates of the University of Bayreuth: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/3mt-your-thesis-in-three-minutes-tickets-266486828277

Research Presentation in Three Minutes - present your research topic in three minutes!

A Science Communication event for PhD candidates. 3MT is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. In this competition, PhD students compete by presenting their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

Two workshops will first introduce you to the skills and rules of the competition. The competition itself will take place in two events as semi-finals, when everyone gets the chance to present and to provide and receive feedback, and the finals, when the winner of the competition will be crowned. 3MTs are well-known around the world to help doctoral candidates develop crucial communication skills by practicing presentations of scientific topics to a lay audience.

For more information on the format of the competitions have a look at these videos: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/watch-3mt

(Session 2 will also provide plenty of time to workshop your presentation, practice and ask questions!)

PhD candidates from all disciplines can participate!

To participate in the finals, you have to attend all three sessions:

01 June - Session 1: Workshop ‘Science Communication and Public Speaking’
Convenor: A/Prof Jen Martin, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Jen Martin (@scidocmartin) worked as a field ecologist before founding the University of Melbourne's Science Communication Teaching Program which teaches scientists across all disciplines to be engaging and effective communicators. She also practises what she preaches: she’s been talking about science weekly on 3RRR, Australia's largest community radio station, for more than 15 years, hosts podcasts, MCs events, teaches as part of the Homeward Bound Faculty, writes for a variety of publications and was named the 2019 Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication.

08 June - Session 2: Workshop ‘3MT...where to start?’
Convenor: A/Prof Kerstin Steiner, La Trobe University, Australia
Dr. Kerstin Steiner is an Associate Professor at the Law School, La Trobe University.
To keep it brief, she is the classical academic trifecta:

  • an award winning researcher in comparative legal studies specialising in Southeast Asian legal studies researching at the intersection of law, politics, economics and society, especially with regard to Islam as well.
  • an experienced educator with excellent track record of subject development, coordination and (award winning) innovative teaching; and
  • demonstrated history of holding several leadership positions in higher education, including school leadership as well as in the education, research and international portfolios.

15 June - Session 3: The competition semi-finals
Convenor: Dr. Irina Herrschner, Dr. Alina Jahn, Yiwen Chen, Sylvia Sprödhuber

11. July 2022 - The competition finals:
The Finals take place on July 11, 2022 in a hybrid format at UBT campus, at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in H24 RW I, followed by an award ceremony.
Moderation: Dr. Miriam Horn-Schott

Jury: Prof. Matthias Baum, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Laura M. König and Mrs.Rona McGeoch as well as all participants of the workshop series

Award for the best 3MT:
Five individual career coaching sessions by Tjitske Dijkstra (www.academiccareercoach.nl). Tjitske guides academics worldwide in all stages of their career and helps them define their path by offering inspiration, insights, reflection, and practical handles. By making them aware of their unique talents and interests, she enables them to set and reach their goals. She believes that having a deep understanding about who we are leads to finding our place in life and work.

Qualification Goals

  • Science communication
  • Self-promotion
  • Communication skills


  • The University of Bayreuth’s Gateway Offices are designed to serve as contact points to support the exchange of
    Bayreuth’s students and instructors. They enhance cooperation in research and teaching, establish and maintain contact with institutions in science and industry, and manage the University of Bayreuth’s networks in their respective regions.

  • Bayreuth-Melbourne Colloid/Polymer Network links the University of Bayreuth with non-university research institutions
    within Germany, two outstanding Australian universities, and other industry partners. The goal is to use close,
    long-standing contacts and complementary scientific expertise as a basis for supporting junior researchers, providing them with a broader understanding and valuable experience and rendering the complementary expertise of all project partners accessible in order to open up more career opportunities.

  • The University of Bayreuth Graduate School supports doctoral candidates of all disciplines and provides necessary
    services surrounding a doctorate. Membership is open to all doctoral candidates of the faculties and graduate centres of
    the University of Bayreuth. The aim of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School is to foster an international, national and interdisciplinary network and to ensure and further develop university-wide quality standards during the doctorate.

*Creditability within the kick-off seminar

For reasons of respect and fairness towards all participants and the workshop leaders, participants who miss more than 10% of the workshop are considered not to be present. You will therefore not receive a certificate and you will not be able to use the workshop in question to unlock funds or acquire further qualifications.

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Signe Schönborn

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