Salamanca, España

3MT
THREE MINUTE THESIS
Universidad de Salamanca

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About 3MT®

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


Acerca de 3MT®

Tesis en Tres Minutos es un homenaje a la emocionante tarea de investigar que llevan a cabo los estudiantes de doctorado. Esta iniciativa, desarrollada por la Universidad de Queensland (UQ), pretende potenciar habilidades para la presentación, comunicación e investigación académica de los estudiantes. Participar en este tipo de competición ayuda a los alumnos a explicar de forma efectiva sus investigaciones en tres minutos, en un lenguaje apropiado para un público no especializado.


The Benefits of 3MT


Winner of the 2014 UQ Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Dr Megan Rossi talks about the benefits of participating in the competition.


History

The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.

2016 brings an expansion of the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition to include a select number of Asian universities. The competition has now been renamed to the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.


Historia

La primera competición 3MT se celebró en UQ en 2008, en la que participaron 160 estudiantes de investigación doctoral. En 2009 y 2010 el concurso 3MT se fue extendiendo a otras universidades de Australia y Nueva Zelanda y el interés por este formato fue creciendo. Debido a su adopción en numerosas universidades, se creó un evento multinacional; la competición inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT se celebró en UQ en 2010. Desde 2011, la popularidad de este concurso ha seguido aumentando y las competiciones 3MT ahora se llevan a cabo en más de 350 universidades de más de 18 países de todo el mundo.

En noviembre de 2013 se organizó la primera competición Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT, en la que participaron varias universidades de todo el mundo de forma virtual.

En 2016 el Concurso Trans-Tasman 3MT sigue creciendo y acaban de sumarse un número selecto de universidades asiáticas. Por esta razón, ha pasado a llamarse Competición 3MT Asia y Pacífico.


Why participate?


Skills development for research candidates

The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research candidates’ ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


Building research culture in schools and institutes

3MT provides a valuable opportunity for research higher degree candidates to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which Schools and Institutes can provide presentation skills training.


Building external relations for the university

3MT winners may go on to represent their university at national and international 3MT competitions which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. Previous 3MT finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.



Award Ceremony and Prizes


The presentation by the finalists and the award ceremony for the 3MT competition will take place at the General Assembly of the 2017 CG Annual Conference in Edinburgh. The three top placed presentations will be awarded by the Executive Board with €3000 to the winner, €2000 as second prize and €1000 for the third place.

The three universities, whose doctoral candidates will be in the final, should cover the travel and accommodation costs for their candidates.

The prize for the best presentation at USAL will be €500


COMPETITION



To register for the competition:

Deadline 20/02/2017

1. Your name


2. Doctorate program


3. Year of first registration in the program


4. Title of the thesis


5. Supervisor/s


6. Short abstract (max 250 words)


The competition will be held in English


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Deadline 20/02/2017

Stages


1

At the local Doctoral School level

2

At the University level

3

At the level of the International-Coimbra Group

COMPETITION



To register for the competition:


1. Your name


2. Doctorate program


3. Year of first registration in the program


4. Title of the thesis


5. Supervisor/s


6. Short abstract (max 250 words)


The competition will be held in English


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Stages


1

At the local Doctoral School level

2

At the University level

3

At the level of the International-Coimbra Group

TIMELINE


16th March 2017

18:00h.

Institutional finals


1st April 2017

Deadline for video submissions for Coimbra Group Final


3rd – 14th April 2017

DSWG members vote for top 3 entries


7th – 9th June 2017

Coimbra Group finals


The competition will be held in English


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TIMELINE


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Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Normas

  • Solo se permite una sola diapositiva de PowerPoint estática. No se permiten las transiciones de diapositivas, animaciones o “movimiento” de ningún tipo. La presentación debe comenzar a la vez que el discurso.
  • No se permiten medios de comunicación electrónicos adicionales (por ejemplo, sonido y archivos de vídeo).
  • No se permiten apoyos adicionales (por ejemplo, disfraces, instrumentos musicales, equipos de laboratorio).
  • Las presentaciones se limitan a un máximo de 3 minutos. Los competidores que se alarguen más de 3 minutos son descalificados.
  • Las presentaciones deben hacerse hablando (por ejemplo, no hay poemas., raps o canciones).
  • Las presentaciones comienzan en el escenario
  • Se considera que la competición ha comenzado cuando el presentador comienza su presentación, a través de su movimiento o su discurso.
  • La decisión del jurado es definitiva.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & Content
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement & Communication
  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?

Criterios de valoración

  • Comprehension & Content
    • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
    • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
    • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
    • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
    • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
  • Engagement & Communication
    • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
    • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
    • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
    • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
    • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
    • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?

Judging Panel


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Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

D. JUAN MANUEL CORCHADO RODRÍGUEZ

D. JUAN MANUEL CORCHADO RODRÍGUEZ

Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

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Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

D. JUAN MANUEL CORCHADO RODRÍGUEZ

D.ª MARÍA ÁNGELES SERRANO GARCÍA

Vice President for Internationalization

D.ª DOLORES PEREIRA

D. DOLORES PEREIRA

Representative of WG Doctoral Studies

Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

D. JUAN MANUEL CORCHADO RODRÍGUEZ

D. FERNANDO ALMARAZ

Director of Production and Digital Innovation Service


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Tools for Students


FAQS


  • What is 3MT?
  • I am an MPhil student can I compete in 3MT?
  • I will graduate before the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Am I eligible to enter?
  • Can palm cards or speech notes be refered to during a presentation?
  • Can additional props be used during a presentation?
  • While presenters can’t deliver their 3MT as a poem or song, can they quote from a poem or song?
  • What is allowed on the presenter’s 3MT PowerPoint slide?
  • Can sound or video be used during a presentation?
  • Can I present my oration via Skype?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Can I win more than one category?
  • What happens if our winner is not a confirmed candidate?
  • What is the Wildcard Competition?
  • What happens if I cannot attend the Final?
  • Who do I contact to discuss my University’s interest in the 3MT competition?
What is 3MT?
  • The Three Minute Thesis competition is a skills development activity that challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.
I am an MPhil student can I compete in 3MT?
  • MPhil and pre-confirmation PhD candidates who are active in program will still be eligible to participate in the 3MT competition up to Faculty/Institute finals but cannot advance to the 3MT Final or Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.
I will graduate before the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Am I eligible to enter?
  • Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.
  • Graduates are not eligible.
Can palm cards or speech notes be refered to during a presentation?
  • Yes, palm cards and/or speech notes are acceptable, however this option may detract from the delivery of the 3MT and is not recommended.
Can additional props be used during a presentation?
  • No, additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are not permitted during a 3MT presentation. Laser pointers are allowed, however not encouraged (your slide should be simple enough that you do not need to emphasise elements to the audience)
While presenters can’t deliver their 3MT as a poem or song, can they quote from a poem or song?
  • Yes, quotes can be included from a poem or song if it is relevant to the presenter’s thesis topic. Poetry and song lyrics are not permitted to be used to present the entire 3MT and their use should be very limited.
What is allowed on the presenter’s 3MT PowerPoint slide?
  • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. In preparing the slide, remember that ‘less is more’. It does not have to include text. Visual cues are very effective in assisting the presenter’s explanation of their research (No slide transitions, animations, sound or ‘movement’ is permitted).
Can sound or video be used during a presentation?
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted during a 3MT presentation.
Can I present my oration via Skype?
  • While this decision rests with each School/Faculty/University, we would discourage remote presentations. As an important aspect of the competition is audience engagement, anyone who would choose to present via conferencing facilities would be at a disadvantage compared to other competitors.
  • The winner of the university final will be expected to attend the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition in person.
Is there a dress code?
  • There is no stipulated dress requirement such as ‘smart casual’. Some have worn suits with ties, others t-shirts and jeans. Please wear whatever is comfortable for you. NO COSTUMES (including hats, masks, Dame Edna specs, etc).
Can I win more than one category?
  • Yes, it is possible to win a place (First and Runner-Up) and win the People’s Choice award.
What happens if our winner is not a confirmed candidate?
  • In the event that a provisional candidate wins the Faculty/Institute Final, the Runner-up and/or People’s Choice winner i.e. the next highest ranked competitor providing they are a confirmed candidate will proceed to the final.
What is the Wildcard Competition?
  • The People’s Choice winner from each Faculty/Combined Institute final will be given the chance to compete in a Wildcard Final hosted by the university. If the faculty winner is also the people’s choice, the runner-up will proceed to the Wildcard Final. The top wildcard finalist will be offered the opportunity to compete in the university final.
What happens if I cannot attend the Final?
  • The winner of each heat or final is expected to represent their School/Institute/Faculty/University at the next stage of the competition. If the winner is unable to attend the final, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition.
Who do I contact to discuss my University’s interest in the 3MT competition?
  • The UQ Graduate School will be able to assist you and answer any additional 3MT questions that you may have. Please email 3MT@uq.edu.au.
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