An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit....3 minutes

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What is the 3MT®

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) which challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries and present them to a non-specialist audience in under 3 minutes. The concept has developed rapidly, and 3MT competitions are now held in over 900 universities and institutions across more than 80 countries worldwide. Along with the opportunity to win prizes at both Faculty and University-wide levels, the competition provides students with an opportunity to develop their presentation and communication skills, raise the profile of their research and act as a career-booster for many participants (Vitae, 2020).


In addition to individual Faculty prizes, this year's 3MT Final Judges' winner will receive £1,500 towards research-related activities and the opportunity to represent the University in the Vitae (UK) semi-finals. There will also be a 3MT Final Peoples' Choice prize of £1,000 towards research-related activities.

Congratulations to our 2021 winners

Following another successful ‘virtual’ competition, we would like to express our thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s 3MT® competition - to the participants, the judges, the panel and everyone who made this year’s event possible.

Due to the pandemic and national lockdown, both this year’s 3MT® heats and final were conducted online. Participants were asked to submit a virtual presentation, lasting no more than three minutes, which not only communicated the significance of their research to a non-specialist audience but also captured the audience’s imagination and left them wanting to know more. Following  Faculty Heats (held in Business, Education, Health & Human Sciences, and Engineering & Science) three Judges’ Winners were chosen to compete in the University Final, with a fourth finalist selected from the competition’s ‘Wild Card’ round.

The event, hosted by the Research & Enterprise Training Institute (RETI), was opened by Prof Peter Griffiths (Director of Greenwich Research & Enterprise) who also led a discussion panel on Research Sustainability & Impact. Special thanks are given to our judging panel: Eseoghene Amadasun, Dionne Glennon & Bilal Ijaz, who had the extremely difficult task of choosing this year’s University of Greenwich 3MT Judge’s Winner, and to Simon Goldsmith, Dr Conor Walsh, Dr Benzion Kotzen and Prof Steven Haines for their presentations and further discussion on research impact and sustainability.

2021 3MT® Winners

Thanks are also extended to all four finalists for making the final such a close and exciting one, and congratulations to:

Manuela Carnaghi (Judge’s Choice Winner) and Ryan Jenkins (People’s Choice Winner) who won £1,500 and £1,000 respectively to spend on research-related training & activities. Manuela (from the Faculty of Engineering & Science) will also have the opportunity to represent the University of Greenwich in this year’s 3MT® Vitae Regional Semi-Finals with her presentation entitled ‘Houston – the mosquito has landed’.

Manuela Carnaghi - Houston - the mosquito has landed

Ryan Jenkins - Individual differences in facial and voice recognition

2021 3MT® Finalists

Suppatra Maneen - Anaerobic Digestion of Seaweed: a source of Renewable  Energy

Ben Tippet -  The Causes of Wealth Inequality

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