Can you describe your research in 3 minutes? Sign up for the 2015 Universitas 21 3MT Competition!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, challenges doctoral candidates to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Lund University, as part of Universitas 21, is participating in the 2015 3MT® Competition! I believe this is an excellent opportunity to practice presenting in a fun environment, share your research findings with others, and have the chance to compete internationally and win a stipend!

In 2013 doctoral student Nellie Linander won Lund University’s competition and her presentation was sent to the international competition where she won the Highly Commended Award for her presentation entitled “Visually Guided Obstacle Avoidance in Flying Insects” which explained her thesis on flight control in bumble bees.

3MT winner 2013

Photographer: Gunnar Menander

 She actually also won this year’s Science Slam battle in July in Almedalen, a tight battle with researchers from Lund University and Malmö University!
Lund’s Doctoral Student Union, together with the University, warmly encourage all interested doctoral students in the second half of their studies to take part!

The Lund University 3MT takes place on Saturday 19 September (“Kulturnatten” in Lund) at 14:00 in the main university building – University House, room 206. Colleagues, family and friends, all are welcome to sit in the audience.

Presentations will be given live, with just one slide, in 3 minutes or less.

A specially formulated jury will select the winner who, in addition to the honour of winning Lund University’s competition, will receive personalised coaching on presentation skills. The presentation will then be professionally videotaped and sent on to the international competition.

More information about the 3MT is available at the 3MT website

Interested to take part or have any questions?
Contact Kristine Lund at or as soon as possible, or by 10 September.

Do you have a colleague who you think would be great at this? Encourage them to take part. I look forward to seeing you all there!


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