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Three Minute Thesis Competition

The 3MT Competition 2023 at Aarhus University was held on 22 March in Stakladen at Aarhus University.

Find more information about the competition below. In November 2023, we will be ready with information about the competition in 2024.

Aarhus University represented in this year's 3MT final!

Follow Ida Cecilie Jensen on 1 June 2023 at 2 pm

26 doctoral students have taken part in this year’s Coimbra Group 3 Minute Thesis competition, and we are pleased to announce that Ida Cecilie Jensen from Aarhus University is part of the three finalists who will compete against each other at the live final to take place during the Coimbra Group General Assembly at the University of Cologne on 1 June 2023.

The three finalists will be awarded a first prize (3,000 EUR), a second prize (2,000 EUR) and a third prize (1,000 EUR) by a selected jury.

On 1 June you will be able to follow the final virtually by joining Coimbra Group's YouTube channel below. 

Programme of the final 3MT Competition at University of Cologne

  • 14:00 – 14:03 3MT introduction by Gunda Huskobla, Chair of the Doctoral Studies WG 
  • 14:04 – 14:07 Ida Cecilie Jensen (Aarhus University) presentation 
  • 14:08 – 14:11 Juhi Parmar (University of Jena) presentation 
  • 14:12 – 14:15 Michaela Raab (University of Edinburgh) presentation  
  • 14:20 – 14:40 Jury’s deliberation 
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Open Session on EU Alliances
  • 15:30 – 16:00 3MT Results’ announcement 

What is the 3MT?

Every year, Aarhus University invites its PhD students to participate in the 3 Minute Thesis competition (3MT). In 2023, the competition was held in Stakladen at Aarhus University on 22 March 2023. 

In 3MT, PhD students present their research project in three minutes for an audience of non-specialists with only one static slide – and no other resources. The PhD students are taken through a communication workshop and feedback sessions before the competition. This challenging exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of the researcher’s capacity to explain their work effectively and focus on rhetoric, body language, voice control and specific 3MT delivery skills.

The internal winner at AU receives a DKK 35,000 travel grant, and the video of the performance is submitted to the international competition held by the Coimbra Group of more than 35 European universities. 

A Coimbra Group panel will then select the top three candidates, who will be invited to present at the Coimbra Group annual conference. In 2023, the annual conference will be held on 31 May - 2 June in Cologne, Germany.

The 3MT was founded at University of Queensland, Australia in 2008 and is held at over 900 universities across more than 85 countries. 

2023 3MT overall winner – Ida Cecilie Jensen

Ida Cecilie Jensen is a PhD at the Department of Ecoscience at Aarhus University. She was chosen by the judges as the 3MT overall winner at Aarhus University from a field of 15 strong competitors.

Title: The smelly feet of ants and their applications in agriculture

Ida won a travel grant in the amount of 35,000 DKK.

Find Ida's presentation here

2023 3MT People’s Choice Award – Milica Milic

Milica Milic is a PhD at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University. She was chosen as the People’s Choice winner in a vote in which 325 audience members participated.

Title: How to make bioplastics - just add sugar

Milica won two AU cups, an AU thermos bottle and an AU notebook.

Find Milica's presentation here

Meet two former contestants

What have they learned from participating in the competition?