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Three Minute Thesis Competition

Every year Aarhus University invites all its PhD students to participate in the "3 Minutes Thesis" competition (3MT). In 2022 it was held on the 17th of March 2022 in Stakladen at Aarhus University.

Below you will find more information about the competition and the winners from 2022.

We are looking forward to invite you to the 2023 3MT Competition in March 2023. More information to PhD Students and audience will be made prior to the competition.

What is the 3MT?

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. This challenging exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of the researcher’s capacity to explain their work effectively.

The internal winner at AU wins a 35,000 DKK travel grant and the video of the performance is submitted to the international competition held in 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 on June 7-10 in Padova, Italy. 

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

2022 3MT overall winner – Omeed Neghabat

Omeed is a PhD at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University. He was chosen by the judges as the 3MT overall winner at Aarhus University from a field of 18 strong competitors.

Title: Looking at the human heart from the inside out

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

See Omeed's presentation here.

Additionally, Omeed was part of the three finalists among 23 doctoral students and he won the final in Padova on 10 June 2022. Omeed won a grant in the amount of 3,000 EURO. 

See the 3MT final in Padova here.

2022 3MT People’s Choice Award – Rimsha Binte Jamal

Rimsha is a PhD at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. She was chosen as the People’s Choice winner in a vote in which 200 audience members participated.

Title: Know it before you consume it through a bacterial biosensor

Rimsha won an AU powerbank, an AU thermos bottle and an AU notebook. 

See Rimsha's presentation here.

Participants - 3MT 2022

Anne Lundahl Mauritsen
Arts, Department of the Study of Religion
"Solving the Scandinavian Paradox - The (Non)religiosity of Modern Danes"

Hadi Sehat
Technical Sciences, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
"Compression and Privacy for smart meter data"

Laura Skrubbeltrang Hansen
Technical Sciences, Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics
"Breeding insects to feed the world"

Rimsha Binte Jamal
Natural Sciences, 
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
"Know it before you consume it through a bacterial biosensor"

Solvei Jensen
Natural Sciences, Department of Biology
"Value your wastewater"

Rasmus Schjødt
Aarhus BSS, Department of Political Science
"Supporting vulnerable young people to enter education and work"

Farhad M. Panah
Technical Sciences, Department of Animal Science
"Can microbes help us reduce antibiotic consumption?"

Kristoffer Holm
Aarhus BSS, Business Development and Technology
"Sharing the Wind: We are better as One"

Cecilie Siggaard Jørgensen
Health, Department of Clinical Medicin
"The first genetic proof that bedwetting is a congenital disease and not the fault of the child"

Marius Hogräfer
Natural Sciences, Department of Computer Science
"So, you want to analyze Big Data quickly? Split it up!"


Clémence Rose
Natural Sciences, Department of Biology
"Gut feelings in spiders"

Hartono Tanambell
Technical Sciences, Department of Food Science
"Why are green proteins not on our supermarket shelves yet?"

Darya Vodolazska
Technical Sciences, Department of Animal Science
"Early intervention for maintaining of intestinal health among weaned piglets"

Iker Rivas-González
Natural Sciences, 
Bioinformatics Research Center
"A journey into the past to decipher primate evolution"

Nanna Johnsen
Health, Department of Biomedicine
"The impact of the P2Y2 receptor during sepsis"


Omeed Neghabat
Health, Department of Clinical Medicine
"Looking at the human heart from the inside out"


Sivagowry R. Mørk
Health, Department of Cardiology
"Can a pump save more lives?"

Pernille Clausen
Aarhus BSS, Department of Business Development and Technology
"LUMOS - Illuminating the production floor"