Aarhus University Seal

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The competition will be held on 22 March 2023 in the Stakladen at Aarhus University.

On 2 February 2023 this year's contestants will be announced here at the website!

If you want to join the competition as part of the audience, please sign up either physically or virtually. 

Preliminary programme - 3MT AU Competition - 22 March 2023, 16.00-18.30

  • Welcome and introduction to 3MT
  • Presentations – 3 minutes and 1 slide
  • Break
  • Presentations – 3 minutes and 1 slide
  • Jury deliberation, audience voting and break
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Winner of 3MT

We will update the programme with more details and specific time slots prior to the event

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 will be 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. 

Participants - 3MT 2023

Aaron Hurst
Technical Sciences, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
"Analysing data while it is still compressed"

Isabella Nymann Westensee
Natural Sciences, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
"Artificial Cells that Communicate with Liver Cells"

Andrew Draganov
Natural Sciences, Department of Computer Science
"Density-Based Clustering Done Cleanly"

Jiajia Xu
Technical Sciences, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
"Can fermented porridge reduce antibiotic use in pigs?"

Evangelia Knountsen
Aarhus BSS, Center for Alcohol and Drugs Research
"Danish youngsters' understanding of sexual consent in an alcohol intoxication context"

Jan-Max Arana Juve
Technical Sciences, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering
"Safe water - Smart forever chemicals degradation"

Ida Cecilie Jensen
Technical Sciences, Department of Ecoscience
"The smelly feet of ants and their applications in agriculture"

Rogini Balachandran
Health, Department of Clinical Medicine
"Psychological and late adverse effects following cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC or pelvic exenteration for colorectal cancer"

Juliane Möllmann
Aarhus BSS, Department of Management
"Making mayonnaise – Knowledge transfer within collaborations between corporations and startups"

Thomas From
Technical Sciences, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering
"Valorization of Biogas to Bio-methanol in Power-to-X Schemes Utilizing the eSMR Technology"

Maria Holst Kjeldsen
Technical Sciences, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
"Enteric methane mitigating feed additives fed to dairy cows and consequences of usage"

Kevin Jerez-Bogota
Technical Sciences, Department of Food Science
"Using antibacterial plants to help us raise healthier animals and fight antimicrobial resistance"

Henriette Rübsam
Natural Sciences, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
"Study legumes - save the environment?!"

Theresa Merl
Natural Sciences, Department of Biology
"Pictures of soils for more sustainable agriculture"

Milica Milic
Technical Sciences, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering
"How to make bioplastics - just add sugar"

Nikolaj Ignatieff Schwartzbach
Natural Sciences, Department of Computer Science
"Amazon but no Bezos: How to Sell/Buy Anything without getting Scammed"

Shokouh Arjmand
Health, Department of Clinical Medicine
"A journey in search of circuits"

Important dates - 3MT 2023

Workshop – 21 February 2023, 13.00-16.00
Course in rhetoric, body language, voice control and specific 3MT delivery skills. Participation in the workshop is mandatory. 

Feedback session – 7 March 2023, 13.00-16.00
After the initial workshop, you will have the opportunity to run through your performance in front of the workshop teacher and receive feedback before the competition. Participation is mandatory. 

Practice session – 15 March 2023, 14.00-16.00
A week after the feedback session, you will have the opportunity to run through your performance in front of the other contestants and the organisers of the 3MT competition - one final run through on stage before the 3MT competition. At this point, it's all about the minor details and adjustments. Participation in the practice session is voluntary.

3MT competition at Aarhus University – 22 March 2023, 16.00-18.30
The final event will be held in Stakladen at Aarhus University. All presentations will be live, and a panel of judges will evaluate the performances and select the winner. Audience members will help choose the people’s choice winner. All performances will be recorded and will be made available on this website after the event. 

Meet two former contestants

What have they learned from participating in the competition?

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 at the annual Coimbra Group conference 2022 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.