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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 and see the contestants from 2023 below. 

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

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. 

Participants - 3MT 2023

Shokouh Arjmand
Health, Department of Clinical Medicine
"Digging into the blues: Mind the gap revisited"

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
"Fermented Cereals: A Better Baby Food for Weaning Piglets?"

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
"Surviving cancer – is it all that matters?"

Juliane Möllmann
Aarhus BSS, Department of Management
"Making mayonnaise – Collaborations between corporations and startups"

Nikolaj Ignatieff Schwartzbach
Natural Sciences, Department of Computer Science
"Provably Fraud-Proof Online Marketplaces"

Maria Holst Kjeldsen
Technical Sciences, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
"Methane from dairy cows and how to reduce it"

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
"Learn from peas - save fertilizer"

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"

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.

Ida's presentation will be uploaded soon here at this website

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.

Milica's presentation will be uploaded soon here at this website

Meet two former contestants

What have they learned from participating in the competition?