Coimbra MT180s

Background to the 3MT Competition
In 2008 the University of Queensland in Australia held a competition called ‘Three Minute Thesis’ (http://threeminutethesis.org/start-3mt) where PhD candidates explain their research to an ‘intelligent lay audience’ in three minutes with only one slide. Over the years following, the 3MT competition has become a global phenomenon and has been held in multiple institutions across the world.
In June 2017, the Coimbra Group held its first 3MT final during the annual General Assembly at the University of Edinburgh.
Some member universities ask the winner and runner up of their own competition to present annually to the university senate and at the university induction event for new doctoral researchers, as well as
at other events. These presentations always receive positive feedback.


CG 3MT Competition Format
The CG 3MT final takes place at the CG Annual Conference. Prior to this, each participating university must select its best candidate and send a video recording of their presentation to the Doctoral Studies
Working Group (DS WG), who will then select, from these videos, the 3 finalists who will compete in a live competition at the Annual Conference.
Working backwards from the CG Annual Conference, to be held in June 2019, competing universities will have to submit a video of their competitor by the end of March, in order to allow sufficient time for
the DS WG to select the top 3 for the final. The timing of events up to the submission of the video recording is flexible and may be adjusted to suit the requirements of each participating university.
However, for guidance, a suggested timeline follows.


Timeline

 Date

Proposed (member institutions to choose):

 Information
 October – November 2018  Announce date of institutional final and start to promote
January – February 2019   Department/School/Unit level competitions
 March 2019   Institutional finals
   


Fixed:

 31th March 2019
 Deadline for video submissions for Coimbra Group Final
1st – 3rd April 2019  Eligibility check by the group of technical experts
4th – 17th April 2019   DS WG members vote for top 3 entries
 5th – 7th June 2019  Coimbra Group Final
 
Rules for the Coimbra Group 3 Minute Thesis Competition
In principle, the University of Queensland Rules for videos apply to the Coimbra Group competition and have only been slightly modified for uniformity, comparability and technical simplicity.
  1. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  2. A single static slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description). As regards the video submitted to the CG Office, the slide must not be included/merged into the video, but must be submitted as a separate PDF file. A title slide containing the name of the university, the name of the contestant, the title of the presentation and the research area should be submitted along with the slide illustrating the talk.
  3. The video must be filmed a t an institutional live 3MT event, and not be a “studio” recording. It must have only one camera angle filmed from one static position. Zoom in and out from the static position is acceptable. The presentation by the doctoral researcher must stand for itself: oral introductions at the event shall not be included, nor any opening credits by the producers.
  4. The 3-minute audio must be continuous–no cuts, edits, breaks etc.
  5. No additional props (e.g. laser pointer, costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, animated backgrounds) are permitted.
  6. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  8. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  9. Video submissions not following the rules above will not be accepted. A group of technical experts will decide upon such cases. Eligible videos will be judged by the jury. Its decision is final.
 
Judging Criteria
While any research topic from any research field can be presented at 3MT, there are judging criteria that determine the quality of a presentation:
These criteria shall be applied in the local events, the initial procedure to determine the finalists as well as in the finals.
In judging the presentations it should be understood that scholarly and scientific research is at the core of the activity. Thus the findings, results and the evidence for it must play a significant role in the
presentation. Mere claims and overstatements of any kind regarding the scientific findings and their consequences or relevance must be avoided.