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3MT virtual competition


Hello! Welcome to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) virtual competition guide.

This guide has been designed to help you create your virtual 3MT® presentation. You will find information on the software, support and infrastructure available at UniSA to help you create your video both on and off campus. 

What is the 3MT and how is this year different?

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by the University of of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 

In 2020 due to social distancing measures in place relating to the COVID-19 pandemic the 3MT® competition will be in a virtual format. In 2020 3MT® presentations will be via video submission, this applies to both UniSA 3MT® and the 2020 Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis Competition. 

You will not be judged on your editing abilities or the quality of your video. The video must adhere to the competition rules to be eligible but you will be judged on your presentation, your slide and your ability to communicate your research to a non-specialist audience. For more information see the virtual competition webpages

Interested to participate? Contact your Academic Unit for more information, and to register your interest.

Why participate?

The 3MT® competition gives you a chance to promote your research and share its significance. It is also a great way to hone your presentation and communication skills, including communicating your research in a way that is accessible to the broader public. This is a great opportunity to develop important skills you can apply throughout your candidature and career, including:

  • research communication skills
    • communicating with impact
    • promoting your research to a non-specialist audience
  • increasing the visibility and reach of your research
  • presentation skills
    • style and confidence 
  • basic video editing skills

You are also competing for the chance to represent UniSA at the Asia Pacific 3MT® Final. See here more information on UniSA 3MT®, including 2019 finalist presentations. 

 In this short video Dr Megan Rossi (winner of the 2014 University of Queensland 3MT®) talks about the benefits of participating in the competition.