JMU Research Academy


3MT® is a competition conducted by universities worldwide, where you can present your doctoral thesis project

  • from any research area,
  • in English,
  • in three minutes,
  • with one supportive slide

JMU joined 3 MT for the first time in 2018, taking part in the european contest organized by the Coimbra Group. Our local winner was nominated for the european finals at the University of Salamanca and came in third. We are eager to repeat that great success and would like to give you the forum to present your doctoral thesis project to a european university audience! Therefore, we will conduct our next local event on

19 March 2020, starting at 4 p.m.

It will take place in at the building of thegraduate schools, lecture hall 0.001. A Jury will vote for our three winners (the audience will also award an additional prize). All presentations will be recorded. Our local winner's video will be handed in for the european challange.

Spectators welcome!

You can participate only as a spectator and cheer for your favorite. In this case, please send us an email and just let us know your name and the number of people you are bringing to the event (we will provide some soft drinks and finger food): wiss.pe@uni-wuerzburg.de

If you are an advanced (= end of 2nd year+) doctoral researcher at the University of Würzburg, we invite you to express your interest in participation by contacting us directly to discuss details of participation. We explicitly invite doctoral researchers from ALL academic fields and regardless of whether or not they are  associated with one of the graduate schools!

We can admit up to 12 presentations for our event on March 19. Should there be more than 12 participants there are going to be internal preliminary rounds.


Please express your interest in participation by contacting

directly to discuss the details of your participation, the schedule and further information.

Presenters will be encouraged to participate in a preparative workshop (see below)


You can also participate only as a spectator and cheer for your favorite. In this case, please send us an email and just let us know your name and the number of people you are bringing to the event: wiss.pe@uni-wuerzburg.de

  • Being able to explain complex thoughts and results to non-specialists is expected as a core competence for any profession at doctoral level. Participation is thus an asset to your CV.
  • As scientists and scholars we also bear responsibility to communicate our work to society in order to raise awareness, spread knowledge, and maintain trust.
  • All presentations will be video recorded, and the video of the local winner ‑as judged by an interdisciplinary jury‑ will be submitted for the Coimbra Group for selection of three finalists to present at the University of Montpellier, France,  10‑12 June 2020.
  • Some small prizes will be awarded at our local event (100 € each for the winner, the two runners‑up and the people's choice).
  • We provide a preparative workshop, which is not obligatory, but highly recommended. See below for further details ...

The preparative workshop will take place in two sessions at the Conference Hall, Graduate School's building - the actual location where the competition will take place on March 19.

Session 1: 23 January 2019, 10:00-13:00

  • "Theory" on 3MT: why, what for, what to keep in mind
  • stage presence and presenting
  • practical exercises (power-point karaoke)
  • group discussion

Session 2: 12 February 2019, 10:00-13:00

Between the first and the second session, participants will have to develop a fist version of their 3MT talk. The talk will be presented in the second session. You will get valuable Feedback not only from our coaches but the other competitors as well.

Coaches for the workshop are:

  • Dr. Brooke Morriswood, scientist, science slammer,  actor, director, producer and science blogger
  • Dr. Stephan Schröder-Köhne, 3MT organizer and Coimbra 3MT judge (representative for natural and life sciences)
  • Krischan Brandl, staff development specialist (representative for the social science and humanities)
  • Christelle Linsenmann, staff development specialist (representative for economics)

by sending an email to schroeder-koehne@uni-wuerzburg.de
We will provide a certificate for this course recognized by the graduate schools & academic staff development and of general usefulness for your CV.


Competition rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Source: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/

Judging criteria

Comprehension and content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Source: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/

Resources for prospective presenters

1. Tutorials

2. Watch winning presentations!

Just to further demonstrate that 3MT is not only about natural/life sciences see winners from e.g.

  • 23 January 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: preparative workshop, part I (see above)
  • 12 Febuary 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: preparative workshop, part II (see above)
  • 6 March 2020: registration deadline
  • 17 March 2020, 4 p.m.: internal premilimary contest (if necessary, due to number of participants)
  • 19 March 2020, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: main local contest in Würzburg
  • 30 March 2020: local winner's video will be handed in with COIMBRA GROUP for online voting
  • 10-12 June 2020: 3 european winners will compete live at COIMBRA GROUP conference at Montpelliers, France