International 3MT competition popularises scientific research

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The world-famous academic Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition will be held in Tampere for the second time. The purpose of the competition is to encourage researchers to present their research topics in a comprehensible manner to the public. In the finals, five competitors will introduce the audience to the secrets of their research in three minutes.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT), which is organised by Tampere University for the second time now, is an academic competition where doctoral candidates have three minutes to present their dissertation topic to the general public as clearly and interestingly as possible. The aim is to communicate research and its results and significance in a manner that enables non-experts to understand what it is all about.

“A researcher who speaks skilfully and clearly about his or her research can reach audiences and partners outside the academic community more easily,” emphasises Matias Nurminen, Senior Specialist in Tampere University’s Innovation Culture development programme who is coordinating the competition. 

Good communication skills increase awareness of research

The 3MT final will be held as part of the Tiedon valoa event on Saturday, January 29, 2021. The finalists will perform live at Tampere Hall, and the audience can watch the performances online. The language of the competition is English.

Five researchers from various faculties at Tampere University made their way to the finals. Ropafadzo Mzezewa and Paula Puistola from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Prabudeva Ramu from the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Yoshito Mizukawa from the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, and Yelyzaveta Glybchenko from the Faculty of Management and Business will perform in the finals. The finalists and their research topics are presented at the end of this main page news item.  

Tampere University’s experts from the Doctoral School and Research and Innovation Services have coached the competitors. 

”Doctoral researchers have embraced different formats and genres of communicating about their research. They understand how important it is to have community involvement in research consumption ¬–that’s research impact and societal interaction. Plus it helps massively in crystalizing what is the essence of the doctoral dissertation,” praises Ira Virtanen, the Specialist from the Doctoral School who has coached the finalists.

The members of jury of the 3MT competition in Tampere are Professor of Communication Sciences Pekka Isotalus from Tampere University, Vice-president of Innovation and Venturing Anne Jalkala from Fortum as well as José Frantz, who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible of research and innovation at University of the Western Cape. The winner of the Tampere competition will receive a travel grant.

The 3MT competition was founded by the Australian University of Queensland (UQ) and it is now held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide. In Finland, the University of Turku has organised the 3MT competition since 2017.

The virtual event takes place on Saturday 29rd of January starting at 14 o'clock. It can be followed without registration. The remote connection link will be updated on the event site. The remote connection link will be updated to the programme.

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