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Three Minute Thesis finals

3MT-kisan pääkuva
Are you interested in research but find understanding the language of academia or an unfamiliar field of science a challenge? Welcome to watch the finals of the virtual 3MT competition where Tampere University’s doctoral candidates present their research topics in a comprehensible, clear and inspiring manner in just three minutes!

Tampere University is organising the internationally popular Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for the first time. The finals will be organised virtually at 14.00–15.00 on Saturday 23 January 2021 as part of the Science Days event. The finals are open to audience free of charge. The presentation language is English. Welcome to join this inspiring event! 

Further information about the program of Tieteen päivät (Duetto-kanava, at 14.00)  

What is 3MT?   

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition where doctoral candidates have three minutes to present their dissertation topics as interestingly as possible. The competition offers the general public exciting openings into the academic world. 

The aim of the competition is to develop researchers’ presentation and communication skills as well as their ability to popularise research. The winner of the 3MT finals will participate in the international Southern African-Nordic Centre’s (SANORD) 3MT competition

The 3MT competition was founded by the Australian University of Queensland (UQ) and it is now held in 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.

Programme of the event 

Saturday, 23, January 2021 Duetto-kanava 

You can watch the event here (Duetto-channel): at 14:00  Welcome by moderator Annina Lattu 
  Presenting the judging panel:  
  • Innovation Director Taru Pilvi, Tampere University 
  • Professor of Communication Pekka Isotalus, Tampere University 
  • Pro Vice-chancellor for Global Engagement and Challenge-based Learning Cecilia Christersson, Malmö University, Southern African-Nordic Centre board member 
“Science Communication is for Everyone”  
  • Dr. Ira Virtanen, Specialist in Researcher Competence, Doctoral School, Tampere University 
Competition finalists give their Three Minute Thesis presentations  
  • Alma Yrjänäinen,
    Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology:
    “Developing a Three-dimensional, Human-based Study Model for Obesity”
  • Heidi Tuorila,
    Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
    “The Brains of Light” 
  • Mary Nurminen,
    Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences 
    “Beyond the Technology: Unexpected Ways People Use Machine Translation”
  • Veera Koskue,
    Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences 
    “What You Flush Down the Toilet Might Feed You in the Future” 
  • Andrei Tregubov,
    Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences 
    “Model Predictive Control (MPC)” 
The judging panel deliberates on the scores 
  Voting for the People’s Choice Award opens for the audience 
  • Research Director Pirjo Nikander, Doctoral School, Tampere University 
Judging panel’s remarks 
  Announcing the winners 
  at 15:00  Competition concludes


Read more about the background and evaluation criteria of the competition.

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Further information

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Matias Nurminen,, tel. +358 503 182 397