Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Training session

You may have given other presentations about your research, perhaps a confirmation seminar, a mid-candidature review, or maybe even some conference presentations. 

Front cover of the 3MT handbook, showing a student in front of a big crowd

Download the Competitor Handbook for more information.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is very different from these. In fact many of the things you learned for these presentations you need to unlearn for 3MT.

This workshop explains what the 3MT is and how it works. It describes the judging criteria, and provides strategies and suggestions to help you win over the judging panel. You will discover how to make your presentation stand out and be memorable, how to prepare and practice, what to do on the day itself, and importantly, strategies to cope with the inevitable anxiety.

The workshop is designed for any research student who is thinking of participating in the 3MT competition, and includes a set of tools you can use to help you prepare for the 3MT.

The topics covered will include:

  • Identifying your message
  • Understanding the audience
  • The judging criteria
  • Making it interesting
  • Developing your slide
  • How to deliver
  • Dealing with anxiety and nerves

Speaker: Hugh Kearns, ThinkWell
Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors. Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.


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