Watch the whole event of the 3MTCompetition, Unibo Edition 2021 and the finalists' single speeches:

The winner of Unibo 2021 3MT Competition is:
Luca Bondi, PhD fellow in Nanoscience for Medicine and Environment at the Department of Physics, 2nd year.
The title of his research is: 
Shed light where water meets plastics: a new hope for a greener world fighting diseases

Runner up
Vittoria Laghi
, 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering
The title of her research is: Study of innovative steel 3D-printing process for structural engineering applications

Third Place
Caterina Morganti, 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Architecture.
The title of her research isThe digitalized management of processes between theory and practice: Historical/Heritage Building Information Modelling


The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research to a general audience in English in less than three minutes. The 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community.

PhD candidates attending the second or third year of doctoral schools are eligible to participate.


1st Round @ Unibo

The competition will take place on February 25, 2021, at 5 pm.  
A jury supported by the voting audience will select three best presentations among 14 finalists.

The jury is composed of Antonino Rotolo, Vice Rector for Research, Beatrice Fraboni, Director of the Collegio Superiore, Andrei Cosmin Siea, Member of the Collegio Superiore and Maria Francesca Di Filippo, winner of 3MT Competition Final 2020.

The event will take place in presence in the University premises, entirely online, or in blended modality, according to the evolution of the Covid-19 health emergency. We will provide further updates in January. 

2nd Round

The video of the winning presentation will be sent to an independent Coimbra Group jury. This jury nominates three contestants for the international Coimbra Group Three Minute Thesis Competition Final to be held on 16-18 June 2021.




2020 3MT winner: Maria Francesca Di Filippo

In 2020, a Unibo student won the 3MT competition final: Maria Francesca Di Filippo with her PhD project on the properties of chitosan films enriched with Snail slime.