The Coimbra Group 3-Minute-Thesis Competition

 Rules of the Competition

  • The pitch sould be in English and last 3 minutes, competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted - widescreen 16:9 size (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description)The focus will be on the speech and not on the image. The image is only a reference.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. laser pointer, costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, animated backgrounds) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.



The 3MT is about communicating research results, not mere research plans. Therefore, active doctoral researchers (i.e. prior to thesis defense, no graduates) are eligible to participate if and only if they have already achieved substantial research results that can and have to be presented in the presentation. Presentations not reporting tangible results will be excluded from participation by the technical jury. Graduates are not eligible.

To be eligible:

  • Highlight the outcomes of your research.
  • Avoid overstatements.
  • Avoid trivialisation.