The Unibo Competition


16 December 2020: Expression of Interest opens (Form online to be used)

   11 January 2021: Expression of Interest closes

   1 February 2021: Selection of 14 PhD students among those who expressed an interest. The selection will be made by the Official Jury

25 February 2021: 3M Competition event @Unibo (in presence for the 14 finalists and streamed for the audience)

The Unibo winner will compete against the other candidates at European level.

16-18 June 2021: Coimbra Group Final award. The live final of the 2021 competition will take place during the CG Annual Conference at Charles University in Prague.

The CG 3MT final takes place during the CG Annual Conference. Before this event, each participating university shall select their best candidate and send a video recording of their presentations to the Doctoral Studies Working Group (DS WG), who will then select 3 finalists to participate in the live competition at the Annual Conference.

 In 2008 the University of Queensland in Australia held a competition called ‘Three Minute Thesis’ ( in which PhD candidates explained their research to an ‘intelligent lay audience’ in three minutes with only one slide. In the following years, the 3MT competition has developed into a global phenomenon and has been held at multiple institutions across the world. In June 2017, the Coimbra Group held its first 3MT final during the annual General Assembly at the University of Edinburgh.

The University of Bologna joined the 3MT Competition 4 years ago.