The Unibo Competition

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.

Seven years ago, the University of Bologna joined the Coimbra Group 3MT Competition. Each university participating to the Coimbra Group 3MT Competition selects their best candidate and sends a video recording of their presentations to the Doctoral Studies Working Group (DS WG). The winners of each university will compete against other candidates at the European level. The DS WG will select 3 finalists  among them to participate in the live Final Competition at the CG Annual Conference!




  • 23 November 2023: Expression of Interest opens (form online) 
  • 20 December 2023: Expression of Interest closes
  • 17 January 2024: Selection results announcement
  • 22 February 2024: 3MT Competition event at Unibo (in-person for the 10 finalists, the jury, and the voting audience, streamed for the public)
  • 6 June 2024: Coimbra Group Live Final
    The live final of the 2023 competition will take place during the CG Annual Conference in Turku.