Three Minute Thesis competition

The challenge for doctoral researchers: communicate your research in just 180 seconds.

3MT 2022

The annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition took place in June 2022 and challenged competitors to be clear, compelling, and, above all, concise as they delivered a spoken presentation on their research topic in a mere 180 seconds with one static slide. For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, the final returned to an in-person competition with a live audience and judging panel.

The competitors

This year our semi-final took place remotely and featured the following researchers:

  • Angus Siberry - School of Physics
  • Sophie Johnson - School of Humanities
  • Jennifer Dumle Daniel - Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Qi Tang - School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Mathematics
  • He Xiao - University of Bristol Law School
  • Michael Beer - School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Beverley Samways - School for Policy Studies
  • Emma Hazelwood - Bristol Medical School
  • Tiah Oates - School of Biochemistry
  • Max Yang - School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Mathematics
  • Sara Madoré - School of Humanities

The winners

We are delighted to announce the following winners of the University of Bristol 2022 competition:

  • Overall winner: Sophie Johnson, Department of History of Art - 'Where are all the women sculptors?'
  • Runner up: Emma Hazelwood, Bristol Medical School - 'How do genetic changes cause cancer?'
  • People's Choice: Jennifer Dumle Daniel - 'The role of women in deepening African entrepreneurial innovation'.

Sophie will progress to the national semi-finals, which will run online during July and August.

Watch the competition online

If you missed the final or semi final you can view these on Youtube via the links below.

 The final

The semi-final

I urge everyone to have a go at the 3MT and take part in Research without Borders. You get a snapshot of all the research at the University that you might never even have realised is happening.

Alfie Wearn (PhD in Clinical Sciences), 2017 Bristol 3MT Winner

Previous 3MT finals

Watch Bristol 3MT finals from previous years on YouTube.

About Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 

Find out more about its origins on the Three Minute Thesis website.

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