Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis challenges PhD researchers to describe their work, in a non-specialist language, to a general audience in just three minutes. An average 80,000-word thesis takes nine hours to present.
The research topics presented covered a range of disciplines including mental health, pregnancy and cancer.
The winner of the competition was Temilola Olukayode Olanrewaju, a freshwater biologist who is investigating the battle against suberbugs, which are resistant to many of our antibiotics and a leading cause of hospital-related infections.
Speaking about his win, Temilola Olukayode Olanrewaju said:
“The Three Minute Thesis has given me more confidence, in speaking about my research. It’s a great way to focus on what’s important. Three minutes isn’t long, especially when you’re passionate about your work. It’s a challenge deciding what to leave out, because you don’t want to undersell the impact of your project.”
Lisa Thompson, Development Manager at Ulster University Doctoral College said:
“This challenge gives our PhD researchers, often immersed in their specialities, a fantastic opportunity to share and promote their work with a wider audience. It is also an excellent way for students to build their confidence and fine tune their presentation skills.”
“We have had a great response to our first competition and we are already planning for our 2019 competition.”
Temilola Olukayode Olanrewaju will now take part in the national semi-final, with the chance to be selected for the UK Final in Birmingham in September.