The 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition

Finalists and audience members get ready for the 2018 competition.

The 2018 competitors

Following departmental heats, the finalists present their theses in 3 minutes in front of a panel of judges.

The 2018 3MT Judges

The panel of judges for the competition comprises academics and research leaders, and follows strict judging criteria

The 2018 Three Minute Thesis winners

The winners of the 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition. L-R: Maria Lucey (3rd place), Hannah Maude (2nd place), Paulina Rowinska, (1st place), Matt Douthwaite (People's Choice Award)

Three Minute Thesis Competition Winners, Judges and Host 2018

Three Minute Thesis Competition Winners, Judges and Host 2018

Watch the 2017 3MT finalists here!

Please click here to view video's of the finalists delivering their pitches at the 2017 3MT competition!

Three Minute Thesis Competition 2018

Having successfully won their departmental heats, 19 students from across the College came together on Tuesday 24th April 2018 to see who would be victorious at the Graduate School’s prestigious Three Minute Thesis competition. The challenge for these competitors was to condense their research in to a talk of 3 minutes or less, convey it to a diverse audience, whilst demonstrating the relevance of science in society and the contribution their research makes to our day-to-day lives. No mean feat!

The standard this year was incredibly high, giving the judges the unenviable task of deciding who would be crowned overall winner. After much deliberation, that accolade was awarded to Paulina Rowinska from the CDT Maths of Planet Earth for her talk entitled ‘Winds of Change’. Second place was awarded to Maria Lucey from the Department of Medicine, for her talk entitled ‘Food for Thought: Inhibiting Appetite with Prokineticin’. Third place was awarded to Hannah Maude, also from the Department of Medicine for her talk ‘Genomics of Common Disease’. Finally, the ‘People’s Choice Award’ went to Matt Douthwaite from the  Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering for his talk about ‘Wearable Integrated Circuits for Sweat Analysis’. A full list of competitors can be found here.  

Thanks to everyone who helped, took part and came along to watch!

This year's competition was hosted by Professor Tom Welton, Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, and the judges were as follows,

  • Rosie Waldron, Engagement Manager, Francis Crick Institute
  • Dr Helal Ahmed, Teaching Fellow and Public Engagement Champion at the Graduate School
  • Dr Amy Seakins, Engagement Coordinator for Evaluation & Impact at Imperial College London
  • Simon Schoeller, Last year's 3MT winner and PhD student in the Department of Mathematics

Please click here to view a copy of the programme, which includes further information about each of the competitors and their talks.

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