Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Would you be able to explain an 80,000 word document on cutting-edge scientific research in three minutes flat?

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (abbreviated 3MT) originates from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Universities around the world encourage PhD students to talk about their research projects in no more than three minutes. Each participant is allowed to aid their presentation with a single slide without any sounds or animations. Also no props, dance moves, songs or poems are allowed.

tomek-3minutethesis

Despite these strict criteria, this year saw Oxford DPhil students from each of the four divisions within the University (Humanities, Social Sciences, MPLS and Medical Sciences) entering the competition by submitting lay abstracts of their research projects. After this initial selection each division held its own competition to select representatives from each. The Medical Sciences Division round was held in the George Pickering Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital on 2nd June. After five students gave their presentations, the jury selected two that would present at the University of Oxford final: Lien Davidson from the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Tomasz Dobrzycki from the WIMM.

The final took place at the Department of Mathematics in the afternoon of 14th June. After an introductory keynote on the benefits of engaging the public with scientific research from one of the jury members, David Pyle from the Earth Sciences, seven DPhil students from the four divisions gave their three-minute long presentations. While the jury were making their decision, the students and their guests relaxed with a glass of wine and snacks. In the end, the award for the best presentation was given to Tomasz Dobrzycki from the WIMM and the video of his presentation will now represent Oxford in the UK national semi-final.

Huge congratulations to Tomasz on this remarkable achievement, and best of luck for the semi-final!

You can watch the videos of the winner and of the other finalists here.

Similar stories

Changes in blood cell production over the human lifetime may hold clues to patterns of disease

A new paper published this week in Cell Reports reveals that changes in the gene expression of blood stem cells occur across the human lifetime; an important step in the understanding and treatment of blood disorders.

New Associate Professor appointments announced

Congratulations to Dr Bethan Psaila, Dr Benjamin Fairfax, Dr Hashem Koohy, Dr Andrew Blackford and Dr Oliver Bannard who have all been awarded the title of Associate Professor in recognition of their research achievements, contribution to teaching and contributions to the Medical Sciences Division.

Mechanism behind repair of cancer-inducing mutations discovered

New Nature paper uncovers the precise mechanism behind how the BRCA1 protein detects and engages with DNA breaks in the genome, helping to prevent the development of breast and ovarian cancers.

DNA breakthrough could help identify why some people are more affected by Covid-19

Scientists from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine have developed a method that allows them to see, with far greater accuracy, how DNA forms large scale structures within a cell nucleus.