Coimbra Group 3-Minute-Thesis competition


We are delighted to announce the call for the second CG Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT) Competition.

Following the success of the first CG 3MT Competition, which took place for the first time in 2017 with the three shortlisted contestants competing live in Edinburgh, we are inviting all CG member universities to participate in the 2018 edition, taking place during the CG General Assembly at the University of Salamanca (1 June 2018).

The timeline is as follows:

For further information about the 3MT, please visit:

Contact person at the CG Office: Anna Quici

2018 CG 3MT call This document provides the technical guidelines as well as useful tips for your own institutional competition.



The Coimbra Group held its first 3-Minute-Thesis (3MT) competition in 2017.

We are happy to announce that Mr Oisin McCormack (University of Padova, left on the photo) is the winner of the 2017 CG 3MT competition!

Ms Tanvi Butola (University of Göttingen, to the right) won the second prize while Ms Maddie Long (University of Edinburgh, in the middle) won the third prize. We wish to thank all three finalists for their outstanding performance!

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition consists of effectively explain one’s research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources.

An initiative of the Doctoral Studies Working Group, the CG 3MT competition first round took place in April. All CG Universities were invited to participate by submitting the video of the finalist from their own internal competition. 20 PhD candidates (from 20 CG Universities) took part in the first round. The panel was composed by the members of the Doctoral Studies WG, and, in the case of those universities with no representative in the Doctoral Studies WG, the CG Representative was invited to cast the vote on behalf of his/her university.

A total of 21 CG Universities submitted their vote. Voters were requested to assign 3, 2 and 1 point(s) to their preferred top three candidates.

Tanvi Butola, Maddie Long and Oisin McCormack were the finalists of the first round. They then competed against each other at the live final which took place during the CG General Assembly at the University of Edinburgh on 9th June 2017. 

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