Vitae 3MT® competition 2021 process

We will host the 2021 Vitae Three Minute Thesis  (3MT®) competition, open to any Vitae member organisation holding an institutional 3MT® competition for its own researchers before the end of June 2021.

Format for 3MT® 2021

Single institutions or pairs/groups of institutions holding 3MT® competitions should conform to the rules set out by the University of Queensland at www.threeminutethesis.org.

  • Each Vitae member institution needs to register their intention to hold a 3MT® competition with Vitae. If your University has not previously held a 3MT® competition, please ensure you also register with the University of Queensland. It is important that the University of Queensland's revised criteria is applied to all 3MT® competitions. Vitae judges will be scoring using the revised criteria
  • The 3MT® branding guidelines publicised by the University of Queensland should be followed on all web pages, printed and other materials associated with local competitions
  • Our UK semi-final will be an online event
  • Our UK final will be an online event, provisional date September 2021, to be confirmed
  • At the final, a judges’ choice winner and a people’s choice winner will be chosen

Timings 

  • The video entry to the semi-final should be provided to Vitae by 2nd July. It is advisable for you to have this ready by 25 June 2021
  • The online semi-final will run during July and August  
  • The six finalists will be announced by 20 August  
  • The final will take place online. All six finalists will need to attend the online event and will present to event attendees.

Eligibility

  • Doctoral candidates who have not yet had their viva at the time of the local competition will be eligible to enter this national competition
  • Semi-final entries may be filmed during the local competition or separately
  • The same rules apply to the online stage as apply to the live events (1 slide, no props, 3 minutes maximum etc)
  • No individual entries to the online semi-finals are permitted. Semi-finalists must be winners of a local competition. Only a single winner per institution may be put forward to the Vitae competition.

Other

  • Details of how to enter the online semi-final will be publicised to all Vitae member institutions, online and details will be sent directly to those who express an interest in joining the 2021 competition
  • Participating institutions should be prepared to cover expenses incurred by winners taking part in the nation-wide competition, such as travel and accommodation costs for the live final, if applicable

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