Invitation from the Dean of Research: Professor Patrick Heaven

Published: Wednesday 19th August 2015


Dear Colleagues

I am writing to extend a warm invitation to you and your colleagues to attend the ACU Three Minute Thesis Final on Friday 11 September from 1.30 – 3.30 pm at the Christ Lecture Theatre, Melbourne Campus.

A light lunch will be held following the presentations and we would be delighted if you could also join us for this.

As you know, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition for PhD students.

Usually, an 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present.  However, in 3MT students have just three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The first 3MT was held at the University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

3MT competitions are now held in at least 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide.

The winner of the ACU final will go on to compete in the 2015 Trans-Tasman finals at the University of Queensland on 2 October 2015.

Please email or phone 03 9953 3657 to confirm your attendance and advise any special dietary requirements with your RSVP.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards