3 Minute Thesis winner announced

The final of King’s College London’s 3 Minute Thesis competition was held on June 9. 3 Minute ThesisHeats had been held across the College during May and eight doctoral students were nominated to compete in the Grand Final. Following eight presentations of a very high standard, Lucy Blandford from Dental and Health Sciences Research in the Dental Institute was declared the winner by the panel of judges. Jane Chang from Psychological Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience was runner-up.

The competition was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and is now run by over 350 universities worldwide. The format is simple – PhD students had 3 minutes to talk about their research. One slide was allowed but, other than that, no props. It had to be spoken word with no songs, mimes, poems or raps and they were to aim their talk at an audience of ‘intelligent non-specialists’. The participants were judged on comprehension & content and engagement & communication.

Lucy will now represent King’s in the UK semi-finals and, if successful there, in the national final which will take place at the Vitae conference in Manchester, in September.

Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School, said “the ability of our research students to communicate their ideas in an engaging and accessible way continues to impress. We wish Lucy all the best in the national competition.”

3 Minute Thesis will run again at King’s in 2017.

3 Minute Thesis – Grand Final

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis
Thursday 9 June, 3pm
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus

The rules are simple in this academic communication competition: contestants must explain their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

No props, sound or moving images; no poems, raps, songs or mimes; only a single PowerPoint slide is allowed.

All students and staff are invited to watch this year’s contestants take to the lectern in a bid to be crowned the winner of the 2016 King’s 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final.

We are also delighted to welcome Professor Sophie Scott, Deputy Director at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and one the UK’s best academic communicators who will speak on engaging the public with academic research.

Eight finalists were selected during heats held throughout May, each with the chance of winning up to £500 and a place representing King’s in the national 3 minute thesis competition:

  • Omar AldalatiCardiovascular Research Division, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
  • Lucy Blandford – Clinical Dentistry, Dental Institute
  • Jane Pei-Chen Chang- Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Christiane Hahn – MRC Centre for Developmental Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Zunera Khan – Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Hong-Ting Kwok – MRC Centre for Developmental Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Kayleigh-Marie Nunez – Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Jorge Palacios – Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Show your support for the finalists and come along to watch the Grand Final on Thursday 9 June at 3pm. More information about the 3 Minute Thesis Competition can be found on the Researcher Development Programme’s website.

3 Minute Thesis

Could you explain your thesis in three minutes?

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis is a competition open to any King’s student currently studying for a PhD or other doctorate (including pre-upgrade).

The rules are simple: explain your research (or an aspect of it) to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. No props, sound or moving images allowed; no poems, raps, songs or mimes. Only a single static PowerPoint slide is permissible. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges.

A series of heats will be held during May with two winning contestants from each heat going forwards to the King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final. The winner of the Grand Final will be invited to represent the College at the 2016 UK 3 Minute Thesis National Semi-Finals.

You can book your place on one of the heats via Skills Forge. The course code is PGR600 “3 Minute Thesis Heats”. Places will be strictly limited to 20 for each heat.

The dates of each heat are:

(All 2-4pm unless stated)

  • Tuesday 3 May, Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus
  • Thursday 5 May, S.-2.08, Strand Campus
  • Tuesday 10 May, Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus
  • Tuesday 17 May, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus
  • Grand Final: Thursday 9 June 3-5pm Edmund J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus.

For more background to the competition visit the link here.

Any questions? Email: ross.english@kcl.ac.uk.

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Could you explain your thesis in three minutes?

3minthesis

King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis is a competition open to any King’s student studying for a PhD or other doctorate in one of the seven participating schools:

  • Dental Institute
  • Florence Nightingale School of Nursery & Midwifery
  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences & Public Policy

The rules are simple: explain your research (or an aspect of it) to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. No props, sound or moving images allowed; no poems, raps, songs or mimes; only a single static PowerPoint slide is permissible. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges.

Each participating school will hold its own heat with two winning contestants going forwards to the King’s College London 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final. The winner of the Grand Final will be invited to represent the College at the 2014 UK 3 Minute Thesis National Finals. The School heats will take place between late-April to May with the King’s Grand Final on the 22 May.

For more details or to express your interest email: ross.english@kcl.ac.uk.

An introductory webinar for anyone interested in competing will be held on March 12 at 2PM. Visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7189477092615014658

Full details of the competition can be found here.