The final of King’s College London’s 3 Minute Thesis competition was held on June 9. Heats 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.
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 Aldalati – Cardiovascular 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.