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Advance notification for the call for participation in the Three-Minute Thesis competition in March 2023

Can you present the core message of your doctoral thesis in just three minutes and with only one static slide? Can you explain your research to a group of lay people – in English? And finally, are you interested in a trip to Cologne in June 2023? Then this is something for you!

We are pleased to announce that the Coimbra Group Three-Minute Thesis (CG 3MT) competition in Göttingen will be held again in March 2023.

Detailed information and application procedures for participation will be available in the December GAUSS newsletter. Application will be open in January – so please stay tuned.


Haven’t heard about the 3MT competition so far?

Göttingen’s PhD students already participated three times at their own 3MT competition and each time they made it to the finals:

2017 Tanvi Butola (second prize in Edinburgh, GAUSS)

2019 Claudia Schmidt (winner in Krakow, GAUSS)

2020 Selina Bruns (runner-up virtually in Montpellier, GFA)

You can find the finalist videos on the Coimbra Group website:

The live final of the 2023 edition of the competition will take place during the CG Annual Conference at the University of Cologne (31 May – 2 June 2023).


The rules of the competition are simple, but not easy:

Each participant has only 3 minutes to present his or her research with a single PowerPoint-slide to an educated lay audience in such a way that they can easily follow and understand what the person is working on. The candidates presentation will be filmed.

The video of Göttingen´s best PhD student, judged by a jury from the four Göttingen Graduate Schools, will be send to the Coimbra Doctoral Studies Working Group in Brussels, and will be evaluated online together with the winners from the other Coimbra universities by representatives of all participating universities. From the votes they will then select the three finalists from all 3MT candidates.