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Reminder: Call for participants in the “Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT) Competition” (deadline 13 Feb 2023)

Coimbra 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 between 31 May and 2 June 2023? Then this is something for you!

We are delighted to launch the call for the 2023 Edition of the Coimbra Group Three-Minute-Thesis (CG 3MT) Competition


Haven’t heard about it 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 final of the 2023 edition will be held at the Coimbra Group Annual Conference at the University of Cologne, on 31 May – 2 June 2023. Now it is the turn of the member universities – such as the University of Göttingen – to hold their own competitions and to select their best candidate for the international CG 3MT Competition in Cologne.

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. Competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.

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 who will present in Cologne.

The Competition here in Göttingen will be held on 7 March 2023 at ZHG 001 starting at 5 p.m.

How do you prepare? How do we prepare?

First, we are happy to announce that again we can offer a COACHING for all PhD students, who will present on 7 March. In two preparatory sessions, which will take place 21 & 27 February from 12:30 – 14:30, you will be able to discuss your three-minute presentation and to work on your slide design regarding its content and presentation.
You will find out how challenging it is to present your PhD topic in just 3 minutes to a general, non-scientific audience with only one static slide.

For those who are interested in participating in the 3MT Competition in Göttingen, here all rules for the Coimbra Group 3MT Competition.


To apply for the participationas a contestant in the 3MT Competition 2023, please send an email until 13 February 2023 with the following information to the GAUSS Office:

  • Name
  • PhD program
  • Working title of your thesis

A decision on the successful application will be made and communicated to you shortly after the deadline.


  • Participation in coaching and competition will only be possible in accordance with the University’s current regulations for events.
  • By accepting to participate in the CG 3MT competition, contestants agree to have the videos of their presentations from their institutional live final available on Google Drive (for voters to view them)

If you just want to come as a guest to join this vibrant and cross-disciplinary event, mark it in your schedule. We will update you via the newsletters, this website and the event calendar of the university.