3MT Competition

The Three Minute Thesis – 3MT competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The concept and format was founded by The University of Queensland (Australia) and you can read more about it here.

The competitors have 1 slide to summarize their research in just 3 MINUTES. Please read more about the rules and judging criteria below. 

PUBLIC CHOICE PRIZE. Following all the 3MT presentations, the audience will be asked to vote on who they think gave the most convincing presentation using the voting function in Zoom. Additionally to the public choice award, there is also prizes for the winner and the runner-up. These two last prices will be decided by the JUDGES and announced in a prize ceremony during the last plenary of the conference March 18, 17.15-17.45.

Judging panel

  • Bas Arts, Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
  • Eva Lieberherr, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
  • Tobias Schulz, WSL (Switzerland)


  • Aurelio Padovezi, University of Padua (Italy): Does Social Innovation can help accelerating Forest and Landscape Restoration

  • Simon Bager, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium): Fostering sustainable land use through governance interventions in consumer goods value chains
  • Viviane V. Griesinger, Södertörn University (Sweden): Networks and their narratives: Environmental activism in the context of Carpathian forest exploitation
  • Jana Holz, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany): From problematic roots to a fake crown of solutions: The forest-based bioeconomy
  • Lenka Navrátilová, Technical University in Zvolen (Slovakia): Perception and acceptance of bioeconomy and forest ecosystem services in Slovakia
  • Denis Dobrynin, University of Eastern Finland (Finland): A new initiative on forestry on private agricultural lands in Russia in the context of global bioeconomy discourse
  • Eulália Baulenas, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany): Forest and water policy integration: a very “hot topic” 


  • Winner: 200 EUR
  • Runner-up: 150 EUR
  • People‘s choice: 150 EUR


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted, displayed from the beginning of the talk.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors over 3 minutes are disqualified. 
  • Presentations are to be spoken (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence when the presenter is in speakers view on Zoom.
  • The timer starts when the presenter begins to talk.
  • The decision of the Judging Panel is final. 

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed while avoiding jargon? 
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes? 
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence? 
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience? 
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed? 


  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?