Media release: Three-year research project described in just 3 minutes

A research thesis explained in just three minutes is the challenge for ten of the University of Adelaide’s PhD students at a free public event on Tuesday 8 September.

The special Research Tuesdays event will see two finalists from each of the University’s five faculties compete to represent the University in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

3MT helps to teach postgraduate research students how to effectively communicate their work to a broad audience – and provides the public with the opportunity to hear about amazing research in very short, simple presentations.

Most PhD theses take three years to complete and are up to 80,000 words long. Distilling their projects into three minutes makes for a fast-paced and demanding communication challenge – and lots of fun.

The presentations will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winner will go on to compete in the national 3MT final in Queensland, in October. The audience will have their say by voting in the People’s Choice Award.

The 2015 finalists and their topics are:

Clare McGuiness (Faculty of Health Sciences) – Do you use your head or go with your gut?
Viythia Katharesan (Faculty of Health Sciences) – The young and bold are not the same as the golden old.
Sree Pramod Pinapati (Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences) – Peace of Mind: developing wearable antennae for 24/7 healthcare.
Zahra Bagheri (Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences) – A robot with dragonfly vision.
Ruidong Chang (Faculty of the Professions) – Towards sustainability in the Chinese construction industry: a socio-technical transition approach.
Ngoc Pham (Faculty of the Professions) – Unlock the landlockedness: estimating the effects on economic development and welfare of countries without sea access.
Chris Letheby (Faculty of Arts) – Naturalising psychedelic spirituality.
Mensah Owusu (Faculty of Arts) – Climate justice: who does it really affect?
Andrew Farrer (Faculty of Sciences) – Ancient DNA and the life on us.
Daniel Trewartha (Faculty of Sciences – The influence of nothing on something.

WHAT: Three Minute Thesis competition – a special Research Tuesdays event
WHEN: Tuesday 8 September, 6.00-7.30pm
WHERE: The Braggs lecture theatre, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide
FREE – but registration is essential. Please register online.

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