The Three Minute Thesis Competition

The ‘Three Minute Thesis’ competition (commonly abbreviated to ‘3MT’) is a competition for post-graduate students to present their work at an educated, non-specialist level, within only three minutes. It’s a very worthy but daunting task, as it turns out that either ten seconds or ten minutes would be easier, at the limits of brevity and detailed explanation respectively.


This is the second year that I’ve entered at the University of Adelaide, presenting some of my work on the Galactic Centre, in both very-high-energy gamma rays, and our dear Mopra CO gas. Last year my talk was too technical, but this year – this week, in fact – I was one of two students voted through to represent the School of Physical Sciences at the next stage of the competition.

I’m looking forward to seeing what other research is being done by students at next week’s Faculty of Sciences Final. The last stages are the University Final and the Nationals (run by the University of Queensland, who started the competition in 2008). Although I don’t know how far I’ll go in the competition, it’s all good fun and even better experience.

Next week I’ll post an update/my results, as well as my slide – and a summary of my talk that will hopefully take even less than three minutes to read.

Whatever else happens, though, I already know I won’t be able to make it to the Nationals, as I’ll be over in Chile – assisting in the final observing run at our sister telescope, Nanten2!