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3MT: Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to all 3MT Finalists of the first Swiss-wide 3MT Competition (18 June 2024)! 

And the winners are..

Jury Award: First Place (1000 CHF) 
     Wenjia Zhong, Cracking the Case: Investigating Neurodegeneration 
Jury Award: Runner-up (700 CHF) 
    Sudharshana SundaresanA tale of two cities: A cardiac story 
Audience Award (shared, 150 CHF per winner) 
    Aude Andriollo, Correcting Chromosome Excess to Cure Trisomy 
    Marko Pesut, The Flavour of New Physics

2024 3MT Finalists

Adrian Preussner (University of St.Gallen)
Anna Bollinger (University of Basel)
Arianna Pisciella (University of Lausanne)
Ashoka Manchala (University of Zurich)
Aude Andriollo (University of Basel)
Catherine McDonald (University of St.Gallen)
Corinne Othenin-Girard (University of Basel) 
Giannina Faktor (University of St.Gallen)
Leo Picard (University of Basel) 
Maria Sivers (EPFL)
Marko Pesut (University of Zurich)
Maurice Yip (University of Lausanne)
Ruchi Manglunia (University of Zurich)
Sahar Rezapour (EPFL)
Santhanu Ramanandan (EPFL)
Sudharshana Sundaresan (University of Zurich)
SuSu Myat (University of Lausanne)
Weijia Zhong (University of Zurich)
Yu Sun (University of St.Gallen)
Yunlong Song (University of Zurich)

Guidelines & rules: 3MT presentation

  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or movement) and is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • The decision of the 3MT jury is final.

The guidelines and rules are based on theVirtual 3MT Handbook 2021 of the University of Queensland.

The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges doctoral researchers to describe their research and its significance in just three minutes, using language that a general audience can understand. This exciting event will bring together early career researchers from all over Switzerland to showcase their work, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and develop their communication skills.

► Jury Awards: First place CHF 1000, runner-up CHF 700  

► Audience Award: CHF 300


2024 3MT Jury

Denise Bucher, film journalist at NZZ
Chloé Carrière, space influencer at Galactic Studios


Mike Schäfer, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Zurich

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia.

Graduate Campus has been organizing 3MT events for PhD candidates at the University of Zurich since 2018. 

Overview of past 3MT competitions and awardees at the University of Zurich

Weiterführende Informationen


Eric Alms