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Annual 3MT-Three Minutes Thesis contest @ EUSIPCO

Initialized in 2015 in Nice, EURASIP organizes each year a 3MT-Three Minutes Thesis contest.
Top listed candidates are invited to give a 3minutes presentation on their PhD thesis during the annual EUSIPCO conference.

3MT is an exercise for students to consolidate their ideas so they can present them concisely to an audience specialized in different signal processing fields. Together with scientific and technical quality,
EURASIP wants to promote transversal skills of young researchers such as ora presentation skills. Additional aim is to help those researchers to gain visibility of their work.

About 3MT®

“Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries.”


The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 PhD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian
and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was  developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.
Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in at least 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide.
In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.

Rules for Competition

The 3MT EUSIPCO competition will be performed according to the following basic rules:

  • Eligibility: any PhD student having not defended at the date of the 3MT contest.
  • The competition will be announced in both EUSIPCO and EURASIP web pages.
  • Every participant is required to submit a video of 3 minutes and 1 page summary of his PhD, following the same template downloadable on the website of the EUSIPCO conference.
  • Out of all the submissions a maximum of 10 finalists will be invited to present during EUSIPCO. The selection of the finalists will be carried out by the 3MT Committee.
  • The finalists will receive complimentary registration to attend EUSIPCO  (please note that such free registration cannot be used to cover accepted papers).
  • Acceptance of participation will be based on the submitted video, completing the registration and attendance confirmation.
  • The final contest will take place during EUSIPCO. The video of the winner will be posted on EURASIP video channel.
  • Video submission requirements:  all the video formats are accepted. The name of the video file should have the same name of the participant and should not exceed 3 minutes of duration. 
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide 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.
  • 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 to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


Among the ten finalists, the top-three finalists will be selected by the EUSIPCO audience based on their live 3-minute presentation and they will be invited to attend the Gala dinner where the winner will be announced and awarded with a Grand prize of 1000€. The runners-up will receive an award certificate.

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