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3MT® competition rules and judging criteria

Learn more about the 3MT® competition rules and the criteria by which your presentation will be judged against

Terms And Conditions

3MT® competition rules

The following rules must be strictly followed to avoid disqualification:

  • only 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 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 a maximum of three minutes - competitors exceeding three minutes will be 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 the decision of the judging panel is final

Judging criteria

3MT® presentations will be judged against the following:

Comprehension and content

  • did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • did the speaker avoid research jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • 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?

Engagement and communication

  • did the presentation 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?


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