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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Three Minute Thesis competition

3rd May 2017, 13:00 to 15:00, Palatine Centre, room PCL057

On the afternoon of Wed 3rd of May at 13.00 in the Palatine Centre, Hogan Lovell’s lecture theatre, Durham Energy Institute (DEI) will be hosting a mini-Three Minute Thesis (DEI-3MT) competition to provide postgraduate and undergraduate students with an opportunity to exercise their research communication skills in language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Participants will be challenged to present a compelling Powerpoint presentation talk on either their thesis or literature perspective topic and its impact / significance in just three minutes. Participants should only use one background slide during the presentation.

A total of FOUR winners will be selected from the postgraduate (2) and undergraduate (2) pools based on the four major criteria lists below. Winners will receive £500 travel bursaries to attend the International Student Energy Summit being held in Mexico this coming July 2017.

You will be presenting to a panel of judges as well as all other participants in the competition. This will allow you to hear about all the exciting energy research being undertaken in different departments across the University.

In your DEI Three Minute Thesis presentation, you will demonstrate:

(a) An ability to clearly communicate the full scope of your chosen scientific topic, e.g., including but not limited nor exclusive to:

  • context or background for the topic (what is the problem to be solved? why do we need this research?)
  • state-of-the-art
  • current progress / contributions
  • its (potential) impact, significance and/or relevance to the scientific and broader communities

(b) Clarity of communication and appropriateness for a non-specialist audience*

(c) Thoughtful construction of Powerpoint visual aid

(d) Personal delivery style and audience engagement

(e) Good timekeeping, i.e., no more than three minutes per presentation

Presentations will be closely timed and presenters will be given a ’10 seconds left’ warning. Presentations that go over the allotted 3 minutes will be penalised.

Your 1 Powerpoint slide (.PPT files) and accompanying 200 word abstract must be emailed to Lynn Gibson ( NO LATER THAN 12 noon 2nd of May 2017. Presentations will be queued up in advance and must be viewing-compatible on a Windows computer. Please indicate “DEI-3MT: Surname, First name” in the subject line of your email submission. Students should arrive at the lecture theatre in time for a prompt 1pm start, and students are expected to stay for the duration of all the presentations. Presentations will be queued up in reverse alphabetical order.

*A “non-specialist audience” can be considered one to be comprising individuals with a university degree and/or those who work a professional environment requiring critical thought and assessment. These persons, however, may not necessarily be experts in your field or topic area. Therefore, talks should be designed to be scientifically accurate, visually appealing, and educational/informative at a level that someone with a university education would be able to understand and appreciate.

Contact for more information about this event.