U.Porto Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

The U.Porto 3MT® is an academic competition for doctoral research students developed and patented by the University of Queensland (UQ) that challenges Ph.D. students to explain, to a non-specialist audience, the importance and significance of their research, in just 3 minutes, and using no more than a single PowerPoint slide as an aid.

In the school year of 2021/2022, the University of Porto (U.Porto) joined this competition to offer its Ph.D. students the opportunity to practice their public communication and engagement skills. It is also an opportunity for Ph.D. candidates to come together, get to know one another, and talk about their research.

Why participate?

The U.Porto 3MT® competition allows Ph.D. students to acquire transferable skills necessary within academia and outside, such as:

Speaking in front of an audience

Communicate complex ideas in a clear and understandable way

Time and content management to deliver an engaging presentation

Provides participants with an opportunity to think creatively about how to communicate their research


The winner of the competition wins 2000€. The runner up wins 1000€.

Runner up


Key dates

Phase 1

  • 1 December 2023
    Application submission opens
  • 31 December 2023
    Closing of the form filling phase
  • From 8 January to 31 January 2024
    Video submission phase by the candidates registered in the previous phase
  • 25 March 2024
    Announcement of 20 best presentations

Phase 2

  • 19 April 2024
    Training of 20 candidates

Final competition U.Porto 3MT®

  • 17 May 2024
    U.Porto 3MT® Final (live)


Evaluation Committee

Evaluation Committee’s membership is composed of 14 members, one from each of the fourteen Faculties of the U.Porto, and is responsible for evaluate the videos submitted by the candidates registered in Phase 1 of the competition.

Organizing Committee



Pedro Rodrigues

Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation

Carla Morais

FCUP Know more

Joaquim Faria

FEUP Know more

Júlio Borlido Santos

i3S Know more

Paula Silva

ICBAS Know more


Research and Projects Office
University of Porto

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