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 1200€. The runner up wins 800€.

Runner up



Key dates

Phase 1

  • 1 Novembro 2022
    Application and video presentation submission opens
  • 6 January 2023
    Closing of the form filling phase
  • 31 January 2023
    Closing of the video submission phase by the candidates registered in the previous phase
  • 27 March 2023
    Announcement of 20 best presentations

Phase 2

  • 28 April 2023
    Training of 20 candidates

Final competition U.Porto 3MT®

  • 19 May 2023
    U.Porto 3MT® Final (live)


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
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