3-minute thesis competition

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UCL Mechanical Engineering Department Heat: 15 February 2017

UCL Faculty of Engineering Final: 21 March 2017

UCL Final: 26 June 2017


The UCL final of the 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition was held in the Darwin Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London.


Carlos Ledezma participated in this competition since the departmental heats and all the way to the UCL final. Unfortunately, he didn’t win the first place from UCL, but he was the people’s choice for best presentation.


The 3-minute thesis competition is an event conceived to celebrate the research conducted by PhD students all around the world.

It was developed by the University of Queensland (Australia) as an effort to cultivate the students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The aim of the competition is to assess the ability of the researcher to explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The first 3MT competition was held in 2008, since then its popularity has increased and is now held in over 170 universities all around the world. Since 2014, the UK 3MT competition is hosted by Vitae and this is the culmination of the finalists from Vitae member Higher Education Institutions around the UK.

This year, the VPH-CaSE researcher Carlos Ledezma decided to participate in this competition and won the UCL Mechanical Engineering Department heats and the UCL Faculty of Engineering Final.

He also delivered his pitch in the UCL Final, held in UCL’s Darwin Lecture Theatre, to a large audience. Unfortunately, he did not make it past this stage, but his pitch was well received (he won the people’s choice award!).

You can see his presentation, you must request access first.

The 3MT competition was an unique opportunity to promote his research and the activities of the VPH-CaSE consortium to a non-specialist audience.