Eleanor Bath from the Department of Zoology has won the Oxford round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with her presentation about fruit fly copulation and aggression.
Pradeep Sacitharan from the Department of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology, part of the Medical Sciences Division, was the runner up.
Kathryn Boast represented the Department of Physics with her presentation about dark matter and the Universe.
A video of Eleanor’s talk will now be submitted for the semi-finals of the national competition, which will take place from 13 July. The final will take place at the Vitae Conference in Manchester on Tuesday 8 September. The overall winner will be awarded £3,000 which must be used for public engagement work.
Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. The exercise challenges PhD students to present a compelling talk about their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. It develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
This is the first time the competition has been held at Oxford.