Thursday, March 1 2018 at 8:00PM

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What's the talk about?

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present….we're giving our presenters 5 minutes and two slides.

Based on the The University of Queensland developed 'Three Minute Thesis' we're allowing PhD students from Sheffield Hallam University the opportunity to showcase their exciting research. Presenting in a concise and abbreviated way under pressure increases their capacity to effectively explain their research, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed two PowerPoint slides, but no other resources or props.

The idea for the Three Minute Thesis competition came about at a time when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought. To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three minute egg timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom. The then Dean of the UQ Graduate School, Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, put two and two together and the idea for the 3MT competition was born.

In this adaptation of the original idea we're allowing students 5 minutes and two slides to tell the Barnsley Skeptics the work they're engaged in. This will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A on the presentation. Students representing the disciplines of biology, materials science, psychology and design will put their work up for the scrutiny of the audience.