Three minute lecture contest for doctoral students
Does it seem like your close ones have still not realised what it is you are doing at the university? See if you can entertainingly introduce the topic of your thesis to them in a 180 second video lecture.
An average storyteller can speak about 370–380 words in three minutes, that is about 3,000 characters on an A4 page.
More about the 2016 contest
The Estonian Academy of Sciences has announced this year’s Three Minute Lecture Contest and the University of Tartu doctoral students are welcome to participate.
Participants must first pass the university’s competition round. This requires a short video of 180 seconds in which the doctoral student introduces their research or a part of it.
Well-thought out directing will help – an attractive approach to your research problem, explanation understandable to a non-expert, convincing performance, on-topic coverages (may include figures, animation etc.).
The terms of the Academy of Sciences stipulate that only Estonian language performances are eligible for the final, but the University of Tartu’s internal competition also accepts English videos with Estonian subtitles.
Two-part training is organised for the participants in August. The first part focuses on making a video under the supervision of an experienced cameraman and the other on public performance under the lead of a lecturer of the Drama School. The language of instruction at trainings is Estonian.
Please notify of your initial wish to participate by 22 May at signe.opermann [ät] ut.ee. Subject line should be: "Three minute lecture".
The deadline for submitting videos to the UT contest is 10 September. Record your lecture and send the link at novaator [ät] ut.ee. The subject of the letter should be “Three minute lecture”. English videos must include Estonian subtitles.
UT’s best will be rewarded with financial prizes! There is a special prize for the best English language video. Winners will be announced by the Marketing and Communication Office on 19 September.
The national final takes place on 23 September at the Estonian Academy of Sciences at a gala event, where the authors of the three best videos will represent UT and give their short lecture live in Estonian with doctoral students of other universities.
The winning lectures will be broadcast on the Estonian Television. Have a look at the short clips from 2015 in the science news portal ERR Novaator.
The participant confirms that they are the author of the video and agree to publish their name and video in media, advertisements, promotional campaigns and other events.
Further information by:
Ms. Signe Opermann
Senior Research Communication Specialist
University of Tartu, Marketing and Communication Office
Phone +372 737 6113, +372 5647 7951
E-mail signe.opermann [ät] ut.ee
The initiative is funded by the TeaMe+ programme and the European Regional Development Fund.