IEEE International Conference on Communications
28 May – 01 June 2023 // Rome, Italy
Sustainable Communications for Renaissance

Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT) Competition

Monday 29 May

15:00 - 17:00
Room: S9, Level 1  


IEEE ComSoc will organize the 1st Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition at the ICC 2023, which challenges PhD students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Participation in 3MT supports competitors to: Communicate their ideas effectively; Describe their research findings to a non-specialist audience; Increase their profile among the research community; and Network with other PhD students.




Round One
(1 March – 15 April)



1 March

Call for Submission of 3MT Video

31 March

Deadline of 3MT Video Form Submission (see the Download Section)

15 April

Round One Selection Outcome announced

Round Two
(16 April – 30 May)

In-Person at ICC 2023, Rome, Italy

The top 15 competitors in Round 1 are invited to attend Round 2 at the ICC 2023 (up to US$2,000 travel grant is awarded for each person)

16 April

Invitations are sent out

29 May

3MT Competition (in-person) at ICC 2023

30 May

3MT Competition Award Ceremony

First Prize (US$1,000) x 1 & Award Certificate

Second Prize (US$500) x 2 & Award Certificate

Third Prize (US$300) x5 & Award Certificate


Round One 3MT Video Submission Form (Coming soon)
Form Submission Deadline: 31 March


Active PhD candidates who are ComSoc Graduate Student Member and have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by 31 March 2023 are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions.  


The following rules apply to the 3MT competition in the IEEE ICC 2023. They must be adhered to by all competitors.


  • Video Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Videos must meet the following criteria:

- Filmed on the horizontal;
- Filmed on a plain background;
- Filmed from a static position;
- Filmed from one camera angle;
- Contain a presenter,
- Contain PowerPoint slides (top right corner/right side/cut to)*

  • The video must be clear and continuous – no edits or breaks.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word in English (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  • Submission of the video link only (Youtube, Vimeo, or other online platform containing the 3MT video).  
  • Competitors should not submit their video files.

Please note: competitors *will not* be judged on video/ recording quality. Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.


  • Competition must attend the 3MT Competition in person on 29 May in the IEEE ICC 2023. No show will be disqualified.
  • Oral presentation must be completed in 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Competitors have the option to either present their old PowerPoint slides in Round 1 or present new PowerPoint slides.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


At every round of the 3MT competition, each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below:

Comprehension and content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/ or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

Engagement and communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?


For any inquiry, please contact Prof. Wei Zhang via Email:


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