Chemistry student is three-minute marvel

An Edinburgh science student is celebrating success in a UK-wide competition aimed at improving communications skills.

Chemistry PhD student Euan Doidge caught the imagination of the audience at the final of the 3-Minute Thesis competition in Birmingham.

The contest challenges PhD students to deliver a research presentation to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes using only one slide.

People’s Choice

Euan won the People’s Choice prize with his presentation ‘WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction’.

He came out top against more than 50 students from other UK universities.

The competition’s main prize was won by Thomas Fudge from Brunel University in London.

He was awarded a £3000 grant to spend on public engagement activity, sponsored by Research Councils UK.

Royal date

By winning the prize, Euan has won an invitation to speak at the Royal Institution next spring.

Euan will also go on to represent the University of Edinburgh at the international Universitas21 3MT competition.

The People's Choice vote for the virtual Universitas21 competition opens on 9 October.

Thesis challenge

The 3-Minute Thesis competition was first developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, but quickly spread across the world.

The University of Edinburgh has run a 3MT competition every year since 2013, organised by the Institute for Academic Development.

I am incredibly proud to have represented Edinburgh. I'm humbled and honoured to receive the People's Choice Award, and to be given the chance to present at the Royal Institution. I’d like thank everyone from the University who has supported me.

Euan Doidge

Related links

School of Chemistry

Institute for Academic Development