Barcelona BioMed Workshop

Three Minute Thesis: An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit... 3 minutes

13 Gen 2015

Training  course:

Comprehension & Content. Helena González - IRB Barcelona Public Engagement and Science Education Officer

Date: Tuesday, 13 January, 2015
Time: 10:00  – 14:00
Place: Aula Fèlix Serratosa

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is a research presentation competition that originated at the University of Queensland in 2008.  Since then, the program has spread to several universities worldwide. This is the inaugural year for 3MT at IRB, and with active participation we hope that it will become an annual opportunity for PhD students.

The challenge for the participants is to give an engaging and dynamic talk on their research topic and its significance, in language appropiate to a non-specialist audience, in just 3 minutes.

The first year, the IRB will challenge its PhD students to present face-to-face their thesis results, in an internal contest only open to IRB PhD students. In further editions, and depending on the participation success, IRB can enter an international competition placed in The University of Queensland Graduate School.

The workshop is offered exclusively to IRB PhD Students and limited to 25 participants. To register, please fill out the registration form by 12 January.

10.00 – 14.00 – Training  course: Engagement. Helena González- IRB Barcelona Public Engagement and Science Education Officer


Now we know what they are going to say it, let’s look at how they are actually going to say it, in a half day course to discuss the following topics:

 To convey enthusiasm for their research.

 To capture and maintain audience's attention.

Stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady   pace, and have a confident stance.




Helena González defended her PhD in march 2014, with the project: "The role of TLKs in Genome Stability and Cancer development" developed in the  lab of travis Stracker, IRB. During this period Helena participated in most of the communication activities in the IRB. She's also cofounder of Clowntífics (2011) and The Big Van Theory (2013), social enterprises that aim to communicate science in the most unnexpected places: theaters, pubs, discos, social centers... alway using humor as a powerful tool to conect with the audience. She has been public communication skills trainer for Science Slam participants in Spain an Mexico.

Nowadays she is Public Engagement and Science Education Officer at IRB.