Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition LAGIRS 2020

The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society is organizing a 3MT competition at the Latin American GRSS and ISPRS Remote sensing conference LAGIRS 2020. The competition is open to all students attending the conference, and in a research-based masters or doctoral program i.e. a program in which a final thesis is needed to graduate. It’s an amazing experience for students to show their presentation skills and be rewarded for their research idea and their motivation in a simple and interesting way.

If you would like to take the challenge to present your research in 3 minutes, you need to fill out this form indicating your thesis topic starting from Monday, February 24 at 14:00 CLST The application is based on a first-come, first-served principle. The 10 first applications will be automatically selected and invited to present their 3MT to an audience and adjudicating panel at LAGIRS.

The rules and judging criteria are those of the traditional 3MT competition as noted below. The top 3 presentations will be selected and will be awarded at the conference banquet with exciting prizes in the value of 500$, 300$ and 200$ and certificates from GRSS

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Competition rules:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

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?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize 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?