Public Invited to Hear ‘bite-sized insights into incredible research’ at NUI Galway’s Threesis Competition

Nov 21 2018 Posted: 10:37 GMT

Competition about sharing the story of research in just three minutes, with three slides, in front of three judges

Free audience tickets have gone on release for the grand finale of NUI Galway’s Threesis competition. The fast-paced event will feature a series of three-minute talks by researchers who will share the story of their research using just three presentation slides, with the winners to be selected by three judges. The final takes place on Thursday, 29 November in the O’Donoghue Theatre on campus from 5.30pm.

A series of training workshops and heats have taken place on campus over the last number of weeks in preparation for the final. The initial 80 participants have been whittled down to just 12 finalists.

Professor Lokesh Joshi, NUI Galway’s Vice-President for Research, commented: “Our university has some amazing people carrying out incredible research across all disciplines. Threesis brings some of these people on a journey which empowers them to communicate the story of their research clearly and concisely. The grand finale promises to be a really interesting event, full of fascinating, bite-sized insights into incredible research. Not only is there the challenge of time, but the participants have been tasked with using clear and jargon-free language.” 

The NUI Galway Threesis finalists are:

  • Conall Holohan, School of Natural Sciences and Ryan Institute – ‘Fat to Energy: A Naturally Circular Story’.
  • Brigid Hooban, School of Medicine – ‘Evaluating the contribution of different sources to antibiotic resistance in the environment’.
  • Edidiong Bassey, School of Business and Economics, and Whitaker Institute – ‘Technology as a tool for reform: A case of Tax Administration’.
  • Eoghan Dunne, Engineering and IT and TMD Lab – ‘Preventing a wet problem’.
  • Eoin McEvoy, Engineering and IT, Biomedical Engineering and Computation Biomechanics - ‘Predicting Heart Failure: Insights from Mechanical Engineering and Thermodynamics’.
  • James Blackwell, School of Physics and Medical Physics Research Cluster – ‘Finding Brain Tumours using Ultrasound’.
  • Sarah Carthy, School of Psychology and the Risky and Extreme Behaviour Research Group – ‘Counter Narratives for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation’.
  • Siobhán Morrissey, School of Humanities – ‘Enid Blyton: War and Nationalism’.
  • Katie Gilligan, School of Medicine, Discipline of Surgery, Lambe Institute – ‘Engineering vesicles to carry a cancer suppressing message for the treatment of breast cancer’.
  • Peyman Sadrimajd, School of Natural Sciences – ‘Saving our planet: 3 equations of Biogas’.
  • Niall Ó Brolcháin, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Engineering and IT – ‘Our environment, our health, our wellbeing’.
  • Sarah Murphy, School of Medicine – ‘An Econometric Analysis of Growing Up in Ireland Data, to Look at the Incidence of Illnesses among Breastfed, Non-Breastfed and Exclusively-Breastfed Cohorts’.

The Threesis competition was initiated at NUI Galway in 2012. It is open to all research students and postdoctoral researchers at NUI Galway. Finalists include undergraduate students, PhD candidates and posdoctoral researchers from across all Colleges on campus.

The judges in the final will be: Lorna Farren, Director of Marketing and Communications at NUI Galway; Dr Sylvia Maretto, Research Office, NUI Galway; and John Crumlish CEO, Galway International Arts Festival. Professor Andy Shearer from NUI Galway’s School of Physics will act as MC for the evening.

Tickets are available on (type in Threesis) or on the Threesis website at


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