Open Your Mind…and Get to the Point!

Threesis is an academic challenge for all NUI Galway staff, contract, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers, and undergraduate students.

The challenge is to present their research in 3 slides and 3 minutes to 3 judges in a way that anyone and everyone can understand.

Five heats are held on campus at lunchtime with 3 winners from each heat going on to the final, where the entrants will by vying for prizes.

Research Areas 

Biomedical Science & Engineering

Social Science & Public Policy

Environment, Marine & Energy

Informatics, Physical & Computational

Humanities in Context


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2012-2013 Competition

The first annual THREESIS competition came to a close on December 17th, 2012, when the 15 finalists presented their 3 slides, in 3 minutes to judges Prof. Terry Smith (former Vice-President for Research at NUI Galway), Lorraine McIlraith of the CKI, and Francis Shanahan, Journalist with RTÉ Radio.

The packed house of 100+ attendees was treated to a diverse range of talks, and the judges most certainly did not have an easy time in picking a winner. The competitors were judged on how well they conveyed the subject of their thesis and their ability to communicate to a general audience.

In the end, first prize was awarded to Dr. Ronán Hennessy of the Ryan Institute for his talk “Making Time for Old Lines”, based on his work to create an on-line Google Earth based tool that allows the user to fly through an animated, historical record of the creation, and destruction, of Ireland’s Railways. The two runners up were Michelle Queally of the School of Business and Economics with her talk “A cost analysis of drug therapy for type 2 diabetes mellitus” and Paul Korir of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics with his talk “The Impact of a Mutation on the Stapling up of Genes”.

THREESIS organizers DERI, College of Engineering & Informatics, Ryan Institute, CKI, Whitaker Institute, and School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics would like to thank the Research Office and the Press Office for their support for this event, and all of the participants and judges who made the entire competition such a success.

THREESIS 2013 will launch in the autumn, so watch out for the call for submissions.