Short, sharp and to the point: communicating your research in three minutes (or less!)

Date & Time

Tuesday, 01 February 2022
15:00 to 16:00



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


To get you started on your Three Minute Thesis journey, Simon Clews will present a look at communicating academic research to audiences outside your peers and colleagues and even beyond the walls of the academy. In this keynote presentation he will talk about:

  • General communication skills and making good public presentations
  • Identifying and speaking to different audiences
  • The challenges and opportunities of the Three Minute Thesis competition
  • Writing a great 3MT talk
  • Designing a slide to go with it
  • Delivering a successful 3MT presentation


Simon Clews was the inaugural Director of the Melbourne Engagement Lab at Melbourne University and for fifteen years he enhanced the reputation of a world leading and innovative university through training, encouraging and facilitating some of Australia’s brightest minds to make their work accessible to non-academic audiences. He then took the show on the road and these days – pandemics permitting – can usually be found wandering the world turning researchers and academics into inspiring communicators. He also works with professional writers helping them hone their craft and is one of the world’s most experienced literary and ideas-based event organisers. He is the author of The New Academic – how to write, present and profile your amazing research to the world (NewSouth Books) and Your Time Starts Now! – a guide to achieving success in the Three Minute Thesis competition (Thesis Whisperer Books). Coming soon: a book on the Visualise Your Thesis competition with Thesis Whisperer Books, The New Academic out in a new edition with SourceBooks in the US, and a co-authored title with Inger Mewburn for Routledge UK. For more information visit

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, January 24th at 9:00 AM PST.

Registration is open to current UBC graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and staff. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2-3 business days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail

Please email us if you are registered and no longer able to attend this event.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.