WC2 Research Elevator Pitch 2021

Can you present your thesis in three minutes or less?


We are calling on PhD and masters research candidates to present an overview of your project in three minutes, using just one slide.

An elevator pitch is a clear and simple explanation of an idea or a project for a generalist audience, which could in theory be presented in the time it takes to ride in an elevator. This 2021 Virtual Symposium program provides an opportunity for doctoral researchers from across the WC2 Network to showcase their research projects to others working in related fields, and in the process to develop skills in articulating one’s research to a generalist audience. This is loosely modelled on the University of Queensland’s Three-Minute Thesis initiative, and the Virtual 3MT in particular.

Simply record a three-minute presentation by the end of July and upload it to the WC2 website here. Winning entries will be announced at the virtual symposium event on 11 August — register here!

You are encouraged to identify which of the WC2 Network Themes your research aligns with, as this will enable you to more easily connect with others working in the same theme at other institutions. The list of themes, and a link to more information about each is below, or if your research is outside of these themes, feel free to go ‘freestyle’.

Simply film yourself speaking to camera, maximum three minutes, with an image/diagram/slide next to you. Here is some advice about how to craft a short presentation about your research, and here for inspiration are some videos of winners of a similar three minute thesis competition held in 2020.

View Winning Submissions


Knowledge, Culture and Urban Affairs:

Global Health:





We invite you to view all submissions on the WC2 YouTube channel.

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