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Call for Application – HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2020

The HIRAKU 3MT Competition is an exciting opportunity for Doctorate students to effectively explain their research within a limited time-span of three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The Competition aims to develop the Doctorates’ presentation and research communication skills, while leading to broader society (as the audience) further enhancing their positive understanding of doctorate resources and researches.

The HIRAKU 3MT Competition has been held annually since 2015, with this year being the 6th edition of the Competition. It will be conducted entirely online this year, expanding the scope of the eligible participants to all doctorates in Japanese universities.

Competition Outline

Number of Divisions:  2 (Japanese and English)

Eligibility:  Doctorate students (from any research field) enrolled at any domestic university in Japan as of November 21, 2020*.

*Excluding students enrolled in master programs and/or professional degree programs.

Competition Stages

The Competition will be held in the following two judgement stages in each division:

  1. The Semi-Final Stage:  pre-recorded video presentation (Late October 2020)
  2. The Final Stage:  online live presentation (Saturday, November 21, 2020)

(Application Deadline:  Monday, October 12, 2020)

There will be a Judging Panel for each division (Japanese/English). The Panels will consist of university / enterprise officials, experts, amongst others, invited from within and outside of Japan.  Details and the latest news on the Judging Panels will be announced on the website.

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  • Winner:  The Winner of each division will receive a certificate, a JPY 300,000 scholarship and more.
  • Runner-Up:  The Runner-Up of each division will receive a certificate, a JPY 150,000 scholarship, and more. 
  • People’s Choice:  The People’s Choice (to be decided by the Audience Polls) of each division will receive a certificate, a JPY 80,000 scholarship, and more. 

* In addition to the above, several video presentations from the Semi-Final Stage will be selected for a Sponsor Award, (these awards will be specifically titled after the special sponsors’ names).

Application Procedure

Firstly, please choose a division (Japanese and English), and then fill in the Application Form within the link for each division below. Please prepare 3 minutes presentation video before you start filling in the Application Form.  Please refer to the Application Guideline.

*You will need to have a Google account to access the Application Forms

*You can apply to both sections at the same time. If your presentation is selected for the Final Stage, the Judging Panel will decide the suitable division for you.

For further details, please visit the official website of “Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)” .

Application Guideline

Application Guideline

Competition Schedule

schedule 3MT English

September 1 (Tue):  Start of Video Upload

October 12 (Mon):  Deadline for Video Upload

Late October:  Semi-Final Stage (video presentation screening)

Early November:  Finalist and the Sponsor Award winners selection

November 21 (Sat):  Final Stage (online presentation judging; Award Ceremony)

※Details of the competition are subject to change.  Please refer to the official website of the competition to check the latest news.

Host Organization:  HIRAKU Operating Council Office (Global Career Design Center, Hiroshima University)

Special Sponsors:  Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Springer Nature, Chugai Technos Corporation, THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD., Micron Memory Japan G.K., Mazda Motor Corporation

Sponsors:  KYOWA HAKKO BIO CO., LTD. Yamaguchi Production Center, TODA KOGYO CORP., NH Foods Ltd. R&D Center, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.

Cooperators:  Springer Nature, Japan Science and Technology Agency

About the 3MT

What's 3MT (Three Minute Thesis)?

The 3MT Competition is an exciting opportunity for Doctorate students to effectively explain their research within a limited time-span of three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The 3MT Competition was developed by The University of Queensland and is currently held at over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.

Past Editions of the HIRAKU 3MT Competition

HIRAKU 3MT 2019 ●HIRAKU 3MT 2018 ●HIRAKU 3MT 2017 ●HIRAKU 3MT 2016 ●HIRAKU 3MT 2015

What’s the "Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users (HIRAKU)" Program?

The HIRAKU Program is operated by Hiroshima University as the Lead Partner Organization, Yamaguchi University and Tokushima University as the Co-Partner Organizations. HIRAKU develops young researchers with cross-disciplinary challenges, which will eventually enhance their aspiration and passion to change society. The Program forms the industry-academia-government consortium, engaging public and private universities mainly located in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, as well as a growing number of institutions/corporations in public and private sectors, aiming to increase opportunities to leverage exceptional competencies of young researchers, who will lead future generations.

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