HIRAKU 3MT COMPETITION 2020

Springer Nature supports the HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2020.

Invitation to Join the Audience for the HIRAKU 3MT Competition 2020 (online event)

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 the broader society (as the audience) further enhancing their understanding of doctorate resources and researches.

The Competition will be conducted entirely online within Zoom this year. Members of the Audience who pre-register for the event will be provided a link to the Zoom Webinar and will have the opportunity to vote and decide the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the division/s for which they have registered for. Therefore, please feel free to pre-register (links are found below) for the Japanese Division and/or English Division to join the audience and get the chance to vote.


Date


November 21 (Saturday), 2020

  • Japanese Division: 13:00 – 15:00 --- The Japanese Division will also be broadcasted online as a part of “Science Agora 2020” hosted by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
  • English Division: 15:30 – 17:30

Program

【Japanese Division】

13:00 Opening Session

Opening Remarks: OCHI Mitsuo, Ph.D., President, Hiroshima University

Guest Speech:        McEWAN Alastair, Ph.D., Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Australia

13:10 The Three-Minute Presentations by the Japanese Division Finalists

14:10 Panel Talk with Doctorate Students: “Our Future Society, Our Future Life”

Moderator:  HONDA Takayuki, Ph.D., Freelance Science Communicator

14:45 Closing Session

Award Ceremony

Closing Remarks: HARAYAMA Yuko, Ph.D., Executive Director, RIKEN / Former Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office, Japan

【English Division】

15:30 Opening Session

Opening Remarks: OCHI Mitsuo, Ph.D., President, Hiroshima University

Guest Speech:       McEWAN Alastair, Ph.D., Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Australia

15:40 The Three-Minute Presentations by the English Division Finalists

16:40 Panel Talk with Doctorate Students: “Our Future Society, Our Future Life”

Moderator: SHIMADA Kazuyoshi, Ph.D., Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

17:15 Closing Remarks

Award Ceremony

Closing Remarks: HARAYAMA Yuko, Ph.D., Executive Director, RIKEN / Former Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office, Japan

* Details/times of the Competition are subject to change. Please refer to this official website to check the latest news. 

* The Competition Office will publish the list of the Finalists on the official competition website on November 9th (Monday) and the finalized details of the Program (information on the Finalists, presentation order, etc.) on November 16th (Monday).

Registration to Join the Audience

Please access the below Application Form links and complete your pre-registration to participate in the Competition within the Zoom Webinar.


Application Deadline: November 18 (Wednesday), 2020

* There is a limit to the number of audience members who can join within the Zoom Webinar. Places will be designated on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, we recommend that you register as soon as possible.  

* Registered audience members will have the chance to vote for the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the division/s for which they have registered for.

Judging Panel

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 respective Judging Panels will be announced on the website.

Prizes

  • 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).

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.