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NUI Galway's Threesis
3 slides... 3 minutes... 3 judges...
€1,500 in prizes to be won!
‘Bite-sized insight’ to Ireland’s Deep Sea Pharmacy wins Threesis 2019
NUI Galway has announced the winners of its Threesis 2019 competition which took place in the O’Donoghue Theatre on campus recently. The fast-paced event featured three-minute talks by twelve NUI Galway researchers who shared the story of their research using just three presentation slides, in front of three judges and a voting audience of over 100 people.
Threesis invites researchers on a journey. To communicate research stories - clearly and concisely.
Threesis began at NUI Galway in 2012. Threesis is a research communications training programme and competition, coordinated by NUI Galway's Research Office in conjunction with a University-wide committee and team of supporters.
Over 80 people participated in Threesis last year, we had six heats and 12 individuals went forward to the Grande Finale
Check out our promo video, as well as clips from 2019's Grande Finale below.
The winner of Threesis 2019 as well as securing the Audience Winner prize was Sam Afoullouss with his bite-sized talk ‘Ireland’s Deep Sea Pharmacy’.
Sam is a PhD candidate in the School of Chemistry and School of Natural Science, working together with both the Ryan Institute and Marine Institute. Sam’s research focuses on discovering new medicines derived from marine organisms. In particular, he studies sponges and corals from the Irish Deep-Sea, located off the west coast of Ireland, at a depth of 2 km. His research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
In second place was Ríona Walsh, with her talk ‘Into the Woods: Can Woodland Creatures Protect us from Lyme Disease?’
Ríona is a PhD candidate in the School of Natural Sciences. Her research is transdisciplinary research on Lyme disease in Ireland, investigating the ecology, epidemiology, and awareness of this disease. Her work is funded by the School of Natural Sciences scholarship.
Securing third place from the judges was Tianming Yao with his talk ‘Shaking off Romantic Shackles’.
Tianming is PhD student in the School of Political Science and Sociology. His research topic is the media construction of sexuality. His research investigates how our bodies and emotions have been regulated and controlled by social structure, and explores the underlying power transition behind the changing media construction of sexuality.
Our 2018 winner was James Blackwell, with his talk "Finding brain tumours using ultrasound"
James went on to represent NUI Galway in Famelab in 2019.
See James deliver his talk in this video.
The 2018 competition consisted of quick-fire presentations, with NUI Galway researchers presenting three slides, in three minutes, to three judges. The competitors had come through a series of heats already held on campus, to take on the final challenge at a public event in the O'Donoghue Theatre.
Watch our highlights video and read more about the grand finale here.
In 2016, Threesis was won by Bárbara Oliveira, for her presentation on using microwave breast imaging to enable more accessible and affordable cancer screening.
Bárbara went on to become a runner-up Thesis-in-3, and a finalist in ResearchFest 2017.
See Bárbara in action in this video.