3 Minute Wonder

3 Minute Wonder is a competition that challenges researchers in physics or a physics-related field to explain their work to the public in just three minutes.

Each participant has three minutes to pitch their research to a panel of four judges and an interested but non-specialist public audience.

The research should be original and one slide can be used to aid the presentation. Participants can be from either industry or academia, but should have completed an undergraduate degree.

Presentations are scored by the judges, each giving individual marks out of 10, which are then added up to give the participant’s total score. Points are awarded for the ability of the researcher to communicate their work to the non-specialist audience.

The highest points scorer is awarded a cash-prize of £250, with second place receiving £100. If the scores are tied at the end of the competition, the audience votes to decide the winner. Everybody taking part receives a certificate from the IOP.

The story so far

The IOP’s national science communication competition, 3 Minute Wonder (3MW), was born out of successful science communication events held by the IOP’s East Anglia Branch in early 2012 and 2013 at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

The story so far