3 Minute Wonder

3 Minute Wonder is the IOP’s national science communication competition. It challenges researchers in physics or a physics-related field to explain their work to the public in just three minutes

Hannah Wakeford
Hannah Wakeford, 3MW winner 2014

The 2016 competition is now closed for entries. However, you can register to watch our 10 finalists compete in the live final on Thursday 5 May at the Royal Institution.

About the competition
Each participant has three minutes to pitch their original research to a panel of four judges and a non-specialist public audience.

Pitches 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 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.

Watch the live final
You can show your support for our 10 finalists at the 3 Minute Wonder live final on Thursday 5 May. The event is taking place at the Royal Institution, 6-8.30pm. Places are limited. Reserve your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

Follow the competition on Twitter using #3minutewonder.

The rules

Guidance notes for 3 Minute Wonder participants

The rules 

The story so far

The history of the IOP’s national science communication competition, 3 Minute Wonder

The story so far