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

 

3 Minute Wonder heats

 

Heat

Venue

Date

Applications close

London and South East

Institute of Physics, London

29th November 2017

15th November 2017

East Anglia

tbc

tbc

tbc

East Midlands

tbc

tbc

tbc

Merseyside

University of Liverpool

22nd November 2017

27th October 2017

South West and Wales

University of Bristol

24th Feb 2018

8th Feb 2018

Scotland

tbc

tbc

tbc

 

The 2017 competition is open for entries. Apply online

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 heats and final
You can show your support for our competitors at your local 3 Minute Wonder heat and at the live final in May 2018. Events will be added to our calendar as they are confirmed.

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