IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
15-18 April 2018 // Barcelona, Spain
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Call for 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Submissions

If you are devoting or have devoted 3 or more years to your PhD, you could devote 3 minutes to explain it to a more general public, we challenge you!!


As a new activity within the WCNC conference, the Technical Program Committee is offering a 3 Minutes Thesis (3MT) contest, where PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. It is an exercise for students to consolidate their ideas so they can present them concisely to an audience specialized in different wireless communication fields. Together with scientific and technical quality, WCNC wants to promote transversal skills of PhD researchers such as oral and presentation skills, also it wants to help PhDs to gain visibility of their work.

As a taste of what your presentation can be have a look at this website. The 3MT brand should be evident in all components of communications, from the content to the format, and from the imagery to the tone of voice.

If you want to participate, you just have to follow these rules for competition.

Rules for Competition

The 3MT WCNC competition will be performed according to the following basic rules:

  • Eligibility: any PhD student who graduated/will graduate within Jan 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018.
  • Every participant is required to submit to  
    • A link to the video. Upload your video to a site accessible by the evaluation committee. The video should be accessible for viewing and downloading.  You can use, for example, DropBox, Google Drive, or your institution’s web server. The name of the video file should have the same name of the participant and should not exceed 3 minutes of duration.
    • 1 slide summary (in pdf format)
  • Every participant is required to submit via EDAS:
    • 1 page summary which will be included in the proceedings (in pdf and following the same template as the one of the conference papers). Please consider including i) name and affiliation(s), ii) research problem addressed, iii) idea(s) investigated and research goal(s), iv) potential impact, v) state of the art on the subject.


  • A jury composed of industry and academic experts will evaluate the videos. See the list below:
    1. Maximilian Arpaio, Thales Italia, Italy
    2. Merouane Debbah, Huawei, France
    3. Giovanni Guidotti, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Italy
    4. Eduard Jorswieck, TU Dresden, Germany
    5. Marco Luise, University of Pisa, Italy
    6. Luc Vandendorpe, UC Louvain, Belgium
    7. Ramona Rosini, JMA Wireless, Italy
    8. Martin Haardt, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
    9. Kamran Sayrafian, NIST, US
    10. Markku Juntti, University of Oulu, Finland
    11. Ricardo Trivisonno, Huawei, Germany
  • A minimum of 3 jury members will evaluate each video. The jury members will be chosen according to their interest. This assessment will provide an initial ranking.
  • The jury will evaluate two key aspects: 1) clarity and comprehension, and 2) engagement and communication.
  • Out of all the submissions a maximum of 10 videos and a minimum of 5 will be selected.
  • Acceptance of participation will be based on the submitted video and final registration and attendance confirmation.
  • The final contest will take place during WCNC 2017 in a dedicated session. The best authors will be invited to perform their presentation (in 3 minutes, reproducing the pitch, with the support of slides). People attending the session will also be requested to assess the presented 3MT. At the end of the day, the final ranking will be based on the initial one (provided by the jury), plus the one provided by the audience.
  • The selected authors will also be given the chance of contributing with the presentation of their PhD through a poster during a dedicated session.
  • Certificates of participation will be given to all the participants.
  • The 3 winners will be announced during the conference and the videos will be posted on WCNC website.

Contact: WCNC Student Program chairs: Eva Lagunas ( and Roberto Verdone (

Important Dates:

Video & Abstract Submission Deadline: March 2, 2018 (extended, HARD DEADLINE!)
Notification of acceptance: March 9, 2018


Registered attendees to the conference are not required to make any additional registration. Otherwise, a one-day registration will be required.

About 3MT®

“Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.​ 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries.”