Finals – 3 Minute Thesis Competition
A few weeks ago, I entered the finals of the 3 Minute Thesis Coventry University Competition. It was a fun but stressing time and experience. Among 11 participants, I was very lucky because I got to be the first one to present. The research’s ranged from over-tourism to cancer research to visitor experience and corporate performance.
So, I know that the competition was enormous. At the end, I didn’t win, but to be honest I just wanted the experience of presenting my PhD. Why? Because I’m at the beginning of my research and my goal is simply to get it out there in the world.
But, more importantly, it was a good practice run for my next presentation, CAUTHE 2020. In this competition, I had an audience of non-specialised juries and participants, but for the next presentation, I’m going to present to specialised academics within my field of studies.
In the academic field, presenting your research is one of the most important parts of the job, as I have been more and more aware. Because at the end of your presentation other researchers or interested individuals ask you questions. Questions regarding how you found the gap within the literature, why it is important, what will your contribution be, which ontological and epistemological approach did you followed, how does that affect your research and the way you think etc. And with that, you may discover some points that you need to rethink, re-plan or rewrite.
Overall, it was an excellent opportunity and I loved to participate, because not only did I network with other students and academics, but also received lots of feedback. Good feedback.
Now, let’s start thinking and planning the next adventure -> New Zealand.