During the Printemps des Sciences (Spring of Sciences) over the weekend of 24th and 25th March, the University of Mons organised its final for Ma Thèse en 180 secondes (inspired by the ‘Three Minute Thesis’ contest).
Adriano Panepinto (Faculty of Science), Tiffany Jandrain (FTI-EII) and Guillaume Bayon-Vicente (Faculty of Science) were chosen by the jury and audience to represent UMONS at the inter-university finals that will take place in Brussels in May.
Adriano Panepinto is working on how to improve the performance of photovoltaic cells. Tiffany Jandrain specialises in the field of translation studies, while Guillaume Bayon-Vicente studies the bioplastics of tomorrow.
These three PhD students will fly the flag for UMONS during the Belgian inter-university finals, which will take place at ULB in Brussels on 24th May 2018. If they are among the best, they will then have the opportunity to reach the international final later this year in Lausanne, Switzerland.
They competed in the “Ma Thèse en 180 secondes” competition with five other candidates at the Lotto Mons Expo. As the name suggests, the competition involves presenting research to the public in the clearest, most pleasant and most comprehensible way possible… with a maximum of one slide, and in no more than three minutes!
The eight PhD students of UMONS had been coached to summarise very complex scientific work and making it understandable in three minutes. To do this, they have been able to rely on the advice of members of the SciTech² (the UMONS Science and Technology Dissemination Centre), as well as students from Arts².
Performing arts students have given tips to the UMONS PhD students on how to stand on stage, talk, breathe, and capture the attention of their audience.
And this year, the overall level was particularly high. Congratulations to all on this masterful challenge!