MT180 – My Thesis in 180 Seconds

Sophie Rivara, 1st place and audience prize, Tamara Rossy, 2nd place and Herberto Dhanis, 3rd place.

Edition 2021-2022

Sophie Rivara won the 1st and the audience prize, Tamara Rossy the 2nd and Herberto Dhanis the 3rd jury prize for the EPFL Final MT180 which took place on 24 March 2022 at the RLC ! Congratulations !

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Edition 2022-2023 – SAVE THE DATES

Registration: 1st to 30 September 2022
Coaching: Novembre 2022 (to be precised)
Selections: between 23 Januaray and 10 February 2023 (to be precised) 
Final: Thursday 30 March 2023 at the Forum Rolex

How to participate ?

Each participant has three minutes to present his or her research, in plain language, to a non-specialist audience and a jury made up of researchers, journalists and business people.

The challenge: make your thesis topic easily understandable in clear, concise and convincing French or English – and with the help of only one slide! During the selections, participants are filmed under competition conditions, and a multidisciplinary jury will choose finalists based on the videos, rating each participant’s performance according to the criteria in the official rules.

Participants will also have a unique opportunity to take part in a day of training in public speaking given by media professionals. Their aim will be to help you present your work effectively.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three presentations in the final. A special audience award will also be given.

The aim is also to inform the general public about the wide and exciting range of scientific research being carried out. Last but not least, it is an opportunity for participants to meet PhD students working in other fields and learn about their work.

Since 2016, the course is recognized by the EPFL Doctoral School. Participants in the MT180 competition may receive an ECTS credit towards their doctoral degree.

Conditions to receive credit are:

  1. To participate in one of the training course in English or in French.
  2. To participate in the selection process and obtain a score of 4/6 or higher.

Media professionals will provide advice on word choice, body language and intonation – the sort of feedback that will also prove useful in your future career.

Participation in one a training session, in English or in French is one of the two conditions to receive an ECTS credit.

At EPFL 14 PhD students are selected each year to participate to the final and present their Thesis in 180 seconds, either in French or in English

The jury for the final is made up of representatives from the scientific community and broader science world, the business world and the media.

Prizes

1st place:  CHF 1000
2nd place: CHF   700
3rd place:  CHF   400
Audience Prize: CHF   400
   

All prizes are awarded at the final, including the audience prizes awarded during the MT180 selections, worth CHF 200 per selection day.

The best EPFL finalists will have the opportunity to compete in the Swiss final organised by CUSO, which takes place every year in May in its French-speaking version. 

s”My Thesis in 180 Seconds” competitions  are implemented in several countries, with French-language versions taking place so far in Canada, France, Belgium and Morocco.

MT180 was inspired by “Three Minute Thesis (3MT®),” which was first held at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008.

The best finalist in Switzerland can compete in the international final, which takes place in its French version every autumn.

Organisation

My Thesis in 180 Seconds is organised at EPFL by the Science Outreach Department with support from the Doctoral School and the Learning and Development Service, and in collaboration with Mediacom and the Audiovisual Service.

Exclusive Partner

The CVCI Foundation is the EPFL MT180 exclusive partner for 2022. It reflects the support of the economy for research, education and innovation in the canton de Vaud.

Science Outreach Department (SPS)

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Phone: 021 693 00 72 or 71 (secretariat)

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