MT180 – My Thesis in 180 Seconds

Present your thesis in only three minutes!

Each participant will have 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! Selections will be made in October. Participants will be 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. A special audience award will also be given.
The competition also serves 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.

See you in autumn 2021 for registrations for the MT180 EPFL 2022 edition. There will be no EPFL final in 2021. Due to the health situation, the 2020 Swiss final has been postoned by one year. The winners of the EPFL 2020 will therefore participate this year.

Get 1 ETCS Credit

Since 2016, the course is recognized by EPFL’s Doctoral School and participants in the MT180 competition may, if they so choose, receive an ECTS credit towards their doctoral degree.

Conditions to receive credit are:

  1. Participation in one of the workshops in English or French
  2. Participation in the selection event and a final evaluation of at least 4/6

Training in public speaking

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.

A worldwide competition

“My Thesis in 180 Seconds” competitions have been held in number of countries, with French-language versions taking place so far in Canda, France, Belgium and Morocco.

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

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