MT180 – My Thesis in 180 Seconds

Swiss 2021 Final

After a year without a Swiss final in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, “My thesis in 180 seconds” is back in 2021!

This national event will take place at the Forum Rolex on 21 May 2021 at 6pm behind closed doors and will be broadcast on YouTube.

The doctoral students, selected by their respective universities, must take up the challenge of presenting their thesis in 3 minutes and no more.

These 15 doctoral students, from 5 universities in the country (EPFL, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel) will showcase their communication skills, their enthusiasm and their passion for research during this fun event in French, which is aimed at a wide audience.

The public will be able to vote for their favourite candidate on wooclap. A jury, made up of personalities from the scientific field and the media, will be responsible for deciding between the candidates.

The first three places will be awarded and the winner will go on to the international final, which will take place in Paris on 30 September 2021.

This Swiss 2021 final is organised in collaboration with CUSO.

  • 6:00 pm: Start of the event, introduction by Luisa Lambertini, Associate Vice-President for Postgraduate Education and Denis Billotte, CUSO Secretary General
  • 6:10 pm : Presentations of the 15 candidates
  • 7:20 pm: Public vote and deliberation of the jury
  • 7:50 pm: Announcement of the results

Moderation by Anne-Laure Gannac, journalist for RTS and at the EPFL College of Humanities.

This year’s jury will be composed of :

  • Prof. Luciana Vaccaro, Rector of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) (president of the jury)
  • Mr François Gremaud, actor and director of 2b Company, Lausanne
  • Ms Isabela Grigoras, PhD student at the University of Fribourg, 1st prize of the jury MT180 Switzerland 2019
  • Ms Véronique Jost-Gara, Vice-president of the Swiss Knowledge Collection
  • Ms Sarah Sermondadaz, science journalist,
  • Mr. Pierre Willa, Member of the Executive Board, Swiss National Science Foundation.

Watch the Swiss Final live

How to participate ?

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.

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.

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.

“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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