MT180 – My Thesis in 180 Seconds

2022 EPFL Final

For the 6th edition of the competition “My Thesis in 180 Seconds” at EPFL we are pleased to announce the final will take place on

Thursday 24 March 2022 at the Forum Rolex

The selection process will take place in January and February 2022.

Information on the Competition

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! The selections will take place in January and February 2022 (one date per competitor). 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 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.

47 PhD students registred to take part to the 6th edition of the EPFL MT180 Competition.

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.

Trainings took place from 25 to 29 october 2021 (9 am to 5 pm) and were limited to  8 participants per day. 

40 PhD students registred for a training session and 39 took part to it.

“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.


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.


Partners: [email protected]
Organisation: [email protected]