Published on 18 March 2019

Explaining months or years of research in 180 seconds can be done! 15 students proved as much when they rose to the challenge at the Université Paris-Saclay final of My Thesis in 180 Seconds on March 14. Daniel Fiévet, a science journalist for France Inter, hosted the event for an audience of over 400 people.

Pauline Agou overcame fierce competition from the other finalists to win both the final and the People’s Choice Award with her thesis “Design and preclinical validation of the acoustic part of a medical device for the transient opening of the blood-brain barrier using transcranial focused ultrasound.” The jury awarded Besnik Sadriji second prize for the presentation of his thesis, “Evolution of the incremental fatigue crack propagation model: consideration of micro-cracking due to surface defects.” They will both compete in the national semi-finals to be held in Paris from April 4 to 6.

Inspired by the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in Australia, the concept was adopted by the ACFAS (Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences) in Quebec and was introduced throughout France in 2014, in collaboration with the CPU (University Presidents Conference) and CNRS.

My Thesis in 180 Seconds is run by the CPU and CNRS in partnership with CASDEN and MGEN, and is now in its sixth consecutive year. The competition gives PhD students the chance to present their research topic to a diverse, non-specialist audience. Participants have just three minutes to give a clear, concise yet convincing presentation of their research topic, in French.

The competition highlights the diversity of fields studied at Université Paris-Saclay, from natural sciences and medicine to law, social science, and the humanities.

Click on the links below for the press release and the special issue of L’Edition on this year’s competition: