The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)’s Doctoral School held the seventh edition of Thesis Talk, a competition in which PhD students present their research project in less than three minutes. This presentation tests the participants’ ability to summarise and communicate.
The final session, held on the 15th of June on UC3M’s Leganés Campus, was attended by 15 of the 19 contestants shortlisted in the first phase of the competition from among the 39 PhD students who applied this year. During the session, the finalists presented their research projects in areas such as: materials science and engineering; computer science and technology; human rights; documentation; humanities; aerospace engineering; electrical, electronic and automatic engineering; communications engineering; media research; and fluid mechanics.
This year’s winners, who received prizes of 900, 600 and 300 euros, were: Ana Raya Collado, a Humanities PhD candidate, with the presentation: "The power of maps in the Western Sahara conflict"; María Loureiro, a Signal Processing and Communications Engineering PhD candidate, with the presentation: "Predictive robots"; and Facundo Masari, a Materials Science and Engineering PhD candidate, with the presentation: "Looking ahead: new steels for nuclear power plants and clean energy".
The Thesis Talk participants must give a presentation in less than three minutes, in Spanish or English, with only a presentation slide or an overhead slide. The jury, made up of UC3M lecturers and external professionals, assesses the PhD students’ ability to present the objective and results of their theses, the background and impact of the research, as well as the order and articulacy and their ability to present ideas and attract the audience’s attention.
This presentation format - Three Minute Thesis (3MT) - developed by the University of Queensland (Australia), has been adopted by more than two hundred universities worldwide.
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