Each year, a number of PhD students from around the country participate in a Thesis-in-3 competition. The students are drawn from various Institutes which are funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
In 2013, Trinity College Dublin successfully competed to host Ireland’s contribution to European “Researchers’ Night” on 27th September 2013. This is an annual event to raise public awareness of researchers and research careers across Europe. CRANN took part by staging the institute’s Thesis in Three competition in the Science Gallery on the night. CNGL also took part and over 80 people attended the event. 22 students described their PhD research using just 3 slides in 3 minutes. 2 winners from both institutes were selected to attend the national Thesis in Three event, held in Smock Alley on October 30th.
Congratualtions to the overall national winner who was from CRANN – Christopher Davitt from Dr Ed Lavelle’s group.
One of the most important skills for any scientist is to be able to explain their research in clear and jargon-free language so the general public is able to understand the impact of their work on their everyday lives. The format of Thesis-in-3 puts participants on the spot as they need to bring science to life in an informal and light-hearted manner. Students are judged on delivery as well as on the content of their presentation.
During the course of the evening, which is be open to the general public, the audience will get to hear about the current world-class research happening in Ireland in bite-sized chunks.