My Thesis in 180 Seconds 2019: women only on the podium at the Université de Lyon regional final

On The March 28, 2019

The Université de Lyon regional final of the "My Thesis in 180 Seconds" (MT180) competition was held on Thursday, March 28, in the Université de Lyon's Grand Amphithéâtre. Fourteen candidates from the site's institutions presented their thesis subjects, with a mix of humor and apprehension, to a full house before three jury prizes and one audience prize were awarded.

My Thesis in 180 Seconds, an international French-speaking competition first launched in Quebec, invites PhD students to present their research topic in simple, lay terms to a jury and non-specialist audience. Each year, after the regional final, two candidates from each participating university group compete in a national semi-final.


The Université de Lyon final

On Thursday, March 28, fourteen Ph.D. students from the Lyon Saint-Étienne site presented their research project in three minutes. The Université de Lyon's Grand Amphithéâtre had a full house for the event, with around 350 people gathering to support their favorite candidates.

Among the audience was this year's attentive jury comprising:

  • Benjamin Ménard, associate professor at the Université Jean Monnet;
  • Jean Yves Cavaillé, professor emeritus at the INSA Lyon and Tohoku University (Japan);
  • Valérie Castellani, CNRS research director at the Institut NeuroMyoGène;
  • Karima Benelhadj, coordinator of the Pint of Science festival in Lyon;
  • Guillaume Lamy, journalist at Lyon Capitale

The finalists

Amira Saoudi won the jury's first prize for her thesis on “The Study of Mechanoluminescence Phenomena in Textile Fibers” conducted at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. She studies solids that produce light after they have been distorted.

Noëlle Remoué, a PhD student at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, won the jury’s second prize for her thesis entitled “The study of diabetic neuropathic ulcer healing in an animal model” which aims to improve the healing of diabetic wounds! She also won the audience prize following a vote by the audience at the competition.

And finally, Éléonore Mathis, from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, won the third prize with her thesis entitled “Thermoplastic toughened high performance composites: the influence of morphology on mechanical properties”. Her goal: building lighter airplanes!

Amira and Noëlle will, therefore, be heading to Paris to fly the Université de Lyon's flag during the national semi-final, from April 4 to 6, 2019, before the international final, which will be held in Dakar, Senegal on September 26, 2019.

The Université de Lyon would like to congratulate all fourteen candidates for their science popularization work.

Photo credits: Université de Lyon