MT180 2022: Bastien Marguet and Arthur Guerin-Turcq win the Université de Lyon regional final

On The March 25, 2022

The Université de Lyon regional final of the “My Thesis in 180 Seconds” (MT180) competition was held on Thursday, March 24, in the Université de Lyon’s Grand Amphitheater. Fourteen candidates from the site’s institutions presented their thesis subjects, with a mix of humor and scientific popularization, to a full house, as well as online, before three jury prizes and one people’s choice award 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, layman’s 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.



On Thursday, March 24, fourteen PhD students from the Lyon Saint-Étienne site presented their research project in three minutes to a panel of judges, which for the 2022 edition included:

  • Christine Détrez, Professor at the ENS de Lyon and Director of the Max Weber Center
  • Florence Ruggiero, Head of research at the CNRS – IGFL
  • Raphaële Baïetto-Grivel, HR Development Director at Arkema
  • Sylvain Guillot, The “Villeurbanne 2022, French Capital of Culture” event manager at the Villeurbanne City Hall
  • Eloi Thiboud, Journalist for the Lyon Capitale

Close to 350 people came to support their favorite candidate; a large audience also followed the regional final online on the Université de Lyon ComUE’s Facebook page.


Bastien Marguet won the jury’s first prize for his thesis on “Modeling grain boundary formation in two-dimensional materials: from application to graphene” conducted at the Institut Lumière Matière (ILM) laboratory at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1.


Bastien Marguet, jury’s first prize winner, alongside Frank Debouck, President of the Université de Lyon ComUE, and Laurent Barbieri, the CNRS Rhône Auvergne Regional Delegate.

Arthur Guerin-Turcq, a PhD student at the ENTPE, won the people’s choice award after a very good performance for his thesis in human and social sciences entitled “Forests and common land. The French suburban forest between common property and club property”.

Christelle Goutaudier, Director of the Collège Doctoral de l’Université de Lyon and Arthur Guerin-Turcq, winner of the people’s choice award

Gersende Fernandes, from the ENTPE (LEHNA), won the second prize with her thesis “Development of infiltrometric and modeling approaches for the quantification of infiltration and filtration functions of urban soils”.
The jury’s third prize was awarded to Juliette Gelebart, from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, for her thesis on “Electrophysiological study of subjective pain perception in humans through intracerebral recording”.

Bastien Marguet and Arthur Guerin-Turcq will be heading to Paris to fly the Université de Lyon’s flag during the national semi-final, from April 8 to 9, 2022, before the international final, which will be held Lyon on May 31.

The Université de Lyon would like to congratulate all the young researchers who took part in this 2022 edition.

Photo credits: ©Vincent Noclin