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My Thesis in 180 Seconds - The 2021 competition

My Thesis in 180 Seconds, the international Francophone competition launched in Quebec, is back for the eighth time in France. Inspired by the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, My Thesis in 180 Seconds is led in France by the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) and the CNRS, and has been developed locally by volunteer university groups.

In Lyon & Saint-Étienne, the competition is organized by the Université de Lyon on behalf of its member institutions.

The competition

My Thesis in 180 Seconds invites PhD students to present their research topic in simple terms to a jury made up of researchers, journalists and representatives from the CPU and CNRS, as well as a diverse non-specialist audience.

Each PhD student must present their research project in three minutes in a clear and concise, yet convincing manner.

After the regional final, two candidates from each participating university group will compete in a national semi-final.

All PhD students at the Université de Lyon are invited to take part in the competition.

I am willing to participate (FR)

Join us in March 2021 for the "Université de Lyon" regional final

Fourteen PhD students will present their research projects to an audience and jury in just three minutes.
A total of three Jury prizes and one Audience prize will be awarded.

The regional final will be held behind closed doors and streamed live.

The national semi-final and final: April and June 2021

The competition's national tests will be carried out in two stages:
  • The winners from the regional finals will compete in the semi-final which will take place over three days in April. At the end of the three days, sixteen candidates will be chosen to compete in the national final.
  • The sixteen successful candidates will compete in the national final which will take place in June.

The international francophone final during fall 2021

A prestigious jury will then decide between the national winners from the various countries participating in the My Thesis in 180 Seconds competition.

Visit MT180 official website (in French)