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Contest "Thesis in 4 minutes"

RESULTADO DEL CONCURSO "TESIS EN 4 MINUTOS"

Candidata ganadora en la final institucional en la UPC

Joanna Maria Sadowska

Programa de doctorado

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Título de la presentación

"Effect of microstructural and chemical cues on the in vitro cell response to calcium phosphates”

Link to presentation


In this link you can see the entire Institutional end of presenting your thesis in 4 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzywWzngqUg&feature=youtu.be

 

The candidate will represent the UPC in the interuniversity final of the "Thesis in 4 Minutes" competition on 6 June. The competition is organised by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi) with the support of the Government of Catalonia and the collaboration of the Movistar Centre. .

 

Tell us about your research in four minutes!


The UPC, through its Doctoral School, and the other 11 universities in Catalonia are participating in the "Thesis in 4 Minutes" competition organised by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi) with the support of the Government of Catalonia. 
 

The competition challenges doctoral students in any scientific discipline to explain their research to a non-specialist audience in four minutes or less.


Competition rules: Rules and calendar for the 2018 call

1.  Requirements for candidates

 

  • Candidates must be UPC doctoral students who are enrolled for academic supervision in the academic year 2017/18.
  • They must be in at least their second year of doctoral studies (counted from the date of first enrolment).
  • They must not have defended their doctoral thesis at the time that they apply to participate in the competition.
  • They must undertake to attend both the UPC final and the final stage of the competition held at the FCRi. Candidates may not take part from off-site using videoconferencing or similar systems.
  • They must undertake not to include any confidential data or information related to their research in their public presentation. The UPC shall not be responsible for any offences resulting from failure to comply with this obligation.
  • Candidates must have the approval of their thesis supervisor to submit an application.

 

 2.    Rules for participation

The competition comprises four stages:

1st stage: Recording and posting of videos

    • Candidates must record a video in which they explain their thesis topic and publish the video on YouTube so that it is publicly available.
    • Videos may be no longer than four minutes (counted from the first second that the video starts to run). Any candidate who posts a video that is longer than four minutes will automatically be eliminated from the competition.
    • Presentations must be in Catalan, Spanish or English.
    • Static slides may be used, though it is recommended that no more than two be shown. It is recommended that participants not use notes or cue cards.
      The use of a brief or amusing quotation is permitted.
    • Candidates may not use video footage, added sound, musical instruments, costumes, etc.
       

 2nd stage: Registration

Candidates may apply by completing the online registration form on the website of the Doctoral School by the deadline indicated on the competition calendar.

Submitting an application implies acceptance of the competition rules.


3rd stage: Selection of participants

Final decision 946/2018 with selected candidates for the final

Decision 930/2018 of the "thesis in 4 minutes"


Once the deadline for submitting applications has passed, the Standing Committee of the Doctoral School will review the applications received and publish a list of admitted and non-admitted applicants on its website.

Based on the assessment of a jury, the Standing Committee of the Doctoral School will select a maximum of 10 participants. The jury will be composed of three to seven members, who may be UPC researchers, teachers, postdocs, students, alumni or administrative or service staff. The jury will have a chair, a secretary and regular members.

If a large number of applications are received, the Standing Committee may appoint more than one jury. In this case, the chair of each jury will send the result of their assessments to the chair of the Standing Committee in order that it may draft a decision based on these reports.

The Standing Committee will publish a list of the candidates selected to participate in the UPC final of the competition on the website of the Doctoral School by the date indicated on the competition calendar. Interested parties may submit complaints or corrections within the period stipulated in the decision. The decision will also specify the order in which presentations will take place (determined at random).


4th stage: UPC final

Candidates must be physically present to participate in the UPC final, which will take place on the date indicated in the competition calendar. The final will be an open, public session, held before the public and the jury.

The order of presentations will be that indicated in the decision on candidates admitted to the UPC final. The Doctoral School reserves the right to make changes to the planned order of presentations for organisational reasons. If such changes are necessary, advance notice must be given, and the consent of those affected must be obtained.

Participants will have four minutes to make their presentations, counted from the moment they begin speaking. Any candidate who goes over this limit will automatically be eliminated.

Any candidate who is not present in the room when his/her presentation is scheduled to start will be disqualified and will not be entitled to contest this decision.

Rules for presentations

  • Participants will have a maximum of four minutes to present their research.
  • It is recommended that no more than two static slides be used.
  • Candidates are advised not use to video footage, added sound, musical instruments, costumes, etc.
  • Participants may use some material, but it is recommended that this be kept to a minimum.
  • Presentations must be in Catalan, Spanish or English.
  • Timing of presentations will begin when participants start speaking.
  • It is recommended that participants not use notes or cue cards.
  • Candidates may use a brief or amusing quotation.

The jury will comprise all of the audience members at the event who wish to vote using their mobile phones. Following the presentations, audience members will be provided with a web link to an electronic voting form and will have 15 minutes to send their vote under the conditions specified and described by the Standing Committee at the event.

 

Candidates may not vote. Any who do so will be disqualified.

 

The jury will apply the following assessment criteria:

  • Regarding presentation content
  • Clear presentation of the problem, objectives and methodology used.
  • Understandable language.
  • Structure and order of the presentation.
  • Use of rhetorical devices
  • Regarding the form of presentations
    • Dynamic and varied intonation
    • Moderate rate of speech and understandable pronunciation
    • Body language
    • Eye contact
    • Empathy with the audience

       

  • Regarding support material and context
    • Use of support material suited to the content
    • Precise control of time
    • Mastery of movements on stage

 

The jury’s final decision will be announced at the end of the session and communicated to the FCRi.

The winner of this stage will receive a tablet as a prize and go on to represent the UPC at the interuniversity final of the “FCRi Thesis in 4 Minutes” competition.

 

5th stage: Interuniversity final

 

The final—a single, open, public session—will be held in Barcelona in June (in the afternoon, date and time to be published at a later date).

The seating capacity of the venue will be around 200, and it is anticipated that the event will be attended by students at different levels—bachelor's, master's, doctoral, upper secondary, training cycles—as well as members of the general public.

The participants in this session will be the 12 candidates selected as finalists in the first stage of the competition (one from each Catalan university). Presentations will take place in alphabetical order.

 

The FCRi will appoint a jury.


Rules for presentations

  • As in the fourth stage of the first part of the competition, participants will have a maximum of four minutes to present their research.
  • It is recommended that no more than two static slides be used.
  • Candidates are advised not use to video footage, added sound, musical instruments, costumes, etc.
  • Participants may use some material, but it is recommended that this be kept to a minimum.
  • Presentations must be in Catalan, Spanish or English.
  • Timing of presentations will begin when participants start speaking.
  • It is recommended that participants not use notes or cue cards.
  • Candidates may use a brief or amusing quotation.

 

The following prizes will be awarded:

 

  • First prize: €3,000
  • Second prize: €2,000
  • Audience prize: €1,000

Interuniversity Final

 We inform you about the FCRI Interuniversity Final Meeting.

Date : June, 6th, 2018

Schedule :  From 5 pm to 7 pm.

Place : Auditori de Movistar Centre Plaça Catalunya

Portal de l’Àngel,

08002 Barcelona

https://www.fundaciorecerca.cat/ca/sala-de-premsa/400-una-dotzena

 

Competition rules : Interuniversity final “Thesis in 4 Minutes”

On Wednesday, 6 June, the interuniversity final of the competition “Present your thesis in 4 minutes” was held at the Auditorium of the Movistar Centre in Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona.
You can see photos of the final here: goo.gl/dnMDDG. The competitors from each Catalan university presented their theses in front of a specialised jury and the audience. 
The winners of the competition were

  • 1st Prize - Alícia Sánchez, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
  • 2nd Prize - Gabriela Montiel, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Audience Prize - Abril Sánchez, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC)

The UPC’s Doctoral School congratulates the winners of the interuniversity competition, the rest of the finalists, and in particular the UPC’s representative, Joanna Maria Sadowska, who gave an outstanding presentation and showed great enthusiasm.

 3.    Competition calendar

Date
Publication of the call for entries and competition rules. 16/03/2018
Registration.

Until 16/04/2018

New dateline: 04/05/2018

Publication of the decision and list of admitted candidates.

19/04/2018

New dateline: 08/05/2018

Publication of the decision regarding candidates selected to take part in the final.

08/05/2018

New dateline: 10/05/2018

UPC final. 17/05/2018
Communication to the FCRi of the winner and UPC candidate for the interuniversity final. 17/05/2018
Interuniversity final.

Date : June, 6th, 2018

Schedule :  From 5 pm to 7 pm.

Place : Auditori de Movistar Centre Plaça Catalunya

Portal de l’Àngel,

08002 Barcelona