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Did you see the amazing presentations of our VUB PhD Cup finalists during the PhD day 2018? Would you like to compete with fellow-researchers for the VUB PhD Cup 2019? Then be sure to reserve a spot on the pre-selections taking place during the PhD days of the Doctoral Schools and bring along your colleagues! You not only can win a spot during the finals in May, but will have the opportunity to get personal training from the Floor is Yours on April, 30th;  the possibility of making a short video on your research for ‘Science Figured Out’ and win 500 eur working credit!! Check out videos from last year here.

To prepare yourself to speak about your research in layman’s terms, you can follow a short writing course offered by RTDO!

Be sure to reserve the following dates in your agenda:

Short writing course to develop an abstract in laymen’s terms (15/3 or 20/3 or 21/3): Info and registration here

Preselections: 2/4/19 (NSE/LSM), 24/4/19 (DSH)

Training: 30/4/19

Recording video for Science Figured Out: 21/5/19

Final: 27/5/19

Pre-selection and registration

Format: Give a three-minute presentation of your research in English, tailored to a large audience. You can make use of a powerpoint or other objects to get your message across.

To nominate PhD candidates for the PhD Cup, each Doctoral School will organize a pre-selection in which you can present your research. The audience will choose one finalist and the jury the other two.


Register by the following links:

Pre-selection NSE: April, 2nd (Deadline submission abstract: 29/3)

Pre-selection LSM: April 2nd (Deadline submission abstract: 29/3)

Pre-selection DSH: April, 24th (Deadline submission abstract: 17/4)


Too early to present something but curious how more experienced researchers perform on stage?
Come and cheer them from the audience!


Some simple guidelines:

-          Do not to use specific jargon only known by your field of research

-          Even if your research is complex, try to find a way to simplify it for your audience without missing the core message

-          Script your research as a story with emotional as well as intellectual impact – people will remember your research better!

-          Do not worry about being complete, you can tell a part of the story to get people interested in the subject

-          Think about why your research is important and start from there

-          Can you relate your research to hot topics in the news of self-interest themes? This might make your story stick better

-          Do you have any fun facts related to your research? Use them!

-          Do not use too many slides (follow the rule: one (or half a) minute per slide)

Check out some short videos from the Flemish PhD Cup to get inspiration for your talk: http://www.phdcup.be/publieksprijs (in Dutch)

Check out examples from Three-Minute-Thesis Competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dexCh39jEg4 (in English)