More than 380 doctoral candidates at 5th PhD Day and 3 Minute Thesis

More than 380 doctoral candidates, postdocs, and interested students came to Rosensäle on 24 January to visit the Graduate Academy's fifth PhD Day and the first ever university finals of the "3 Minute Thesis Competition" at FSU Jena. The 12 Lectures at PhD Day provided general and in-detail information about career perspectives within and outside academia, chances and pitfalls of the doctorate, the general academic regulations for dissertations, and financial and familiy topics around the doctoral phase.

On the evening of this year's PhD Day, more than 100 spectators followed passionately, as FSU's first ever "3 Minute Thesis" Competition finalists competed for the jury prize and the audience prize. The competition was initialised by Coimbra Group and organised by the Graduate Academy in cooperation with DR.FSU. Its idea is to challenge doctoral candidates to present their dissertation topic as short, easy to understand, and entertainingly as possible before a lay audience. A jury of five representatives of Graduate Academy, different faculties of FSU, DR.FSU, and the audience selected Martin Kunz of IMPRS for Global Biochemical Cycles with his presentation called "How Drones can Save the Climate" as winner of the jury prize. He now has the chance of being selected to go to Edinburgh for the European finals of the Coimbra Group in June 2017.
Marcus Bugner from the Institute for Theoretical Physics (see photo) won the Audience Prize with his presentation on "Improving the Astronomical Weather Forecast".

For more information and a little image gallery of the 3MT finals, click here.

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