Universitat Rovira i Virgili

"Present your thesis in 4 minutes" competition

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The Postgraduate and Doctoral School and the Scientific Communication Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili are promoting this competition for doctoral students who would like the opportunity to explain their doctoral theses in no more than four minutes to a non-specialist public. The URV will hold an internal competition to select a candidate to represent the University at the "Present your thesis in 4 minutes" competition organised by the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRi).

The internal URV competition will consists of two phases:

  1. Proposal submission phase. All doctoral students who sign up will participate in an internal selection process to determine the six proposals that will go through to the local final. The proposals will be selected by a committee consisting of representatives from the Postgraduate and Doctoral School, the URV's research community and the Unit for the Communication of Science, ComCiència.
  2. Final phase at the URV. The six chosen participants during the knock-out phase must explain their theses before a panel of judges designated by the Postgraduate and Doctoral School of the URV. This will take place on Thurday 4 June face-to-face in Tarragona or virtual, depending on the situation. The individuals chosen will be informed of the exact time and place when they get through to this phase. The doctoral student who will represent the URV at the interuniversity final will be chosen during this phase.

In the selection process the URV will award the students responsible for the top three proposals from the internal phase will free registration onto the URV doctoral programme. If the prize winner must not pay the next academic year enrolment fee (because of finishing, having another enrolment grant...), it will be paid the ammount corresponding to the enrolment fee for the aforementioned academic year. The person awarded first place will go through to the inter-university course, which will take place on Thursday, 25 June face-to-face in Barcelona or virtual. The FCRi competition allows for presentations to be given in Catalan, Spanish or English in a maximum of 4 minutes.

Candidates must complete the registration form before 15 May 2020.

The winner will represent the URV at the interuniversity competition in Barcelona on Thursday, 25 June.