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ACCIS CDT student Anna Baker reaches the finals of the Three Minute Thesis competition

ACCIS CDT student Anna Baker (third from right) with the other 3MT finalists

23 May 2016

For the third year in a row, a student from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) has reached the finals of the University of Bristol's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Anna Baker, a fourth-year PhD student at the ACCIS CDT, gave a talk entitled '4D Materials: Programming Shape Change into Hydrogels'. Her work focuses on the creation of programmed shape changing materials from soft, wet and biocompatible plastics.

This year, the competition was held at the Bristol Doctoral College's Research Without Borders event, which took place at the At-Bristol Science Centre on Wednesday 9 May 2016. The event highlighted the outstanding efforts of postgraduate researchers at the University. 

Anna, who competed against six other finalists, says of the competition: 'It was a really enjoyable experience that I would recommend to anyone. Not only was it a chance for me to think about my research outside of my research bubble and present to a general audience, but it was also a chance to get to know other PhD students and learn about their work.'

This is the third year in a row that an ACCIS CDT student has made it through to the finals of the 3MT competition. In 2014, Laura Edwards and Rafael Luterbacher reached the finals, followed by Robin Neville in 2015.

3MT is a global academic competition that challenges students to give an engaging and accessible summary of their 80,000 word PhD thesis in just three minutes. By taking part, researchers not only get to increase awareness of their research but also develop valuable presentation and communication skills.

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