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ACCIS CDT student through to the final of Three Minute Thesis competition

Andrés Rivero delivering his 3-minute thesis Robert Doherty, Bristol Doctoral College

The event was held at Colston Hall Robert Doherty, Bristol Doctoral College

29 May 2018

For the fourth time in five years, a student from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) represented the Faculty of Engineering at the final of the University of Bristol's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Andrés Rivero, a third-year PhD student in the ACCIS CDT, gave a talk ‘Flexible airplanes: achieving higher fuel efficiency by adapting wing shapes during flight’. His work focuses on developing a morphing aerostructure – known as the Fish Bone Active Camber (FishBAC) – using composite materials.

This year’s competition started on 18 April 2018, when Steve Grey – another ACCIS CDT PhD student – and Andrés Rivero joined another 16 semi-finalists and gave their three-minute presentations. Eights finalist were selected to present at the final event, held at the Bristol Doctoral College’s Research Without Borders event, which took place at Colston Hall on 9 May 2018.

Andrés, who competed against seven other finalists, says of the competition: 'It was a great experience that required a lot of practice and preparation. Summarising your PhD thesis in 180 seconds is a great exercise that not only helps you understand your topic a bit better, but also helps to realise the true importance of your research in terms of social benefit.' Video footage of Andrés’s presentation can be found here.

This is the fifth time 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 and Anna Baker in 2016.

3MT is a global academic competition – developed by the University of Queensland in Australia – 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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