ACCIS CDT student wins People's Choice Award at the Three Minute Thesis Final
16 May 2019
Konstantina Kanari, a third-year PhD student in the ACCIS CDT, won the People's Choice Award at the Three Minute Thesis Final
For the sixth time in seven 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.
Konstantina Kanari, a third-year PhD student in the ACCIS CDT, gave her talk on ‘Nanocomposites – how tiny changes are having the biggest impact’. Her work focuses on developing nanofibrous interleaves for the toughening of composite laminates and impressed the audience with lasagne analogies.
Konstantina, who competed against seven other finalists, says of the competition: 'The 3 Minute Thesis competition is such an exciting event even if it’s quite demanding. I think it is really easy for PhD students to get lost into the specifics of their research, and this is a unique opportunity to remember why your work matters'.
This is the sixth 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, Anna Baker in 2016 and Andres Rivero Bracho in 2018.
This year’s competition started on 30 April 2019, when Lourens Blok – another ACCIS CDT PhD student – and Konstantina joined another 19 semi-finalists and gave their three-minute presentations. Eight finalists 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 15 May 2019.
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.