Meet Our Twelve 3MT Participants
Jaap Waverlijn - Social Sciences and Humanities
The biggest issue humanity is currently facing is climate change. I investigate which laws could be introduced to reduce the costs of renewable energy technologies and thus incentivise the switch from fossil to renewable energy sources. I enjoy speaking to a broader audience about my research because I believe spreading the knowledge gained through research is important not only academia but also a broad public should be informed of developments in research. When facing a multi-disciplinary problem such as climate change, sharing research outcomes with non-specialists in my field is of vital importance because we can only successfully address these problems when working together. I wanted to join the 3MT Competition because the competition and the training are an excellent opportunity to develop myself in terms of effectively presenting research to a broader audience, which I believe is of great importance.
Justine Dickhoff - Medical Sciences
In my research I want to find out what is different in brains of people with suicidal behavior, and especially in how far areas responsible for emotions play a role in this context. I want to reach out to a broader audience about my research because suicide is really tragic and causes a lot of suffering. It is still a taboo topic and people are afraid to talk about it. For people with suicidal thoughts this is quite a big problem, because they cannot share their thoughts which consequently leads too even deeper suffering. For some it might even be the reason to change their thoughts into actions. That is why I want to take this opportunity to inform a broader audience about it, hoping to make this toping more discussable. I see the 3 minutes thesis competition as a great opportunity for this.
Pooya Moshizadeh - Science and Engineering
My research is about control of "microgrids". A microgrid is a network of connected power sources and loads in a small area which can be seen as one entity within the wide area electrical power system. I enjoy explaining my research to a broader audience because science is an unlimited resource, and sharing it will actually increase the portion you get! Participating in the 3MT Competition is a valuable free experience!
Marlies ter Beek - Social Sciences and Humanities
My research is about reading comprehension of 7th-grade students ('brugklassers' in Dutch). We developed a digital learning environment with strategy support for history text reading and test its effects on students' reading comprehension, strategy use, and motivation. I would like to explain my research to a broader audience because many people assume that the use of technology will lead to better learning results, while this has not always been empirically tested. It is my personal belief that using technology has its benefits, but only if teachers and students know how and why they should use it. I am competing in the 3MT because I personally find it very important to translate and share research results with a broader audience. My hope is that teachers and students will benefit from my research results in their daily practice.
Jone Ansuategui Echeita - Medical Sciences
My research looks into the affection in functionality when doing daily duties due to not only back pain, but when individuals suffer from Central Sensitization (a phenomenon that makes individuals with chronic pain hypersensitive to it). I enjoy explaining my research to a broader audience because I like to make people aware of applied research, research made for everyday people. Since research is not only lab and experiments, applied research is not usually heard or even known. I think participating in the 3MT competition may be a very good opportunity to test my lecturer skills, whether I’m able to make my message come across and make listeners interested in the topic I explain. Such qualities are very important to give echo to research and very helpful in my future career.
Vakil Takhaveev - Science and Engineering
In my research I am excited by one mysterious biochemical phenomenon: The living cell glows with fluorescent light, and does it moreover in waves; now brighter, then dimmer, and all over again. I am uncovering what could make these unexpected cycles of cellular metabolism. I enjoy speaking to a broader audience about my research because I want to spread my enthusiasm about the biochemistry that happens in our cells. I hope children will be thrilled by science as I was once, so that they will do it in future. I am competing in the 3MT Competition because I want to make my PhD life brighter and meet energetic people passionate about their work.
Lara Mottee - Social Sciences and Humanities
My research looks at how the professionals who assess and manage the social impacts of urban transport can achieve better outcomes for the public. I'd like to explain my research to a broader audience to share my knowledge about how transport planning in cities can be improved to benefit people. I'm competing in 3MT to obtain experience in presenting my research to larger audiences and increase awareness about how the social impacts of urban transport can be better managed.
Simon Hemelaar - Medical Sciences
My project focuses on biological applications of Fluorescent Nanodiamonds. These nanoscale particles can measure the magnetic surrounding, in simpler words, these particles give us information of the composition of their direct environment, allowing for a new imaging technique with superb resolution. For me the explanation of my research to a wide audience is the penultimate goal. The translational part to a larger audience is an overlooked aspect in the world of Academia. During my PhD I am trying to reach a broad audience by doing radio interviews, setting up a crowd funding campaign, giving layman lectures and participating in this 3 Minute Thesis workshop! Participating in the 3MT competition is the ultimate challenge to try and make your research understandable, while covering all the bases and fitting it in three minutes, a fun contest indeed. I am learning a lot in the trainings and I think this is something all PhDs should or could aspire to!
Estefania Talavera - Science and Engineering
In my research we aim to extract information related to daily habits of a wearable camera user, by analysing the visual information from the recorded egocentric images. I would like to reach out to a broader audience in order to increase the visibility of this line of research. I think it is important to familiarise people with the applications of computer vision. I don't specifically consider the 3MT as a competition, but rather as a way to reach out to the broader public and make it part of this challenge.
Annita Kobes - Social Sciences and Humanities
My research is about the effectiveness of childhood obesity interventions, actions taken to motivate children to change their eating behavior. Childhood obesity is a worldwide health issue and governments of many countries have invested in all sorts of interventions. Often, we do not know how well these interventions work. In my PhD, I focus on answering the question: how effective are childhood obesity interventions? Over the years, I learned that communicating your research clearly and at the same time concisely is a skill which – fortunately – can be developed. When I received an email about the 3MT competition, I recognized an opportunity to train my verbal communication skills and signed up. While practicing my verbal skills, I also get the chance to learn from fellow PhD students, and communicate the results of my research to a broader audience.
Yori Ong - Medical Sciences
In my research, I work on the development of new technologies that can assess the condition of a single cell or microbe on a microscopic scale. We put tiny diamonds in cells that shine red light when you shoot them with a laser and the red light can tell you if the cell is happy or not. A lot of physics, chemistry and biology is involved to make it work, which is nice. I enjoy presenting to a broader audience because I like it when someone explains things to me that make me feel like I understand something new afterwards. Maybe other people like that too. Why else would they come? I am competing in the 3MT Competition because I certainly have three minutes to spare to give this a try!
Dowine de Bruijn - Science and Engineering
My research is about selective modification of proteins under bacteria-friendly conditions. I enjoy presenting to a broader audience because I like to show people what great things we can get from nature, and from bacteria in particular. They can do some much more than only making us sick! I hope my talk will improve both the image of chemistry as well as of bacteria. I am competing in the 3MT competition because I really enjoy explain research to non-scientific audience. It actually helps me finding the core of my research, since you have to strip your story from all specific details. And I hope to share my enthusiasm for science.
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