“My thesis in 180 seconds”: international contest’s first Prize awarded a PhD student from Burkina Faso

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Geneviève Zabré, a Burkinabé PhD student, just won the first Prize of the international finale of “My thesis in 180 seconds” held in Switzerland, beating 18 candidates, all from French-speaking countries.

Geneviève Zabré’s thesis is about the part of ovine in methane emissions. She was supported thanks to the help of the Institut national de la Recherche agronomique (INRA, French Institute of Agronomic Research) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, Research and Development Institute) as part of a programme of fight against desertification in Africa.

The contest is organised by the Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU, Conference of University Presidents) and the CNRS, in cooperation with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF, Francophonie University Association), and features a 3-minutes presentation during which selected young PhD students must present, in French, the subject of their thesis, in the most attractive and most accessible way possible before a non-expert audience. 

This year’s international finale of the contest “My thesis in 180 seconds” gathers participants from 18 French-speaking countries, including 11 African countries. The candidate representing France reached second place.

Here’s the podium:

  • 1st prize: Geneviève Zabré, University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): “Using medical plants in the fight against methane produced by ruminants: the case of ovine”,


  • 2nd prize and public prize: Philippe Le Bouteiller, Community University Grenoble Alpes (France): “Eularian approach of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation using a Galerkin discounting methods in anisotropic heterogeneous environment. Application to seismic imaging.”


  • 3rd prize: Veronica-Diana Hagi, University Ovidius de Constanta (Romania): “Linguistic biography, a multivalent didactic tool.


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Publié le : 17/10/2018 à 12:13
Mis à jour le : 17/10/2018 à 12:15