Doctoral Candidate in Materials Engineering Mahdi Moghaddam won the Three Minute Thesis competition of the University of Turku. Moghaddam will represent the University of Turku in the Coimbra Group’s international 3MT competition of European universities and the international 3MT competition of the SANORD network.
In the 3MT competition of the University of Turku, Mahdi Moghaddam gave a presentation in three minutes on his research which aims at finding solutions for better storage of solar energy with the help of battery technology. According to Moghaddam, the ultimate objective of the research is to slow down the climate change caused by humans.
– I’m very happy. I couldn’t have foreseen this result, as all the presentations were great, commented Moghaddam on his win after the announcement of the results, thanking the jury.
Doctoral Candidate Zahra Jahanshah Rad from the Department of Physics and Astronomy took second place in the competition with a presentation of her research on increasing working lifetime and efficiency of electronic and photovoltaic devices. The audience voted the presentation of Doctoral Candidate Anne Abio from the Department of Clinical Medicine as their favourite, the topic of which was research on external causes of mortality in Seychelles.
– The presentations were very high-calibre this year, and it was difficult to reach a decision. When making the decision, we paid attention to for example the clarity and impact of the presentation, the clearness of the language, and the enthusiasm of the speaker. Mahdi Moghaddam has also participated in the competition before, so this also serves to show that it is worthwhile to participate again. Warm congratulations to the winners, said one of the three members of the jury, Director of the Centre for Language and Communication Studies Mike Nelson.
The 3MT competition finals of the University of Turku were participated by seven doctoral candidates. In addition to Nelson, the jury consisted of Vice Rector Piia Björn and Professor of Natural Compound Chemistry Juha-Pekka Salminen.
The competition is carried out jointly by the University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, and University Communications.