Explaining in three minutes what your research is about, that’s what is expected from the finalists in the VUB PhD Cup on the 27th of May 2019. To win the 500 euro award, the candidates need to translate their research into a short message that enthuses and can be understood by a wide audience. To get into the finals, the finalists had to struggle through pre-selections in April. Eventually 9 young researchers made it to the finals. Like in a real talent show, both an expert jury and the audience had to vote for the best presentations. According to them, it was a though choice as the bar was already pretty high!

Joeri Lambrecht (chosen by the jury) and Nathaniel Berneman (chosen by the audience) are the winners of the second VUB PhD Cup!

The second VUB PhD Cup took place at Muntpunt Brussels on the 27th of May.  The jury voted for Joeri Lambrecht with his presentation of ‘A novel method for pain-free diagnosis of early-stage liver fibrosis’, while the audience was totally convinced about the story of the naked vacuum cleaner as a start for the presentation about ‘Creating highly-ordered structures from microspheres, using vacuum-driven assembly and nanometer-precision deposition’, brought by Nathaniel Berneman.

The report can be read at VUB Today, while all pictures can be found here: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/pictures-videos#picture-gallery.