Tuesday 7th of June from 5.00-6.30 pm: 9 VUB PhD candidates compete in the finals of the yearly pitch contest

The word is out! After three hybrid preselection sessions, 9 PhD candidates made it to the Doctoral Derby finals! These 9 researchers will compete for the jury & audience vote! The finals will take place on Tuesday June 7th from 5 to 6.30 pm at the beautiful library Muntpunt, in the heart of Brussels. Follow everything here and vote for your favorite candidate!

Follow the live stream here on the 7th of June from 5pm

What is the Doctoral Derby?

The Doctoral Derby, our yearly 3-minute pitch contest for PhD candidates and postdocs, is all about science communication. Over the course of three months, the contenders learn to explain their research in a simple and effective way. Firstly, by writing a compelling summary of their research and, secondly, by presenting it in front of a physical audience, all with a general public of non-experts in mind.
Every step in the competition comes with a training. The nine finalists, three of each Doctoral School, get the chance to record a professionally edited video of their research pitch in collaboration with Science Figured Out. The public vote winner and jury winner of the Doctoral Derby both receive a working credit of 500 euro.

About the finalists

Below, we listed all nine finalists. Three from each doctoral school. Cannot wait to find out what their research is about? Click here to read their research summaries, or click on their names to see the files below.
Click here to see pictures from the last physical edition of what was previously called the VUB PhD Cup.