The Vlaamse PhD Cup is a competition in which scientists pitch their completed PhD research in just three minutes. From 60 recently-graduated candidates, a selection of 16 scientists was made. Those lucky researchers followed a 4-day mediatraining by The Floor is Yours, FishGrowFeet, Koen Wauters (VRT NWS), Gina Peeters (Geena Lisa), Bernadette Timmermans, and Riadh Bahri (VRT NWS). In the semi finals, 8 finalists were selected by a 5-member jury of communication experts. Those 8 scicomm-enthusiasts pitched their research on stage in the AMUZ in Antwerp, Belgium. Another 5-member jury then got to decide who won the PhD Cup. The entire finals can be rewatched here here. Hannes’ 3-minute pitch can be watched here:
Moreover, the finalists also recorded a 90-second video for an audience award. Hannes’ 90-second video can be watched here:
The Vlaamse PhD Cup is organized by SciMingo, with media partners Radio 1, EOS, and VRT Taal. Moreover, it is sponsored by partners such as FWO, imec, and Vlerick Business School. The golden trophy and audience award was won by Eline Lievens (from UGent), the silver trophy by Emilie Cardon (from UAntwerp), and the bronze trophy by Hannes Mareen (IDlab-MEDIA, UGent - imec). Congratulations to the three of them!
Hannes Mareen won the bronze microphone-trophy. Photos by Kevin Faingnaert.
The day after the PhD Cup finals, Hannes and Emilie also featured in an interview in ‘Nieuwe Feiten’ on Radio 1. Their interviews (in Dutch) can be heard again here.
Cartoonist Arnulf also made a cartoon of all finalists’ pitches. Hannes’ cartoon: Cartoon about Hannes’ pirate-catching research by Arnulf. “The reviewers have arrived…”
Hannes graduated as PhD in March 2021. His thesis is titled “Pirates of the Film Industry: The Curse of the Forensic Watermark” and explores video watermarking. His work was funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) and supported by IDLab, Ghent University - imec. Last year, Hannes also won a prize for his #ThesisThread.