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Last week, 12 PhD candidates competed in UvA's first 3MT® pitch competition ever and were challenged to convey their PhD research to a lay audience through a three-minute video.

During this grand finale, all videos were shown again, followed by an interesting panel discussion in which the researchers were questioned about the creation of their pitches.

The winner

In the end an independent jury, consisting of Jan Lintsen (Executive Board UvA), Henriëtte van Oosterzee (Head of Communication UvA) and Jim Jansen (Editor in Chief of New Scientist) decided that Yoni Schirris - first year researcher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science - will continue to compete in the international 3MT® competition. He enthused the jury with his pitch on Artificial Intelligence and how it can be used to take the next step in immunotherapy to cure cancer.

It is possible to vote for Yoni from Monday 20 September to 4 October! The winner will be announced after this date.

We are proud that FdR researcher, Malouke Kuiper and Rukayyah Reichling of the FGW were the runners-up. If you couldn't be there (digitally), but you're still curious about all the pitches: pleas check them out here.