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Published on 30.09.13

CRANN's Thesis in 3

Alan Ryan with judge Maria Delany

Congratulations to all CRANN, AMBER, TCIN and CNGL students who took part in the Thesis in 3 event on the evening of Friday 27th in the Science Gallery Café.

This year Thesis in 3 was run in conjunction with European Researchers’ Night, an annual event to raise public awareness of researchers and research careers across Europe. The aim of this night is to give the public, in particular young people, the opportunity to meet researchers within the context of interactive activities and hands-on demonstrations that highlight the appeal of pursuing a career in research.

Over 80 people packed into the Science Gallery Café on the night to hear 22 students describe their PhD research in just 3 slides, and 3 minutes. The format of the competition is designed to be rapid paced and concise- to give a flavour of the research without getting too technical or detailed. Topics on the night ranged from making energy efficient fuel cells, mending broken hearts and innovative, more efficient translation technologies.

Special congratulations goes to the three winners on the night and to the students who will go forward to represent their research institute in the national Thesis in 3 final. This will be held in Smock Alley theatre on the 30th of October at 7pm.

Winners on the night:

  • 3rd place  -  Christopher Davitt, supervisor Dr. Ed Lavelle, CRANN, with his talk titled “Oral Vaccines; Keeping it SmPill".
  • 2nd place -  Alan Ryan, supervisor Prof Fergal O'Brien, AMBER, with his talk titled “Growing blood vessels: Not just a pipe dream?".
  • 1st place  -  Kevin Koidl, supervisor Dr Owen Conlan, CNGL, with his talk titled “The Wripl Effect".

In addition, Linda Mitchell will represent CNGL at the final with her talk titled "Feels So MT without me". The final is a free event that is open to the public so come along and support the researchers on the night of the 30th.


Researcher Night 2013 was staged across the campus of Trinity College, as well as inside and outside the RIA on Dawson Street, along with outdoor projections on buildings around the centre of Dublin. Discover Research Dublin is financed by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research under the Marie Curie People Programme.

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