Dance your dissertation

| December 14, 2016

Science Magazine’s annual “Dance Your Dissertation” contest challenges PhD’s writing science dissertations to explain their topic through an interpretive dance. The competition has been going on for several years now and has resulted in some very entertaining dances.

And the 2016 winner is…

The winning dance in 2016 was based on Jacob Bruberts dissertation entitled A novel polymeric prosthetic heart valve: design, manufacture, and testing from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, UK.

Here is the 2015 winners

The thesis behind this year’s winning video “deals with the question of how to achieve effective water protection policies.In order to design innovative water policies, the concerted action by diverse parts of society, economy, and politics is necessary.
In the video, several dancing styles (hip hop, house, salsa, acrobatics) stand for diverse political groups, which fight over the use and the protection of water resources”.

Florence Metz is a student at Switzerland’s University of Bern her 2015 entry beat out 31 other doctoral theses.

2014 Winner 

When she wasn’t out in the forest gathering data for her Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of Georgia at Athens, Uma Nagendra spent a good deal of her time hanging upside down from a trapeze doing circus aerials. To combine the two halves of her life, she teamed up with her fellow aerialists to create the mid-air dance based on her scientific research – and won the 2014 Dance Your Ph.D. competition!

The top prize for the 2013 “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest went to Cedric Tan, a biologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who finished his Ph.D. with a thesis titled Sperm competition between brothers and female choice.