Science communication is a critical aspect of our academic lives. A PhD student spends long hours working on exciting problems, double-checking each result, designing beautiful illustrations, and carefully parsing each sentence to produce a PhD thesis. But have you–the PhD student–ever stepped back from this nitty-gritty to introspect about how the public perceives your work? Do you find it challenging to explain your research to friends and family? Let us make it even more challenging: Can you explain your research to a general audience in three minutes using a video? Note that the attention span of people you talk to might not be more than three minutes unless they are intent on knowing what research you are doing. So, you need to catch everybody’s attention in just three minutes.
With this in mind, Prof. Namrata Gundiah conducted a Three-Minute-Video (TMV fo short) competition during the lockdown when all our students were home. The students were given about two weeks to prepare TMVs. The top prize for this competition was Rs. 5,000 (1st place), Rs. 3,000 (2nd place) and Rs. 2,000 for the people’s choice award.
Here are the winners of the first TMV event held virtually on May 26th, 2020.