Physics competition sees entrants communicate scientific principles and research through poetry, music and dance

Posted by ap507 at Nov 24, 2014 11:00 AM |
3-Minute Wonder competition challenges young physicists to make their work more accessible

Cutting vehicle pollution, solar storms and a poem about the fabled Higgs boson were just three of the themes presented by physicists at a science competition held at the University on Thursday 20 November.

Organised in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP), PhD graduates and sixth formers were invited to present their work to a panel of judges in an event called 3-Minute Wonder.

The brief was to communicate their chosen topic, or field of research, in a clear and concise way – and in no more than three minutes - with the winner receiving £250.

24-year-old University of Leicester PhD Physics and Astronomy student Maria-Theresia Walach, who was awarded joint-first place among graduates working in their chosen field, analysed the Sun's activity to understand the impact that solar storms have on the Earth's magnetic field.

She said: “It was really exciting to take part, because the atmosphere is so supportive, even though it's a competition.

 “It was a good exercise for me, because I generally talk too much and I could spend hours talking about my research!

 “I didn't expect to win, especially when I saw the competition, so that was a really nice surprise to top off a really fun evening.”