The National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Francophone University Agency (AUF) in the Middle East, in collaboration with the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the National Observatory for Women in Research, also known as “Dawrek'n”, organized the 3rd version of “My dissertation in 180 seconds” at the Lebanese National Library on June 27, 2019.
Twelve PhD students were selected from 18 candidates in various scientific and literature fields from the Lebanese University and other private universities to present their scientific research projects in a simple and attractive manner in French, and within three minutes, before a large and non-specialized audience.
The Lebanese University won the second and third prizes, while the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut came first.
The second prize was awarded to Melissa Hachem, winner of the public award, for her dissertation, which is a cotutelle between the Lebanese University - Doctoral School of Science and Technology (DEST) and the University of Paris-Descartes (2nd year - Public Health). Melissa treated the subject of how “taxi drivers are exposed to pollutants in their cars and the impact thereof on their respiratory health".
Nadine Zahreddine, a student at the Lebanese University - Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities & Social Sciences (DSLHSS), (4th year – Fine Arts), won the third prize. Nadine examined in her dissertation the complementary dialectic of Minimal Art and Donald Judd's design and architecture.
The jury of the competition included Mr. Hervé Sabourin, Regional Director of AUF in the Middle East, Dr. Tamara Elzein, Head of the National Observatory for Women in Research, Mr. Laurent Drapeau, IRD representative in Lebanon, and the journalist Nanette Ziade.
The Lebanese University team included Melissa Hachem, Ninette Kamel, Giselle Msenn, Eliane Saade, Richard Sadaka, Mejduline Chit and Nadine Zahreddine.