NARILIS PhD student Joëlle Giroud awarded the public’s prize at the Belgian final of “Ma thèse en 180 secondes”

On the 10th of June 2022, fifteen PhD students from the French-speaking universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation competed in the final of “Ma thèse en 180 secondes” on the stage of the Delta in Namur. The challenge: to present, in just 180 seconds, the doctoral research in a simple and straightforward manner, with the support of one single slide! It is thus an exercise in popularizing the thesis so that it is understandable for everyone.

The jury nominated Alice Collignon, PhD student at ULiège, as the winner of the 2022 edition. She will represent Belgium at the international final on the 6th of October 2022 in Montreal.

Moreover, the audience was also invited to vote for their favorite candidate. It is Joëlle Giroud who captured the public’s attention with her speech “Vieillir peut-il attendre?”. Joëlle is enrolled in a joint PhD at the University of Namur (Dr. Florence Chainiaux) and the University of Lille (Dr. Olivier Pluquet). Her research aims at studying the molecular mechanisms involved in skin ageing and to identify new targets with senolytic or senomorphic properties. She focuses in particular on the ATF6α pathway and its effectors as potential targets to limit cellular senescence and skin ageing.

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