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Three minutes, thesis, support page: a popular scholarly format now known which consists in presenting your thesis to a non-novice audience in the most accessible manner possible. Through “My Message in 3 Minutes”, Orange presents this speech competition to the doctoral student community. At stake: 3 awards awarded by the jury and 1 overall award, a ” learning journey “On the land of innovations, its destination is still secret.

Organizing the competition

The call for applications began in June, and the initial selection of ten candidates was made on July 18 by a panel that combines research, appeal, and outreach. It was aimed at all PhD students working in Orange from 2e and 3e Years. To apply, they had to complete a scientific report and make a two-minute video where they introduce themselves and explain their thesis problem. Once selected, during the month of September, candidates will benefit from the full support of public speaking, particularly training in public speaking, rhetoric, but also for the organization and dissemination of written messages.

For PhD students, the benefits of this support will be multiple and will enhance their work. In addition, they will receive advice on “behaving” and getting used to using social networks. So they will be ready for the final stadium battle It was organized on October 19 as part of the Research and Innovation Exhibition, the final of which will take place in front of the public and a jury made up of academics, journalists and collaborators, which will be chaired by Jean Bulot, Director of Research at Orange.

Benefits for researchers but also for Orange

For the Orange group, this competition will be an opportunity to highlight it light their experts, to better understand their professions and their field of research. This event also aims to attract talent and introduce them to the work environment in which they can develop.

Publication of the Orange PhD program is also a way to promote this course and show that the group is living up to international standards, particularly Anglo-Saxon, which is important to an international company like Orange.

For these PhD students, this competition is a great way to promote their scientific research to as many people as possible. Rhetoric is increasingly being updated because it is important in research to work on both form and content. There was already a similar exercise for a few years during days dedicated to PhD students. It has now taken on another dimension by integrating it into the Research and Innovation Fair organized by Orange to promote key activities as well as the researchers and innovators who design them.

Search, a powerful component of the group

Orange is a major player in digital innovation, with a strong vision, research and innovation activity supported by 8000 people. In 2021, the group continued its efforts with issue Research and innovation with 620 million euros. Orange research is historically part of DNA. It aims to improve the daily lives of all and respond to major societal challenges.

Orange group is 1Verse Patent registration among European operators, in its fields of activity, including an average of 200 new patented inventions each year

Today, the group employs 720 people, including 120 doctoral and post-doctoral students with diverse skills who work in research in France and abroad. This is more fundamental now with the question of sovereignty becoming more and more strategic. Having researchers within it means understanding and controlling the technology and thus participating in the standardization work on the standards that will be deployed tomorrow in our networks and services.

In terms of patents, intellectual property is one of the results of their research work, and the Orange group is the firstVerse Patent registration among European operators in its fields of activity, including an average of 200 new patented inventions each year.

How many PhD students are hosted at Orange and what subjects do they work in?

Orange welcomes about one hundred PhD students and just over thirty post-doctoral researchers. They are working on the future of communications by researching in different areas such as improving 5G using artificial intelligence, preparing 6G in the future, or even video encoding as we have been able to do with MPEG-4 Or more recently HEVC, but also in the social sciences about the future of digital uses.

Long-term cooperation too

In general, half of the people the group hires for research each year have written a thesis at Orange. Because they know how it works, they have shown all their talents and above all offer high level profiles with strong and new skills in strategic topics like cyber or quantum security for example. It really is an investment in the future!

So, see you in September to discover our 10 selected PhD students!

The article was produced in partnership with Orange

What to remember

  • Next steps for the Orange competition for PhD students:
  • September: Presentation of the shortlisted nominees and call to vote for the People’s Prize;
  • October 19: During the Research and Innovation Fair, stadium battle Giving prizes.

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