9 April 2019

Master’s student Michael Musandu wins Breaking Science 2019

Scientist Michael Musandu has won the annual pitch competition Breaking Science of Utrecht University. On Monday 8th April, the Master’s student of the Master’s programme Artificial Intelligence best explained his research to the layman.

Photo: Thijs Rooimans

The nine finalists of Breaking Science were asked to explain their research and passion for science to a lay audience... in just three minutes. No PowerPoint slides were allowed, however props were allowed so long they could be carried on stage by the participant.

The past few weeks family, friends, colleagues and visitors of Café Hofman already got a glimpse of the fascinating world of our scientists. In total 33 scientists participated in Breaking Science 2019 and took the stage. The jury, which consisted of a science journalist and a scientist, judged the pitches based on three criteria: content, clarity and charisma.

During the final the jury selected, by unanimous vote, the youngest performing contestant Michael Musandu as the winner of Breaking Science. 'Michael brings energy, humor and real science to the stage. A convincing story from which his personal passion and enthusiasm shines', according to the jury. Michael won € 1500, - which he can spend on a conference or summer school of his choice.

Michael Musandu's winning pitch