Tallinn University of Technology

On the evening of Friday, February 11, five laureates of the "Science in 3 Minutes" lecture competition for young researchers were announced, including Robert Krautmann, a PhD student and junior researcher at the Department of Materials and Environmental Technology of Tallinn University of Technology.

Robert Krautmann Teadus 3 minutiga
Robert Krautmann, PhD student of TalTech (photo: Aavo Kaine/ Estonian Academy of Sciences)

In addition to the overall victory, Robert Krautmann also won the title of Editors’ Favourite of the science news portal Novaator.

Robert won the competition with a video lecture on the possible use of solar cells, i.e. how, in the IoT of the future, remotely operated wireless smart sensors can use thin-film solar cells as a power source for long-term data monitoring. These cells are currently being developed at Tallinn University of Technology. During his studies in solar energy, Robert has furthered his education in sunny Singapore and in industrial Germany. 

Leenu Reinsalu, representing the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, also a PhD student at Tallinn University of Technology, was among the top five as well.

Robert Krautmann’s lecture to be televised soon

In March, video clips of the winners' lectures will be produced. They will be shown on ETV's Terevisioon and in the science portal Novaator in April and May. In the latter, viewers can choose their favorite. 

The laureates of 2022 were selected from 17 finalists. In addition to Robert Krautmann and Leenu Reinsalu, the top five were Karin Bachmann (Estonian Academy of Arts), Jasper Ristkok (University of Tartu) and Alina Roštšinskaja (University of Tartu).

All the finalists can be seen on the website of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. The broadcast of the final gala of the "Science in 3 Minutes" lecture competition is available to everyone HERE

The cooperation partner of the competition is Estonian Public Broadcasting. The competition is funded by the EU Regional Development Fund from the Estonian Research Council's TeaMe+ programme.