Florence Metz wins the Science "Dance your Ph.D. Award 2015"

Florence Metz from the Institute of Policy Sciences at Bern University wins the Science "Dance your Ph.D. Award 2015" with a contribution about water protection policy.

Dance your PH.D. Florence Metz

When Florence Metz turned in her Ph.D. thesis on water protection policy this year at the University of Bern in Switzerland, she thought her work was done. But then a friend sent her an email with congratulations and an order: "Dance your Ph.D.!"

The friend was referring to Science's annual contest, which challenges scientists to explain their research through interpretive dance. But Metz only had 3 weeks to go before the deadline. "Everything had to go fast," she says, so she recruited a small army of friends to help her create a dance video that combines hip hop, salsa, and even acro-yoga. Each dance style represented a different interest group that shapes the evolution of policies around water resources.

Dance Your PhD 2015 - Florence Metz

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