Meknes – Moroccan Doctor Abdelkader Mehzoum was awarded third prize at the international competition ‘My Thesis in 180 Seconds’ on Thursday, at Sorbonne University in France.The promising doctor took the stage to deliver his thesis in a mere 180 seconds. He explained his research about impact of moths on ‘Cydia Pomone’, a type of apple exists only in the region of Fez.Abdelkader managed to mesmerize the judges and audience with his passionate and humorous presentation. “Three apples have changed the world, the apple of Newton, the apple of German fairy tale ‘Snow White’, Steve Jobs’ Apple, and my apple might change it too.” Abdelkader said. Mathematician Cédric Villani chaired the panel of judges. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the Moroccan-born French Minister of Higher Education attended the event.Abdelkader competed among sixteen PhD students from eight Francophone countries, including two other researchers from Morocco: Leila Drissi Kaitouni from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University of Fez and Ivorian Assoman Kouakou from Sultan Moulay Slimane University of Beni Mellal.Morocco’s finalists were selected after a national audition conducted by the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) was held in June, in Rabat.Belgian mathematician Adrien Deliége was awarded first prize for research on time climate series of analysis based wavelets.This was the second time the event was held, and the first time in France. It was jointly organized by the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the Conference of University Presidents (CPU).