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PhD research showcased at Hutton annual postgraduate event

Winners of the 2018 Hutton Postgraduate Student event with panel members
"This event broadens awareness and knowledge of the varied projects undertaken at the Institute and is an opportunity to celebrate the work of students and their supervisors"

The Annual Postgraduate Student Event, which showcases the excellent science being undertaken by postgraduate students at the James Hutton Institute, took place at the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Birnam on Thursday 8th March and Friday 9th March 2018, featuring a keynote lecture by Professor Ian Boyd, DEFRA Chief Scientific Advisor.

This event provides a valuable learning experience for Hutton students in communicating their work to the wider scientific community and promotes a collegiate atmosphere. It broadens awareness and knowledge of the varied projects undertaken at the Institute and is an opportunity to celebrate the work of students and their supervisors.

The event identifies four students to be carried forward to the SEFARI event and "Science for Life Lecture”. These students are identified from the oral presentation winners. Two students are selected from the oral session and two from the Academic Dragons Den Session.

The event consisted of sessions that required different styles of communication to reflect the different stages of a PhD studentship:

  • Poster session – 1st year students
  • Oral session – 2nd year students
  • Academic Dragons Den – a session devoted to short oral presentations from 3rd / 4th year students

The students had to impress a panel of judges consisting of James Curran, Chair of the Institute's Board of Directors, Bill Slee of the Macaulay Development Trust, Jonathan Snape of James Hutton Limited, Lesley Torrance, Deb Roberts and Helaina Black, all from the James Hutton Institute. Oral and presentation skills were assessed on presentation skills, the quality of data interpretation and handling of questions and the prizes were awarded as follows:

Poster Session

  • MDT Sprent Prize: Aurélia Bézanger; “Raspberry Root Rot: Investigation on the Story Behind the Infection”
  • James Hutton Limited Prize: Irma Arts; “Mediating Nature: Experiencing the World Through Digital Technology”

Oral Session

  • Chief Executive Prize: Lucy Sam; “Does Time Pressure Influence What You Eat?”
  • The James Hutton Institute Prize: Adeline Sourdille; “Could Manipulating DNA-Methylation Help Relocate Meiotic Recombination in Barley (Hordeum vulgare)?
  • James Hutton Limited Innovation Prize: Jennifer Wardle; “The Potential of Household-Scale Dry Anaerobic Digestion in the Halaba Region of Ethiopia”

Academic Dragons Den Session

  • MDT Sprent Prize: Senga Robertson; “Give Your Soil Some Culture Today”
  • Mylnefield Trust Impact Pitch Prize: Loïc De Carvalho;  “Laminaria hyperborea, a Seaweed with Potential for New High Value Products”.

Professor Ian Boyd, St Andrews University and DEFRA Chief Scientific Advisor, offered a keynote presentation giving insight into his role of advising and informing government and outlined grand scientific challenges facing our natural environment, food and farming industries. 

The event also featured a talk by James Hutton Institute alumnus Dr Caroline von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, who highlighted the importance of her PhD and the transferable skills she learned that has allowed her to progress in her career.

More information from: 

Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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