Technology Directorate supports record-breaking HLS PGR Poster Day

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(L-R) Marinus Verwijs, Stephen Duffield, Duncan Robertson, Bethan John

On 27th March, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences hosted the 2019 Postgraduate Research Poster Day. The Poster Day is an opportunity for PGR students to submit their work for scrutiny and to gain critical judgement from the Life Sciences’ community.

The teaser talks showcased the impressive breadth of research within the Faculty and demonstrated the enthusiasm our students have for this work. 

It also provides a valuable occasion to network outside of their institute. This year more than 160 people registered a poster - a record number for the event - and the day also included talks regarding the work of the Technology Directorate (TD) and the Careers Studio.

Another milestone for this year’s event was a Teaser Talk competition, sponsored by the TD, which gave ten lucky candidates the chance to present a 90-second talk about their poster. The talks were given in front of a large audience of fellow PGR students and were assessed by a judging panel consisting of Academic and Professional Services staff from within the Faculty.

Ben Mollitt, Technology Directorate Business Manager and one of the lay members of the judging panel, said: “Being able to deliver an elevator pitch is an essential life-skill for our students, it’s vital for them to be able to express their ideas succinctly and in an appropriate format for their audience.

While I’ve worked at the University for a number of years, I have no background in research science so it was really important for the students to be able to translate their work effectively in a very short amount of time and in a way that was understandable to a lay person like me. It’s no easy task but they all did a great job.”

To raise the stakes, prizes in the form of Amazon vouchers were awarded to the candidates deemed by the judges to have delivered the best talks:

1st Prize – Bethan John: Can liver fluke cysts survive in silage?

Runner up - Marinus Verwijs: Vaginal probiotic adherence and acceptability in Rwandan women

Runner up – Stephen Duffield: Multimorbidity and health-related job loss among older working-age adults

The teaser talks showcased the impressive breadth of research within the Faculty and demonstrated the enthusiasm our students have for this work. There were talks ranging from ‘Improving disease classification in electronic health records’ through to “Analysing the expression profile of Hirschsprung’s bowel using the qPCR’.

The PGR Poster Day is always a highlight of the year and we are already eagerly anticipating the next.