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The QSF Quarterly

January 2020

The Quadram Student Forum (QSF) Quarterly Newsletter aims to celebrate the achievements and events involving the array of dedicated students within the institute.
In this first edition of the QSF Quarterly, we hope to give a glimpse of student life within the Quadram Institute Biosciences.

Hello to the 2019 Student Cohort!

Welcome to the new 2019 cohort of students at Quadram Institute Biosciences (QIB). Excitingly, this is the first cohort in the new building (lucky…)! And with the sea of new students, we welcome new partnerships and collaborations, new ideas, and new contributions to the scientific community.

Massive congratulations to all the PhD students that submitted their thesis and have passed their viva! No doubt the new cohort will be handing in theirs before they realise it!

Amongst all our hard work, it is also important for the opportunity to reflect and appreciate our experiences with peers.
As is tradition, the new PhD students were welcomed into the institute with a classic social; bowling followed by dinner at Norwich hotspot, the Giggling Squid. Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to our next mingling opportunity!

…and hello to the new QSF team 2019-2020!

Along with the cohort of students comes the new committee for QSF. In October we welcomed Luke Acton (chair), Nancy Teng (vice chair), Barbora Němečková (training officer), Alp Aydin (events officer), Wouter van Bakel (treasurer) and Bushra Abu-Helil (engagement officer).

We hope to continue delivering social, networking and training opportunities to all students at QIB, as well as support any student needs.

We said goodbye to QSF 2018-19 with a handover meal at Haggle for some experienced words of wisdom. A massive thank-you to Hannah Pye (chair), Gemma Beasy (vice chair), Katherine Seton (training officer), Emad Shehata (events officer), Yemane Tedros (treasurer and secretary) and Anna Issacs (engagement officer) for their dedication to the committee and student body within QIB.

Thank you to all who participated in the QIB Student Welfare Survey, which was devised and circulated by the QSF as one of our initial actions.
We have also been representing the QIB students through attendance of Norwich Research Park ‘All Student Meetings’. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

QSF Christmas Party

An excellent turn out for the QSF Christmas Party.

Hosted at The Dog House, in the private Kennel bar, students enjoyed festive snacks, songs and a stealing Santa!

Student Events and Achievements

SweetCrossTalks

From Nathalie Juge’s group, Wouter van Bakel presented “Defining the molecular mechanisms underpinning host O-glycan recognition by gut bacteria” and Victor Laplanche presented “Deciphering the intimate relationship between mucin glycosylation and Ruminococcus gnavus gut bacteria” at the First SweetCrosstalk ITN meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

International Conference Involvement

Congratulations to all the students who presented posters and provided talks on their work at international conferences;

Emad Shehata and Jenna Helleur from Paul Kroon’s group attending the EIT Food Pre-Incubation Bootcamp in San Francisco, California and the EIT Food Finale in Lisbon, Portugal.

Erika Coletto, Yemane Tedros and Dimitra Lamprinaki from Nathalie Juge’s presented posters and gave talks at the 30th Joint Glycobiology Meeting in Lille, France.

Ariadna Miquel Clopes from Simon Carding’s group was invited to speak at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust and the Kilifi Rotary Club whilst in Kenya.

Placement Participation

Students within the Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Program (NRPDTP) have the opportunity to attend a placement to further develop our abilities and scientific applications.

Jacob Scadden from Arjan Narbad’s group and Ariadna Miquel Clopes from Simon Carding’s arranged a 3-month excursion to Pwani University in Kenya organising Good Research Practice and Health Communication Workshops, culminating in a Science Student Symposium where students presented their projects in a conference-style environment.

Public Engagement

Residential 3-day entrepreneurial workshop and competition, YES19, hosted by University of Nottingham.

Hannah Pye, Trey Koev, Jasmine Percival and Anna Isaacs developed a hypothetical, but plausible, scientific business idea which was pitched to a panel of industry judges.  The competition runs every year and registration of interest is currently being taken for YES20.

The Norwich Science Festival occurred in October over half-term.

The city-wide event involved multiple local institutes, including the Quadram Institute Biosciences. Many of the QIB students, eager to share their passion with the public, volunteered in exhibits for an assortment of individuals during the course of the week.

Women of the Future is a unique event designed to inspire the next generation of female STEMM professionals.

Current female students of QIB inspired young women from across Norfolk and Suffolk with their experiences as scientists. Sharing our passion, imparting our wisdom and supporting the next generation of STEMM professionals.

Student Seminars

Asking and answering questions following a seminar is an important scientific skill, as well as giving the presentation itself! Student Seminars organised by the QSF Training Officer provides the opportunity to practise talks and engage with your peers in an informal setting.

Thank you to everyone that presented;
October Hannah Pye from the Kingsley group presented a talk entitled “Evaluation of Stress Response in Salmonella”
December Jasmine Percival from the Kroon group presented about “Anthocyanin Metabolism”
Janurary Ebenezer Foster-Nyarko from the Pallen group gave a talk titled “Genomic diversity of Escherichia coli isolates from non-human primates in the Gambia, West Africa”

The next student seminar will be by final year PhD student and SciComms specialist, Sophie Prosolek, titled “Twitter for Scientists: Getting The Most Out Of Your Social Network”.
This will be an interactive session so bring along your mobiles and laptops!

In addition to the student seminars, we are grateful to all those who attended student lunches with Quadram guest speakers.
If you would like to request presenting at a Student Seminar, or have a guest speaker request, contact the QSF Training Officer, Barbora Němečková.

Student Publications

Leggett, R.M., Alcon-Giner, C., Heavens, D., Caim, S., Brook, T.C., Kujawska, M., Martin, S., Peel, N., Acford-Palmer, H., Hoyles, L. and Clarke, P., 2019. Rapid MinION profiling of preterm microbiota and antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. Nature Microbiology, pp.1-13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0626-z

Aboufarrag, H.T., Needs, P.W., Rimbach, G. and Kroon, P.A., 2019. The Effects of Anthocyanins and Their Microbial Metabolites on the Expression and Enzyme Activities of Paraoxonase 1, an Important Marker of HDL Function. Nutrients, 11(12), p.2872. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11122872

Lawson, M.A., O’Neill, I.J., Kujawska, M., Javvadi, S.G., Wijeyesekera, A., Flegg, Z., Chalklen, L. and Hall, L.J., 2019. Breast milk-derived human milk oligosaccharides promote Bifidobacterium interactions within a single ecosystem. The ISME journal, pp.1-14. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0553-2

McKee, A.M., Hall, L.J. and Robinson, S.D., 2019. The microbiota, antibiotics and breast cancer. Future Medicines, 8(3). DOI: https://doi.org/10.2217/bmt-2019-0015

Ravi, A., Halstead, F.D., Bamford, A., Casey, A., Thomson, N.M., Van Schaik, W., Snelson, C., Goulden, R., Foster-Nyarko, E., Savva, G.M. and Whitehouse, T., 2019. Loss of microbial diversity and pathogen domination of the gut microbiota in critically ill patients. Microbial genomics, 5(9). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1099/mgen.0.000293

Chambers, K.F., Day, P.E., Aboufarrag, H.T. and Kroon, P.A., 2019. Polyphenol Effects on Cholesterol Metabolism via Bile Acid Biosynthesis, CYP7A1: A Review. Nutrients, 11(11), p.2588. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11112588

Coode‐Bate, J., Sivapalan, T., Melchini, A., Saha, S., Needs, P.W., Dainty, J.R., Maicha, J.B., Beasy, G., Traka, M.H., Mills, R.D. and Ball, R.Y., 2019. Accumulation of Dietary S‐Methyl Cysteine Sulfoxide in Human Prostate Tissue. Molecular nutrition & food research, 63(20), p.1900461. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1002/mnfr.201900461

Livingstone, T.L., Beasy, G., Mills, R.D., Plumb, J., Needs, P.W., Mithen, R. and Traka, M.H., 2019. Plant Bioactives and the Prevention of Prostate Cancer: Evidence from Human Studies. Nutrients, 11(9), p.2245. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11092245

Coming Up in 2020…

Upcoming Away Day
Another social event will be organised before Spring. Available to all QIB students, this event will permit you to interact across the cohorts.

Knowledge Exchange Trip 2020
Every year, QIB students are presented with the prospect of exchanging their knowledge with other relevant institutes on a short residential trip.
Previous excursions have been to Munich, Wageningen, Dublin, Berlin and Parma.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
Get in Touch with any Suggestions or Student Celebrations student.forum@quadram.ac.uk

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QSF Handover Meal

QSF Handover Meal was held at Mambo Jambo Norwich as a thanks to the leaving committee for all their hard work and welcoming the new committee members.
The highlights included Nachos, Enchiladas and flowing conversation.

QSF Handover Meal was held at Mambo Jambo Norwich as a thanks to the leaving committee for all their hard work and welcoming the new committee members.
The highlights included Nachos, Enchiladas and flowing conversation.

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Students descend on Dublin for the ISF Knowledge exchange 2016!

Here at the IFR, the student forum realizes that internationalism is an important part of each students’ personal and professional development. For this reason the ISF funds a yearly student knowledge exchange during which students are given the opportunity to present their work at an international location; this year, that location was Dublin, Ireland.

IFR students visited University College Dublin as part of the Student Knowledge Exchange

IFR students visited University College Dublin as part of the Student Knowledge Exchange. 

The exchange ran over the course of two full days and was split between three of Ireland’s most renowned academic establishments; Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and the pub.

On the first day, students were welcomed by Professor of Translational Immunology, Padraic Fallon of Trinity College.  Professor Fallon introduced the students to all the members of his team, including the parasitic helminth larvae which are the focus of much of his work – it’s safe to say no-one got too close!

On the second day, the students visited University College Dublin where they met with Professor of nutrigenomics Helen Roche, Professor of food safety Seamus Fanning, Professor of food science Niamh Harbourne and Professor or metabolomics, Lorraine Brennan. All groups were extremely welcoming, with presentations delivered from their respective PhD students and post-docs over coffee and a catered lunch. “It went really well; it was like a small conference” reports ISF Events Officer and knowledge exchange attendee Britt Blokker, who was principle organiser of the trip.

As well as learning about the research interests of the host groups, each IFR student gave an oral presentation at one of the two locations depending on their field of research. “Everyone gave really good talks and I think some nice collaboration will come out of the trip” says ISF Chair and trip attendee Sophie Prosolek “some students have already been invited back to Ireland with their research group to set the wheels in motion!”

Temple bar, located in Dublin's cultural quarter is a hotspot for tourist attractions

Temple bar, located in Dublin’s cultural quarter is a hotspot for tourist attractions

After a long and tiring day of presentations, the students experienced part of the Irish culture first-hand by participating in a ‘Musical Pub Tour’. Over a pint (or two) of Guinness, the students learned about Irish culture from folk artists who taught their audience about the country’s history through traditional Irish music and dance.

The knowledge exchange drew to its conclusion and the students returned to Norwich feeling exhausted, but with a non-the –less invigorated enthusiasm for their research and a strengthened sense of student community. The ISF hope that a similar knowledge exchange will be run in 2017.

 

The academic profiles of all groups the knowledge exchange visited can be found by following the links below:

https://www.tcd.ie/research/profiles/?profile=pfallon

http://www.ucd.ie/infectbio/infectionbiologyresearchers/profseamusfanning/

http://www.ucd.ie/conway/research/researchers/conwayfellowsa-z/professorhelenroche/home/

http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/agriculturefoodscience/drniamhharbourne/

http://www.ucd.ie/conway/research/researchers/conwayfellowsa-z/drlorrainebrennan/

 

 

Written by Sophie Prosolek, 2nd year PhD student studying in the Mithen group

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ISF Summer BBQ Cooks Up a Storm!

Sunshine and sausages were enjoyed by all as the Great British weather finally pulled through for the ISF summer BBQ!

The event got off to a soggy start a heavy rain forced the ISF to postpone in the hope of fairer weather. Hedging their bets against a forecast thunderstorm, the organizers’ risky wager paid off as over 20 IFR staff and students congregated under the shade of a marquee (kindly lent by Dan Lock) by the BBQ overlooking the UEA lake.

Bruce Pearson taught the grateful organisers a thing or two about hosting good BBQ!

Bruce Pearson taught the grateful organisers a thing or two about hosting good BBQ!

Preparing the food was a joint effort with everyone helping out where they could; this meant that everyone had a chance to show off their BBQ skills and everyone had a chance to socialize.

“There was a good mix of staff and students” reports principle organizer and ISF events officer, Britt Blokker “at events like this you get to meet new people that you wouldn’t otherwise get to talk to”.

PhD students mingled with post-docs, and some brought their family to join in the fun too. It was Dr Beraza’s son who first embarked upon a daring experiment, investigating that age old research question that many of us here at the IFR have been dying to answer: how much do the ducks of the UEA lake like turkey sausages? (Beraza et al, manuscript in progress). I asked the Beraza group about their recent dietary intervention study, however due to ongoing matters of intellectual property and the potential commercialization of novel food products, their findings can’t be discussed no further.

As the sun set over the Ziggurats, the event drew to a close

As the sun set over the Ziggurats, the event drew to a close

 

As the sun set over the Ziggurats, the event drew to a close. “It was a great success” Says ISF Chair Sophie Prosolek “We have to thank the UEA PGSU for providing us with funding for the food, but it’s the hard work of the organisers and everyone who joined in who really made the event”.

The ISF hopes that next year’s committee will build upon their success and host the event again in 2017; safe in the knowledge that good research is fueled by good friends and good food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Sophie Prosolek, 1st year PhD student studying in the Mithen group

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I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

UntitledWhen I first heard about I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! I thought it just sounded like a fun and easy way of engaging in some student outreach whilst never having to leave my desk.. But it turned out to be both challenging and rewarding in equal measure!

For those of you who haven’t come across IAS!, it is a 2 week competition partly modelled on TV talent shows and mainly supported by the Wellcome Trust. It is split up into zones of 5 scientists working on a broadly similar theme, who then fight it out answering questions submitted on the website and taking part in live chat sessions with whole classrooms of school children. In the second week a scientist is voted off by the students every day until a champion is decided, who is then rewarded with £500 to spend on further outreach work.

As a lowly first year PhD student I wasn’t sure I’d even be selected, but sure enough I soon found myself assigned to the ‘Sustaining Health’ zone, alongside opponents including an experienced professor and a post-doc at JIC (set up perfectly for a local rivalry!). The first task was setting up a social media style profile page for the students to read about my research. As anyone who has attempted science outreach with children can confirm, it is surprisingly hard to describe your work without using technical language or presumed knowledge.. In the end I just made sure to include lots of interesting pictures of microscopy and impressive equipment (and even some fancy dress from the Christmas party!).

As the event started the first few questions started to be posted online, which soon became a steady stream each day. Fortunately most were either easy to answer or interesting to research, although as many of them were asked to the whole zone there was an added incentive to reply first and earn extra brownie points with the students. The real fun started with the live chats however.

These had been booked by the teachers in advance, and although I could not do all of them due to lab commitments I still took part in one or two every day over the fortnight. The 30 minute chats were fast and frantic (especially on a few occasions when I was the only scientist available!), and varied massively depending on how much the teacher and moderators paced the session. Often I found myself typing away faster than I have since my days as a teenager on MSN messenger! I was surprised by how much I could actually answer easily, although I’ll admit that google was my friend when it came to looking up half-remembered facts and figures.

The questions were often thought-provoking, or simply hilarious, but a few topics cropped up again and again. Due to my research area I was often asked what the deadliest bacteria is (I usually went with TB); but the kids also seemed extremely interested in areas such as space and possible missions to Mars, when the world might end (a little macabre), the future of cloning, and the existence of alien life. They were also very curious about our scientific background, such as what subjects we enjoyed at school and when we decided to become scientists. Of course not all the questions were so cerebral, with some of my favourite random queries including:

  • What are the disadvantages of the world being flat?
  • Where would you put the carrot in terms of importance for sustaining the growing population?
  • Do you like cows?
  • Is your profile picture actually your real face?
  • What does Lizard DNA look like?
  • What’s your favourite cheese?

And that is only a selection of the best I can remember!

When I started the competition I was primarily hoping that I simply wouldn’t be the first scientist evicted. So it was a pleasant surprise to survive to the final day, up against a PhD student studying UV-light purification of drinking water. He had developed an ingenious strategy of pre-preparing interesting science facts to produce in any lulls in questions during the live chats (which I of course immediately bemoaned as cheating to the rest of my office but secretly wished I’d come up with first), which seemed to impress the students immensely. So it came as quite a shock to find out at the end of the final day that I had been voted the winner of the zone!

It is quite gratifying to find that my science communication skills seemingly appealed to the students, but to be honest the fun was really in the taking part (pardon the cliché). I plan to donate the prize money to some science education charities working in developing countries, as I am sure they will find better uses for it than any scheme I concoct myself.

As Duncan Gaskin was victorious in a Food Science zone a few years ago, IFR now has a strong track record in IAS!. I highly recommend anyone who is considering options for interesting communications work to consider giving the competition a shot. It was hectic and challenging but the most fun outreach I have done by far, and I immediately missed it when I returned to my normal work schedule!

The next I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here event will run from the 15th to 26th June 2015, and applications to take part are already open, with a deadline on the 3rd May. The zones have not been announced yet, but there will almost certainly be at least one relevant to IFR science plus a number of general science zones. Visit http://imascientist.org.uk/ to find out more!

By Samuel Ellis, a 1st year PhD student in Stephanie Schuller’s lab.

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ISF away day 2014

In October 2014, the ISF celebrated a successful first year as a committee, and welcomed our newest PhD students by donning the Segway helmets for the first ever IFR student team-building day.

away day 1Our first, and unanticipated, team-building exercise was to find our way to ‘The High Lodge’ in Thetford forest, something which our carload were not so successful at, even with a map and the initiative of 4 PhD students. Despite this and the buckets of rain that fell on our journey, our spirits were high as we excitably piled out of the car and headed for base camp. On arrival, we were greeted with a lovely spread of tea, coffee and pastries, which slipped down very well and prepared us for an action packed day.

The fun began with the initial (actual) team-building exercise: ‘Would I lie to you’. The aim was to conceal one extravagant, but true fact about yourself with some even more outrageous lies- definitely a useful skill in the world of science! I was quite chuffed with myself when my co-team believed my lie that I once went to clown school!

Following the initial ‘get to know you’ session was the main event. We strapped ourselves into the helmets, picked up the Segway’s and tentatively stepped up- this could go one of two ways. Luckily, after the first few baby steps, we were zooming around the practice area. Looking very fetching in our safety gear we headed out into the forest, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Although the route included some hairy off-roading, we managed not to break anyone this time around, and only had one (minor) crash, quite a triumph!

away day 2After a bite to eat and some much needed warming up, we headed back to base camp where the remainder of the day was filled with some more team-building exercises. Our initiative was really tested when we were asked to build a basket sturdy enough to catch a golf ball using only a few straws and some tape!

 

The day was rounded off with an awards ceremony and presentation of our (unofficial) Segway licenses. Mine still stands proud on my desk to this day. After all the excitement, it was time for some sleepy students to return back to actual work…but on a serious note, the day was a great success and enjoyed by all. I think all would agree that it helped to tighten the bond of the student community at IFR.

By Elizabeth Thursby, a 3rd year PhD student in Nathalie Juge’s lab.

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Application open for 22 new PhD studentships at the IFR!

Applications are now open for 4 year PhD studentships at the Institute of Food Research to start in October 2015.
 

The PhD studentships, funded through the Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership, form an integral part of our research that addresses the fundamental relationships between food and health, food and the gut and the sustainability of the food chain in order to further the production of safe, healthy foods.

Projects being offered cover the whole range of IFR’s current research, from delivering a better understanding of gut bacteria through finding ways of tackling obesity. There are opportunities that involve tackling foodborne pathogens, making food and diets healthier, improving sustainability in the food chain and understanding what makes a healthy gut.

The full list of all advertised studentships and additional information on each can found here.

Doing a PhD at the IFR is an amazing opportunity and here are just some reasons for it:

  • You will join one of our small, dedicated research teams that are managed by supervisors with international reputations in their fields
  • You will be part of the enthusiastic, self-supporting student community at IFR
  • You will become part of a community of over 2,500 scientists working on the Norwich Research Park, a leading centre for research in food, health and the environment.
  • You will benefit from high standards of supervisory practice and mentoring for graduate students, which include IFR’s close links and proximity to the University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • You can enjoy full access to joint courses at UEA designed to develop generic professional skills
  • You will be working and studying in a great environment. The Norwich Research Park boasts 230 hectares of open parkland on the outskirts of the city of Norwich. Norwich itself is a vibrant city, with a superb quality of life, great entertainment, a unique mix of ancient and modern architecture, a top 10 UK shopping centre and good links to London and internationally, via the Norwich International Airport.
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The first ISF annual BBQ

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Barney Shaw and Dan Lock discussing meat in the shadows of the UEA Ziggurat buildings

With the recent weather being unlike that majority of the British summer and the tan lines appearing from lunchtimes sat in the sunshine the IFR Student Forum decided it was time for a BBQ, hopefully starting the tradition of an annual summer celebration! So, with a spot at next to the UEA broad booked, a large ice box ready to cool whichever tipple took your fancy, and a tentative look skyward to check the dark clouds weren’t rolling in (luckily as you can see from the photos it was a beautiful evening!) we headed off in the direction of the university. By 6pm a great mix of IFR staff, post-docs and students both new and current were enjoying the sunshine and prodding the flames of the freshly lit BBQ.

 

After having our fill of the delights from the grill the games were begun. The rounders (or ‘pretty much baseball’ as the Canadians among us noted) match was going very successfully until Bruce took a tumble, the result of which was a pretty spectacular break of his collar bone and some scary looking x-rays. Fortunately he’s now on the mend and is already scheduling the re-match.

The lessons learned from the day? A BBQ with the IFR staff and students is great fun, and a brilliant way to relax after a hard week of PhDing…..but perhaps we’ll leave the rounders bat at home next time!

 

 

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Inside Scoop: Lizzie Thursby chats to the ISF about the IFR Student Science Showcase

SSSYou’ve seen the poster titles. You’ve felt the nervous tension wafting through the corridors. Yes, the IFR Student Science Showcase is fast approaching! Once again, this event promises to be one of the highlights of the academic calendar at IFR. We caught up with Lizzie Thursby – member of the organising committee and previous poster prize-winner – to give us her top tips for the day along with a taster of what we can expect from this year’s event.

You took part in the SSS for the first time last year. Did you enjoy it?

I thought it was a fun day! It is not often you get the chance to present your work to others and I enjoyed the challenge. There’s usually a hint of competition between you and your colleagues as well, which can be a lot of fun!

What did you gain from the experience?

The IFR SSS was the first time that I presented my work to people outside of my specific field of research, and this made me aware of the challenges that arise when you need to interact with an audience of mixed scientific backgrounds. You quickly realise that not everyone has the same level of understanding of your project as the people in your office, which means that you have to think about your work differently in order to make it sound understandable and also interesting to others.

I remember that an older student approached me at last year’s Showcase and said, ‘so, tell me about your poster!’ I was really nervous and my mind just went blank!

But the student was really encouraging and I soon felt more comfortable. I learned from this experience that it’s good to prepare a kind of ‘mental script’ that summarises your work so that you don’t feel so scared when people come to your poster. I think that the Student Science Showcase is a nice platform for learning these skills – you are in an environment where it’s okay to make mistakes.

What can we expect from this year’s Showcase?

We have tried to plan the food around the theme of the keynote talk (given by Professor Ian Rowland from University of Reading). It will be buffet-style with a Mediterranean feel to it. This year, we have managed to obtain a large amount of sponsorship from companies such as Biolabs, Primerdesign and Fisher, in addition to the funding given by the BBSRC, so expect some nice food and generous prizes! The sponsors will be there on the day to give us information about the services they offer, so feel free to have a chat with them.

Speaking of prizes… you won one of the coveted poster prizes last year, well done! Do you have any top tips for designing a winning poster?

Thank you! I would say that having a logical layout is quite important. Include lots of pretty pictures and don’t make it too wordy. Don’t forget an acknowledgements section! One useful tip is to print out a copy of your poster on A4 and try to read it – if you can’t read the writing then it won’t be readable on the real thing either.

And finally, what advice would you give to the current first years who will be taking part for the first time?

Don’t worry about how far you have got in your project or how big/small your results section is. Anyone can present a good poster, even if it only contains background information about your project. Concentrate on enjoying your first experience of presenting a poster and try to speak to as many people as possible. If people are not noticing you, approach them! I wish that I had spoken to more people last year and had not let nerves get in the way. Once you get going, you will feel much more comfortable chatting to people about your work. Enjoy it!

The IFR Student Science Showcase 2014 takes place on Monday 23rd June from 2pm in the IFR lecture theatre.

 

By Steven Lewis, a 3rd year PhD student in Stephanie Schueller’s lab.

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