Friday, 13 June 2014

Eminent scientists join academics at Life and Medical Sciences ResearchConference

Scientists, very well-known in their own fields of expertise, joined researchers from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Life and Medical Sciences at the launch of their two day research conference.

An exciting programme of seminar and posters that reflected the breadth of the research activities across the school was put together and complemented by plenary lectures delivered by the invited guest speakers who came from government and academic institutions across the UK.

Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire,  opened the  proceedings of the two day event by launching the University’s new undergraduate degree in agriculture – the BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security which was announced earlier this year. 

This new degree, aimed at tackling concerns of food security and sustainability, has been designed around internationally recognised expertise and facilities at four partner institutions all located in central Hertfordshire: the University of Hertfordshire, the Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC),Rothamsted Research and Oaklands College.

This initiative was supported by Professor Ian Crute CBE (Chief Scientist at The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) who gave the first plenary lecture entitled ‘How can UK science best contribute to delivering the sustainable intensification of agriculture?’

Further plenary lectures were delivered by other eminent scientists who attended covered a diverse range of topics that complement the School’s key research areas and included:

Postgraduate students from the School of Life and Medical Sciences actively participated across both days of the event by giving talks and presenting posters on their own work.

With comments like “well done for hosting an excellent research conference”, “a really great event” and “the conference was a great experience”, it’s clear that students, academics and visitors all found the event very inspiring and enjoyable – so much so that this is planned to become an annual event!

Sponsors of this two day research event included: MedPharm, The British Pharmacological Society, Thermo Fisher Scientific, High5 Sports Nutrition, Bounce, AM Sport and the Perry Foundation.

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