More than 20 honours, masters, PhD candidates and post-docs attended the Pork CRC/APL Student Workshop on Scientific Presentations at Pan Pacific Pork Expo 2012 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, May 15.
Welcoming the participants, Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, reminded them of exciting new opportunities for industry placement, which provides production based businesses with some financial support for two years to train graduates and postgraduates in the business of pork production, while allowing placement holders to remain actively involved in R&D.The first two to be part of the scheme are Rebecca Athorn, now with Rivalea and David Lines now with APFG. Rebecca, who attended the work shop, completed her Pork CRC supported PhD at The University of Adelaide, David completed his PhD with the Beef CRC.
Distinguished scientist, Dr Ian Williams of The University of Western Australia, workshopped how to plan, develop and produce quality scientific posters for conferences that will attract attention and succinctly and appropriately extend a scientist’s research.
Some of his tips were:
– Main purpose is to entice people to further discuss the research with poster author.
– Poster must quickly capture attention.
– Poster must make statements that arouse interest.
– Poster must include title; what you did and why; what you found; your conclusion.
Dr Williams also noted that writing posters, which had only been an integral part of scientific conferences for about 25 years, was excellent preparation for writing a good scientific paper.
Pork CRC students at the Student Workshop, May 15, 2012
Graduate Placement Program
Post-mating nutritional strategies to improve establishment of pregnancy and litter size in gilts
Now with Rivalea Australia
Development and evaluation of E. coli probiotics as an alternative to antimicrobial use in the Australian pork industry.
Novel methods for collecting diagnostic samples from pigs
Assessment of the population structure of Streptococcus suis and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pigs in Australia