Welcome to another edition of eChook!

Angela Scott from The University of Sydney won this year’s Postgraduate Presentation Award at the Australian Poultry Science Symposium held during February in Sydney. Her presentation was entitled Scenario trees to assess the risk of avian influenza exposure and spread within Australian commercial chicken farms. “Angela’s research was well thought through, the flow of her delivery was easy to follow and the style of her presentation was superb”, said Dr Tim Walker, the chairman of the judging panel that assessed all the student presentations.

Angela Scott with her Postgraduate Presentation Award

The Poultry CRC has sponsored the Postgraduate Presentation Award at the APSS since 2004. It is awarded by a panel of experienced judges who make their decision based on both content and style.

The award is highly competitive, often with the top 3 – 4 presenters separated by a decimal point. But the judges were unanimous in their choice of Angela as the winner. Angela’s paper forms part of her PhD program where she explores strategies to minimise the risk of bird flu to commercial poultry operations in Australia. Angela is a second-year PhD at the Poultry Research Foundation of The University of Sydney under the supervision of Associate Professors Peter Groves and Jenny-Ann Toribio.

Awarding outstanding talent has been a mantra of the Poultry CRC over the years. Although the Poultry CRC will wind up this year, the sponsorship of the Postgraduate Presentation Award will continue under Poultry Hub Australia. “I am really keen to continue sponsoring this award, as young people like Angela are the future of the industry. This award is a small gesture from us to encourage them for the outstanding work they are doing”, said Associate Professor Tamsyn Crowley, the inaugural director of Poultry Hub Australia.

We would also like to congratulate Ms Nisha Sharma of the University of New England who won the best poster prize at the conference. This prize was introduced for the first time this year to recognise the effort of students in creating appealing conference posters.

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