Some lively conversation was had at the Mentor Speed Dating event held at APSS 2020.

Last month we attended APSS 2020 (Australian Poultry Science Symposium) in Sydney. This meeting has been running for over 30 years and is a fantastic opportunity to learn and engage with many brilliant poultry scientists from both Australia and abroad. It was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and discuss cutting edge science. As part of the Chook Chat Shack (aka Poultry Hub Australia, Agrifutures Chicken Meat and Australian Eggs) we hosted the poster session and ran our second mentor speed dating event. Like last year the mentor event was a hit. The aim of the session was to connect early career researchers (within 5 years of completing PhD or exceptional circumstances) working in an Australian university or research institute with active members of the Australian poultry industry. By improving the dialogue between researchers and industry, there will be a greater opportunity for industry relevant research, thus increasing the chance of success for researchers and the impact on industry. Thanks to Dr Amy Moss for facilitating the event. Only last year Dr Moss was a mentee and now following such great advice she has moved onto facilitating the whole event!

Key industry figures were happy to share their knowledge and wisdom with mentees at the Mentor Speed Dating event held at APSS 2020.

During APSS 2020 PHA had the pleasure of awarding the third Mingan Choct Award to Mr Peter Crystal from Sydney University, his paper was clearly presented and caught the eye of the judges. Peter presented two papers but won the award for his presentation entitled ‘Growth performance of broiler chickens offered maize- versus wheat-based, reduced crude protein diets’. It was a very tight contest this year with only 1 mark separating 1st and 2nd! Well done Peter!

Mr Peter Crystal the winner of the Mingan Choct Award for best postgraduate presentation at APSS.