The inaugural Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Postgraduate Symposium a great success

November 14 / 149

Maria Carrillo-Rodriguez presenting her research poster,  The effect of processing on particle size distribution and polyphenol bioaccessibility of black carrots, at the FVAS Postgraduate Symposium
Maria Carrillo-Rodriguez presenting her research poster, The effect of processing on particle size distribution and polyphenol bioaccessibility of black carrots, at the FVAS Postgraduate Symposium

More than one hundred postgraduate students and staff met at Werribee campus on Thursday and Friday last week to take part in the first Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Postgraduate Symposium.

Over two days Masters and PhD students presented their research across areas including: Small Animals and Wildlife, Food Science, Immune Function, Climate Change, Water and Drought, Ruminants, Sequencing and Molecular Techniques, Behaviour, and Musculoskeletal Systems.

The symposium provided students the chance to practice their oral and poster presentation skills, as well as network with staff they may not see on a regular basis.

President of the Postgraduates at Werribee Graduate Student group (PAWS), Lisa Glenton, said the event was a great success because of the hard work of student volunteers and the support of the student body.

“The symposium is solely organised and executed by the student body, which fundraise and work with sponsors to hold it every year,” she said.

She said because of the recent amalgamation of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences to form the new faculty, this year was the biggest on record and for the first time it was held over two days, and was a fantastic way for students and staff to meet, mix and share their research.

“As a result we were also able to hold a dinner on Thursday night for more than 80 people at the Park Hotel in Werribee,” she said. 

“The dinner was also a great way for students from the newly merged veterinary, food and agricultural science disciplines to spend time together for the first time in an informal setting.”

Associate Dean - Research, Professor Andrew Fisher delivered the opening keynote address and highlighted the postgraduate research opportunities in the new Faculty. 

“Our postgraduate researcher numbers have increased by 48 percent over the past four years” he said.

“We recognise that postgraduate researchers are a driving force at the lab bench and in the field for our research.

“You represent the future for veterinary and agricultural research, and the evidence from this symposium is that the future is very bright.”

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