Last month’s planning meeting for the Nutrition Society Student Conference was a sunnier affair than usual. We met at the venue to confirm timings, session activities and logistics and then enjoyed having our photos taken outside the Riverside Innovation Centre where the event will be hosted in September 2016.
Like any big project, it has been a journey from the time of pulling the bid together in December 2015 to securing the conference venue and the speakers and now selling the tickets. I think back to the days when I used to have ample leisure time and wonder where they went!
As the chair of the students from three faculties at the University of Chester, – the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Sciences, the Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Faculty of Science and Engineering, I have been busy co-ordinating with the local team, university departments and the Nutrition Society staff and student body to deliver the range of conference requirements. The academic lead, Professor Basma Ellahi, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University, and a team of academics, have been instrumental in helping us secure speakers from across the field of nutrition and line-up includes Dr Louis Levy from Public Health England, Dr Vlassopoulous from Nestle Research Centre talking about reformulation and Dr Virani from the University of Reading presenting Nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics. In total, 6 topics are covered by the presenters and then students have the opportunity to present their own research projects as well as network with people from industry, academic and public health nutrition.
The Thursday evening event will be held at the Chester Racecourse and guests will be joined by the motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Stuart Armfield.
The programme was put together by students for students and whilst I’m sure that topics such as protein efficiency in sports nutrition will be very popular, the speed networking and careers events are a great way for students to meet potential employers or get feedback on the research work that they want to do.
I have been impressed by the enthusiasm of industry and academic partners who have requested to be involved and have been happy to lend their time and expertise to support students on the day. It is refreshing to see that there is a healthy environment for the next generation of graduates and postgraduates to step into and flourish.
The conference is held over two days at the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC building) at the University of Chester Riverside Campus from Thursday 8th September, 2016.
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