Following the cancellation of numerous equine conferences, a new one-day online event which takes place Wednesday 15th July 2020 is providing a much-needed lifeline for the UK equine student community, offering an opportunity for individuals to present research undertaken as part of their equine studies.
Sharing key research findings often represents the pinnacle of a student’s academic training but this year, the coronavirus pandemic necessitated the cancellation of numerous events which would traditionally have represented the natural forum for showcasing results.
The inaugural online one-day conference is the brainchild of Dr David Marlin, along with Dr Jane Williams from Hartpury University, Dr Roberta Ferro De Godoy, from Writtle University College and Lorna Cameron from University Centre Sparsholt. The initiative has quickly gained the support of lecturers from all the main institutes offering equine courses, as well as attracting the attention of a number of high-profile sponsors. The sponsor line-up currently includes Alltech, Science Supplements, Haygain, The Pure Feed Company, University of Edinburgh, Writtle University College, Hartpury University, University Centre Sparsholt, Arioneo, Equestic and Cryochaps.
The online event, which runs from 10.00 to 17.00 (UK, GMT+1) comprises both oral and poster presentations in undergraduate and postgraduate categories. Two prizes will be awarded in each category*. The conference is open to any student studying in the UK in 2018-2019 or 2019-2020, who has not previously presented their research – regardless of whether they are now living in the UK or isolating overseas. In addition, anyone in the UK with an interest in equine science is invited to attend the conference on a delegate basis.
Dr David Marlin commented, “So many students were destined to miss out on the opportunity to present their findings at a conference so we felt compelled to try and create something as close as possible to a physical conference setting, in line with the current requirements to adhere to social distancing measures. I’m extremely grateful to the sponsors who have come forward to support this venture, especially since we appreciate that this is also a difficult time for many businesses. As a result of their generous sponsorship, we have managed to minimise the cost to students taking part, so the early-bird price for a ticket – either as a presenter or a delegate – is only £5.”
* Prizes Include:
Oral Undergraduate: 1st Prize £200; 2nd £100
Oral Postgraduate: 1st Prize £200; 2nd £100
Poster Undergraduate: 1st Prize £75; 2nd £50
Poster Postgraduate: 1st Prize £75; 2nd £50
Tickets for delegates are available at the early-bird price of £5 until 15th June 2020, after which the price will increase to £10.
Tickets are available via the following links:
• Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/606424439971379/
• Registration – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-equine-student-conference-2020-attendeeregistration-tickets-105633857712
• Abstract Submission – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-equine-student-conference-2020-registration-for-abstract-submission-tickets-105633069354
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