Triumph as early career scientists take the top prizes at BSAS annual conference

Several early career scientists with their eyes on the prize have been awarded for their outstanding presentations at this year's BSAS Annual Conference, which took place in Edinburgh from 9-11 April. 

Tegan Sutton part-time PhD student at the University of Leeds and Developmental Pig Nutritionist at ABN,  was awarded the 2019 President's Prize for Best Theatre Presentation for her presentation titled "The effect of xylanase and xylo-oligosaccharides on growth performance and faecal bacterial community composition of growing pigs"
On receiving her award, Tegan has said, 
"I was delighted to win the President’s Award for the presentation of my paper at the conference, finding ways to help producers meet new challenges is really important in securing the future of the pig industry.”
Developed to encourage new scientists to improve their public communication skills, the BSAS President's Prize is awarded in recognition of the best theatre presentation amongst members presenting their first or second paper at the BSAS annual conference.
Picking up the 2019 President's Prize for Highly Commended Theatre Presentation was Tomas Tubritt, Walsh Fellow at Teagasc, for his presentation titled "The grazing efficiency of differential varieties of perennial ryegrass for dairy cattle under rotational grazing conditions".
Alongside Tegan and Tomas, the Society's 2018 President's Prize winner for Best Theatre Presentation, Annie Williams of Harper Adams University - also collected her award for her presentation titled "Determination of the bioavailability of trace minerals supplied as nanoparticles in sheep ad their effect on performance and health".
Meanwhile, Bridgit Muasa from Scotland's Rural College was awarded the 2019 BSAS Industry Association Prize for her presentation "Performance of a cow-side, progesterone based, lateral flow test for pregnancy diagnosis under field conditions in smallholder dairy systems", which was judged on both summary and presentation at the conference and to have contributed an impact to industry. 

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