By Malte (guest blogger)
Last week the RSES Student Conference was upon us. This is an annual event that gives the students at RSES the opportunity to present their research to the School in a short 5 minute presentation. The more than 40 talks covered most of Earth History and reflected the huge range of projects going on in this school.
We had meteorites from Mercury, Brazilian Bayesian Models, Bears, Juicy metasediments, Swiss Cheese, a Frenzy of Forams, melting ice and a journey to the Centre of the Earth. Prizes for best talks went out to Lizzy Ingham, Christopher Chapman, Scott Meyerink and Isa Rosso. The best Master/Honours Student presentation was given by Kathryn Hayward. Kelsie Long won the prize for best talk title with “Fish +Shrimp = Easy Prey” and the most entertaining and engaging talk was given by Jennifer Wurtzel.
“RSES is a very large place and this conference is a great opportunity for students and academics to learn about the cutting edge research going on around them”, commented Ian Jackson, Director of RSES who attended the whole conference.
For new students at RSES the student conference is often the first time that they present their research at this School. I attended my first student conference shortly after arriving at RSES two years ago. I remember it to be a daunting task to present my project to a large science audience, but also found it to be a very rewarding experience and great opportunity to learn and discuss with other students. This year I had a different perspective organizing the conference together with Thomas Haber and Michael Short. The night before the conference I sat at home being very happy that everything was taken care of and organized, only to realize that I hadn’t practiced my own talk at all. Keep busy and there is no time to be nervous about your own talk.
The conference ended with the traditional BBQ. The cold weather didn’t stop the students and academics to continue discussion long into the night.
Thanks again to all who contributed their time and energy to make this a great day. Especially the presenters! This year’s talks were of amazing quality and really showcase the great diversity of research going on in these buildings! Looking forward to next year!