This year’s PERCAT Research Gala was held on Thursday 2 October 2014 in The Great Hall, Aston Webb Building. The event was a collaboration between the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences and the University of Nottingham.
We received over 50 abstracts from which our team of Postdoc reps shortlisted 10 oral presentations over the three institutions. Professor Laura Piddock gave a fascinating key note talk on Antibiotic Resistance: What does it mean to you and why should I care? Following on from Laura’s inspiring talk, it was over to our researchers to address over 140 participants. Talks were also given by Paul Edwards on Cross college funding and collaboration and Lisa Lavender from Vitae on Vitae membership: Career development support to realise the potential of researchers.
The event concluded with prize-giving ceremony. The award for best oral presentation went to Dr Angela Taylor (CEM) who spoke on Rapid method development of high-throughput, high resolution LC-MS/MS methods using MUSCLE software: application to a complex method for 19 Urinary Steroids. She received a £150 conference travel award, which was sponsored by Miltenyi Biotec. The best poster prize was awarded to Dr Sarah Bevington (I&I). Sarah received £100 sponsored by Biolegend). Two runner up poster prizes of £50 each were presented to Dr Daniel Stones (Biosciences) and Dr Rachael Bailey (Cancer Sciences).
Special thanks go to our judging panel of senior academics, the administration staff in CPD, our colleagues at Nottingham, Lesley Bodenham (MDS PERCAT Administrator) and Rosie Plimmer (LES PERCAT Administrator) and of course our dedicated team of Postdoc Reps – Louisa Jeffery, John Reynolds, Ed Miller, Vicki Smith, Felicity De Cogan and Bai Li.
Photos show the Great Hall, Professor Laura Piddock giving the keynote talk and Professor Roy Bicknell opening the Gala.