Cardiff University PhD students attend Wales Ecology & Evolution Network Conference

19 December 2018

Student presenting on stage at WEEN Conference

Cardiff University PhD students are helping to shape a more sustainable future, sharing their research at the Wales Ecology & Evolution Network Conference.

On November 23, students from Cardiff University School of Biosciences travelled to the Snowdonia National Park to take part in the fifth annual student-led conference at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

The School of Bioscience’s Organisms and Environment division is a centre of expertise, focusing on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health and at the genetic level.

PhD students from the department shared their research at the conference, covering a range of topics centred including wildlife biology, conservation ecology, epidemiology and biodiversity.

Dr Niall McCann, PhD Graduate, launched the conference, sharing his working on the front line of conservation around the world, and Cardiff University delegate Lorna Drake, was awarded a prize for best poster presentation.

The Wales Ecology & Evolution Network Conference covered genetics, conservation, ecology and evolution, giving students an opportunity to discuss their work with other early-career researchers in the field.

Student stood in front of their poster presentation at WEEN Conference

Rebecca Young, School of Biosciences PhD Student, said: “This student-led conference gives a unique platform for early career researchers to present their work, with speakers including numerous first year PhD students, already gaining experience presenting their upcoming work.

“The conference gave us an opportunity to network and will facilitate collaborations which will be vital for us as PhD students in our future in research, which will hopefully address some of the biggest issues facing our world.”