Abertay PhD student wins ‘best presenter’ prize at international conference

For immediate release:  Friday 14 October 2011

PhD student Jason Bennett, from the University of Abertay Dundee’s School of Contemporary Sciences, has been honoured for his presenting skills at a major international conference.

Jason was picked as best presenter at the recent Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference held in Glasgow, which attracted 350 industrial and academic delegates from around the world.

His lecture on "the Impact of ultrasound on bioconversion of distillers spent grains to bioethanol" formed part of the technical programme of the conference, which this year had the theme of “Science and Sustainability”.

Jason received a cheque for £500 from The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (who organised the conference) and complimentary registration for the next WDSC (worth £800).

His supervisor, Professor Graeme Walker, said: “We’re all delighted for Jason. This is a significant accolade for a young researcher in this area, and further evidence of the academic strengths in food and health science that we are building at Abertay.”

Jason commented:  “I was extremely happy to win this award, which came as something of a surprise considering the calibre of the other speakers. I believe the award recognises and enhances my development as a research scientist, which is obviously important for any early career researcher. In saying that however, I cannot take all of the credit so my thanks go to the rest of the team in the University’s yeast research group."


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