Every year the Natural History Museum Student Association organises a conference held for Museum-based students to present their research. This year I am on the Student Association Committee so was involved in helping with the conference, and also presented a poster and a talk.
Organising a conference is hard work! There are sponsors to find, speakers to invite, programmes to produce, catering to arrange, and things you might not even consider such as booking porters for the tables and ensuring Museum security procedures are kept to. Organisation began before Christmas but the last few weeks leading up to the event were the busiest, and thankfully it all went well.
Our keynote speakers were Ross Piper, Zoologist, Entomologist, Author and Presenter and Iain Stewart, BBC Natural History Unit and Plymouth University. Over the two days 14 students gave oral presentations on their research at the Museum and we also had a presentation by Dr Mary Henes on the Brilliant Club – a charity which widens access to universities. There were also poster presentations by students and stands from some of our sponsors.
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