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Lindsay Laird Award 2019

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AMC is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Lindsay Laird Award is M. Nicola Rhyner from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The winning poster is entitled “Assessing microsatellite markers to assess post-stocking survival of hatchery-reared Atlantic trout (Salmo trutta) in tributaries of a pre-alpine lake”.

The judges (Dr Kjell Maroni (Norway), Prof. Elena Mente (Greece) and Prof. Lluis Tort (Spain) agreed unanimously that his approach showed real innovation in respect of environmental protection and the management of autochthonous or allogenous freshwater species. In addition, the poster presented very well identified messages for the reader. Although the techniques used are well known, the judges recognised that they are among the forefront of the current laboratory technologies, and were used to assess field and nature challenges, particularly in relation to the identification and conservation of particular species in the tributaries of main rivers.

The award was presented on 10th October by Dr Camilla Priede of Sheffield University, Lindsay Laird’s younger daughter who commented, “I was particularly impressed by how in his poster Nicola managed to take a very sophisticated topic and convey it with complete clarity. My career is focused upon widening access to the sciences and science education and I recognise that it is very hard to write about very complex topics in a very simple way. Not many scientists have this skill at such an early stage in their career. My mother always aimed to ensure that her work was accessible to a broad audience, and as such Nicola was a most appropriate winner of the award.”

In addition to the iPad donated jointly by AQUATT and the AMC Consortium, M.Nicola Rhyner will also receive his choice of books from the co-sponsors of the award: Wiley Blackwell, Springer and 5M Publishing.

You can follow the 5M publishing article on its website.

AMC is very proud to have highlighted the work of young researchers in aquaculture, which we have been doing for the last eleven years. A further important point is that previous winners have all done well in the years subsequent to winning the award, publishing the award winning poster as a peer-reviewed publication and going on to produce further innovative work which is recognised internationally.

We are very grateful that Wiley/Blackwell has contributed to this by sponsoring the event from the start, by the presence of a representative from time to time but mainly by donating a book prize from The Wiley/Blackwell aquaculture book list.

We hope that you will continue to sponsor the award once more.

Kind regards

Margaret Eleftheriou

This year Lindsay's daughter Camilla, now a lecturer at Sheffield University, will present the award on the 10th October.

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