Best Oral Presentation awarded to UCC PhD candidate.
Kamil Drapala, Ph.D. candidate in the Food Ingredients Research Group in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at UCC, received an award for best oral presentation in the Food Processing and Technology category from Dr Lisa O’Connor, Chief Specialist Food Safety, FSAI, during the 43rd Annual Food Research Conference held at UCD, Dublin on December 2014.
Food researchers from all over Ireland gathered for the 43rd time during the Annual Food Research Conference that took place at University College Dublin (UCD) last December. The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork (UCC) was strongly represented by a number of postgraduate students from several research groups, disseminating their work in either oral or poster form. Keynote address speakers included Prof Dolores O’Riordan (Director of the Institute of Food and Health, UCD), Dr Mark Fenelon (Head of Food Research, Teagasc), Dr Alyson Hill (lecturer in human Nutrition and Dietetics at Ulster University) and Prof Colin Hill (lecturer in the Department of Microbiology at UCC). In total, 56 postgraduate student oral presentations were presented in the areas of Food Safety and Shelf Life, Food Chemistry and Analysis, Nutrition or Food Processing and Technology, which provided an interesting and comprehensive overview of current focus areas for Irish, food-related research. The conference represents an important forum for postgraduate research students and early-stage researchers to present their work, share ideas and methodologies and start building a lifelong network of scientific colleagues. Kamil Drapala, a PhD candidate in the Food Ingredients Research Group (UCC), working under the supervision of Dr Seamus O’Mahony and Prof Donal Mulvihill, received an award for the best oral presentation in the Food Processing and Technology category for presenting his work entitled ‘Improving heat stability of model hydrolysed infant formula emulsions by protein-carbohydrate conjugation’.