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PhD students Lillie Cavonius and Karin Larsson awarded at WEFTA
Best poster and best presentation

At WEFTA 2011 Kungsfenan The Swedish Seafood Awards were given for the best student poster and best oral presentation. The Kungsfenan Swedish Seafood Award is an international meeting place to pursue questions about the marine environment, sustainable fisheries and maritime gastronomy in a global perspective

With the poster entitled ‘Press juice from herring (Clupea harengus) as a glaze for frozen herring fillets’ won Lillie Cavonius (Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Food Science, Gothenburg, Sweden) the student poster award at the WEFTA 2011 meeting. The jury members Annika Söderpalm (Vera communications) and Joop Luten (Nofima) selected this poster because the rationale for the research was given in a few clear lines, the experimental design was shown in a very illustrative figure, excellent use of subheading (type, colour, text size, format)  to guide the reader through the poster, overall a balanced colour setting of the complete poster, to the point description of results supporting by good illustrations. Further the scientific approach using herring press juice as a glazing option is considered to be innovative and this approach uses existing knowledge  in a different creative perspective.  Click here to download the poster.

Karin Larsson (Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Food Science, Gothenburg, Sweden) was the winner of the best presentation given by students. The title of her presentation was ‘Investigations into fish lipid oxidation during gastrointestinal conditions’. The jury members (Gudrun Olafsdottir (University of Iceland), Jorg Oehlenschläger and Joop Luten) evaluated more than 20 presentations during the 2.5 days WEFTA conference. In total eight criteria were used for the evaluation of the best oral presentation:
1. Is the presentation clear, simple and to the point?
2. Is the presentation presented in an enthusiastic way, is the attention of the audience retained?
3. Is the text readable in the time given?
4. Are the diagrams and tables readable in the time given?
5. Is the message understood by non-specialists?
6. How is the structure of the presentation?
7. Is scientific jargon explained?
8. How is the answering of questions from the audience?

Joop Luten, chairmen of the committee, mentioned that it was a close finish between 3-4 student presentations. Overall the quality of the student’s presentations at WEFTA 2011 was good. The presentation of Karin Nilsson was excellent according the award committee. The background was well explained, it was lively presented and stimulated the interest of the audience.

Both winners Lillie and Karin received besides an award diploma also a gift on behalf of the Kungsfenan Swedish Seafood Award organisation. A book from the top Swedish chef Leif Mannerström and a hand painted clay plate. Ingrid Undeland, supervisor of both PhD students, said 'I am very proud over my enthusiastic and skilled students!'. Christina Stenberg, CEO Kunsfenan Swedish Seafood Award organisation attended the award ceremony.

Student awards at WEFTA 2011