The breadth and diversity of research at Harper Adams University has been underlined at the institution’s second annual Research Conference.
The conference draws together researchers from across the University, including academic staff, PHD researchers and postgraduate students, apprentices, and more, to discuss the current topics they are researching, network with colleagues – and to display their work.
A packed day was opened by Harper Adams Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ken Sloan, who told attendees not to be afraid to address the big questions which matter to industry and society in their work.
Delighted to open this today’s #HAUresearchconference. Tackling big #research questions means tolerating failure along the way. Our academics and research students focus on what matters for #industry and for #society. @HarperAdamsUni— Ken Sloan (@ProfKenSloan) September 6, 2022
Don't be afraid to fail and don't be afraid to address big questions...sterling words from @ProfKenSloan to start off our #HAUresearchconf22 looking forward to a busy day supporting our researchers here at @HarperAdamsUni pic.twitter.com/nPXqss5qNy— Dr Lucy Crockford (@SWLecLC) September 6, 2022
Professor Sloan was followed by a wealth of presentations, as well as the chance for researchers to view each other’s posters and find out more about fellow researchers’ projects.
Harper Adams University Director of Research, Professor Dawn Arnold, hailed the day as a major success.
She said: “It was great to see so many people come together and talk about the research they are doing.
“Once we put the call out for this year’s conference, we were quite overwhelmed with the number of offers for talks and for poster presentations we had. We’ve had input from lots of people whether that’s our PhD researchers, our academics, or even some of our apprentices who have talked about the research they are doing with industry.
“While we had a mix of presentations, both online and in-person, I think lots of people wanted to be here in the room if they could be this year.
“However people took part, their participation showed the breadth and depth of academic research at Harper Adams!”
Catch up with some of the highlights of the day on social media below.
Such a cool talk on bee charge by @ClaraAndTheBees ?? Spending 3 years training bees to fly into things says everything anyone could possibly want to know about what it’s like to be a researcher! ?? #HAUresearchconf22— Dr Zoë Davies (@DrSelfy) September 6, 2022
Happy to have a poster presenting my first year PHD results on assessing the toxicity of Brassica isothiocyanates on root lesion nematodes @HarperAdamsUni Research conference 2022. Supervised by @DrMattBack #PHD #HAUresearchconf22 pic.twitter.com/5oePvgMwMB— Vongai Chekanai (@vongaichekanai) September 6, 2022
Our poster is up at @HarperAdamsUni Research Conference 2022.— Georgina Wager (@wager_georgina) September 6, 2022
Data quality over quantity, would you agree @AndrewYNg?@vegprof @EdHarris9000 @josemhango #datacentricai #DataScience #yolov5 pic.twitter.com/RhfbGTiROZ
Love it when speakers at conferences give a shout out to students working on smaller aspects of their wider project, such a big thing for those students and their visibility in a room full of researchers ?? #HAUresearchconf22— Dr Zoë Davies (@DrSelfy) September 6, 2022
A phenomenal effort by our postgraduate research students to showcase the world-leading IPM research our group is carrying out at today's @HarperAdamsUni research conference - well done! @dawn2_arnold @ProfKenSloan @dr_andy_wilcox https://t.co/mA8VE8DMQD— Harper Adams Entomology (@EntoMasters) September 6, 2022
Presentation #HAUresearchconf22— A K M Abdullah Al Amin (@alamins_heed) September 6, 2022
My role as a Visiting Scholar @PurdueAgronomy we @FreeHectare @HarperAdamsUni working with @PurdueAgronomy @PurdueABE #SwarmRobotics #stripcropping #economics #uscornbelt@J_Lowenberg @BruceErickson @JohnEvans @AgEngResearch @AgriTechEcon pic.twitter.com/IlGyf7DGyr
Had a really fantastic day at the @HarperAdamsUni Research Conference. @VioletHunton did an amazing talk on work with @clonameg @AnneCarterPhD and myself! And a great opportunity to get some excellent analysis advice from @DrSelfy and @EdHarris9000 ?? pic.twitter.com/AobCjBj21U— Dr Ellen Williams (@DrElliephants) September 6, 2022
Want to know what makes me #optimistic? Seeing the enthusiasm, creativity & skill of @HarperAdamsUni researchers and research students. The planet needs solutions to major system and potentially existential matters. My colleagues view working on them as a priority. #changemakers— Ken Sloan (@ProfKenSloan) September 6, 2022