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Novartis Sponsors Young Scientist Award at AquaUK

3 April 2012, at 1:00am

UK - Novartis Animal Health (NAH) is to recognise the best student presentation at Aquaculture UK, with a Young Scientist Award and an expenses paid trip to its Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, dedicated Aquaculture Research & Development site. NAH is also sponsoring the first day of the conference.

The two-day event at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort in Scotland on 23rd and 24th May 2012, incorporates the UK’s premier aquaculture exhibition.

Day 1 features the UK’s most promising aquaculture researchers, who will be judged by an independent panel to find a winning author of the Novartis prize. The results will be announced at a gala dinner that evening and the winner will travel to Canada in July.

“Novartis Animal Health Aqua has a rich history of aquaculture innovation and a demonstrated commitment to supporting ongoing growth of the industry,” said Matthias Hofer, Global Head of Novartis Animal Health Aqua.

“To stay at the forefront of aquaculture innovation, we have significantly invested in our R&D facilities in Prince Edward Island, in our people around the world, and also in endeavours such as the Novartis Chair of Fish Health at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and the Sea Lice Research Centre in Bergen. We believe that encouraging young, talented scientists is another important part of building the future of our industry.”

“Novartis Animal Health is offering a very attractive award, which is certain to attract a lot of entries and we are thrilled to be working with them. We are circulating details to all UK academic institutions providing aquaculture studies, and will host the chosen presenters in Aviemore overnight,” said David Mack, organiser of Aquaculture UK.

Whilst in Canada, the student will meet leading NAH scientists, and have the opportunity to learn about fish vaccines, novel pharmaceutical developments and revolutionary new technologies in fish health. A visit to the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, where the Novartis Chair of Fish Health is based, is also on the itinerary.

“We are delighted to sponsor this Young Scientist Award and look forward to welcoming the winner to PEI to share knowledge and interact with our own scientists,” said Mr Hofer.

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