Free talk to provide new students with health and study advice

University of Aberdeen experts will provide new students with advice on their health and studies at a free talk this week Thursday September 24).

Practical tips on health, diet and combining hobbies and academia will be just some of the topics covered in the event beginning at 6pm in The Hub on Elphinstone Road.

Professor Marcel Jaspars, Director of the Marine Biodiscovery Centre at the University, and Dr Alex Johnstone, from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health will take part in the informal and interactive session which is part of the University’s Café Scientifique series.

Professor Jaspars – whose research involves the investigation of potential new cancer drugs and antibiotics derived from natural sources - will discuss his own experience of how his personal interests inspired his academic journey. 

In his talk he will share how his fascination with the oceans influenced his studies in chemistry, and led to an academic career which has taken him across the globe collecting marine specimen, and seen him collaborate with international experts from as far afield as Fiji, Egypt and Australia.

Dr Alex Johnstone, from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health will discuss the perils of the Scottish diet as part of the session which will also offer practical advice and sort the myth from reality on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Dr Ken Skeldon from the University of Aberdeen’s Public Engagement with Science Unit spearheads the University’s Café Scientifique series. 

He said: “Café Scientifique aims to bring the latest topics in science to the public, and this is the first time we have specifically tailored an event for the new intake of students to the University.

“Taking place as part of the Freshers’ Week events, the session will provide an informal public forum with the aim of sharing practical tips and insights which will aid new students as they embark on their academic career at the institution.”

The Café Scientifique Freshers’ Special will take place on Thursday (September 24) at Tiki Café on the ground floor of The Hub, Elphinstone Road from 6 – 7pm.

Dr Sue Bird from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute for Health and Nutrition will chair the event.

The event is free and open to all students.  Pre-registration is not required.