International Student Research Forum hailed success

An international gathering of research students from around the world has been hailed a success.

PhD students from China, Australia, USA and Denmark joined Aberdeen students from the College of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College for the annual International Student Research Forum, now in its tenth year.

The University of Nebraska Medical School (USA), The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences - UCAS (China), Griffith University (Australia), The University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) and The University of Aberdeen (UK), were all represented at the event.

Through the forum, participants were given the opportunity to share their research and to form professional relationships across international boundaries.

As well as student talks and cultural and social events, Key Note lectures were delivered by Dr Stefania Spano, Dr Dan MacQueen, Prof Lora Heisler and Prof Corrie Black.

Professor Seth Kunin, Vice-Principal for Internationalisation, said: “It has been fantastic hosting the International Research Forum 2015 at the University of Aberdeen. It is always inspiring when exciting young minds come together to work together and learn from each other and it’s especially interesting when researchers from all across the globe are involved.

“The forum has been a tremendous success and the University of Aberdeen would like to thank everyone who made the trip to Scotland for the event. I’m sure the introductions made over the last few days will lead to more fruitful collaborations in the future.”

The event was organised by Professor Bernadette Connolly and Kristina Harrison.

The history of the forum dates back to 2005 and a meeting between the University of Tokyo and the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The first International Student Research Forum was held in 2006 when it included students from the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, Omaha, USA.  

The International Student Research Forum conference is now an annual event which has previously been hosted in Denmark, Beijing, Tokyo, Omaha and Brisbane-Gold Coast.