Delegates took part in public events in Cornwall including workshops held at the Eden Project.

International students gather for evolutionary biology conference

Students from universities around the world travelled to the Penryn Campus to take part in the European Meeting of PhD students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB), which received support from the Annual Fund.

The 19th EMPSEB saw 76 PhD students joined by invited speakers for a full programme of talks, workshops and activities. Held in a different country each year, EMPSEB is a unique opportunity for PhD students because every attendee gives a talk.

Delegates also took part in public events in Cornwall including workshops held at the Eden Project and the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth.

The award from the Annual Fund enabled the student organising committee to realise many of the ideas they had about hosting the perfect conference, including covering the travel costs of speakers from North America and Europe.

Centre for Ecology and Conservation PhD student and member of the organising committee David Fisher said, “We are confident we also helped promote the Penryn campus’s standing in the local community, delegates were interviewed live on BBC Radio Cornwall and we held a free public event in Falmouth.”

The Annual Fund is the Exeter's annual appeal which seeks the philanthropic support from alumni and friends to invest in the University and its students; with a focus on supporting the student experience.

For information on the conference visit the EMPSEB website

Date: 29 October 2013

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