The event, organised by the Institute of Refrigeration, attracted a higher than usual number of student delegates 52 of presenters and attendees were young researchers, students or engineers new to the industry.
Andy Pearson, IOR Technical Committee Chairman and Chair of the Conference, remarked:
“I was impressed with all the students that attended. Currently, refrigeration is an area where problems are becoming more difficult to solve and it is great to see the students beginning their journey and participating in tackling these issues.
"The industry is dependent on students coming through, moving forward and taking on roles of responsibility in the years to come. We have to develop and help these young people along, because in twenty years it will be them on the stage encouraging the next generation of researchers and engineers.”
The winning students were:
Conversations covered topic such as careers advice, next stages in research and how to make useful networking contacts. These informal sessions have become a regular feather at the international conferences arranged by both the Institute of Refrigeration and the International Institute.
Dr Ina Colombo, Deputy Director of the International Institute of Refrigeration, introduced the session and was impressed with how much those taking part in this activity gained from it.
“The young researchers know exactly who they want to talk to and with this event, we can make sure they meet these individuals. I am very glad to have been part of this networking.”
The conference planning team recruited 10 young engineers from industry who demonstrated potential to take part as Conference Assistants – a responsible role throughout the event involving supporting conference speaker presentations, sitting in on key note talks and feeding back to organisers.
The Assistants made a strong impression on the speakers for their diligence and interest in contributing to discussion throughout the event. In recognition of the contribution that these young people made to the success of the conference the IOR has agreed to offer them free membership at the new Young Persons grade.