Research Forum VI

20 December 2018

Our sixth Research Forum welcomed more student presenters than ever before as well as our first ever external keynote speaker...

The sun enlightens everyone, but the light of knowledge enlightens those who are actively seeking the light.
Debasish Mridha

Speaking to many of our students during their dissertation semesters, one of the greatest challenges can be maintaining a clear vision and focus of the end goal.

We aimed to shine a light on this problem during our sixth IMI Research Forum as we focused on the illuminating capacity of knowledge and how this can be gained through well-planned and structure research.

We were overwhelmed with the number of students who volunteered to present their research to their peers and welcomed a record number of 14 student speakers in total.

Presentations varied from environmental sustainability considerations in new resort development to new culinary product launches complete with ingredient samples for the audience to taste.

We were also delighted to be able to welcome Mr. Tim Sutton who is the owner and founder of Brauerei Sutton, a small, one-man craft beer brewery located in an old butcher's premises in the Engelberg valley town of Dallenwil in Central Switzerland.

Mr. Sutton develops recipes, packages, pricing and markets products for the beverage industry and explained to the forum the challenges of starting out as an entrepreneur and bringing a new product to a competitive market.

After the speakers, we held our traditional research poster competition with the IMI recreation area taken over for the afternoon as our very own Research Gallery.

As ever, the standard of poster was very high and our students had found many innovative ways to present their research in a format that was both engaging, easily understood and aesthetically attractive. A big congratulations to Ecuadorian student Kimberly Chimarro Muñoz whose poster was voted the best on display by her fellow students and the IMI faculty.

Whenever we start on a major project, it can feel very daunting and the way forward is not always clear. We hope that, with the feedback and encouragement received during this event, our students can now progress more easily towards completing their research goals and producing the very best dissertations possible!

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