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The 2017 Brian Chambers Award

Information about the entrants and winners in 2017.

In 2017 the award was again run successfully, attracting a strong and varied selection of entries. The international nature of the competition was underlined by entries from Belgium, Canada, India, Ireland, Pakistan, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.  It was very pleasing that several of the finalists were able to come to the conference.

The judges found the task of selecting the three winners to be just as challenging in previous years. Eventually, however they concluded that the research that justified winning the first prize of £1,000 was by Philip Murphy, a researcher working for the Irish extension agency, Teagasc, Ireland.  His entry described Field scale nutrient budgetting. The study was designed to capture sufficient data at two important scales (farm & field) so that the different approaches for each could be statistically compared. His poster can be viewed  here.

A short interview with Philip about his research has been recorded. To hear it, click on the small white 'play' triangle at the top of the new screen that will appear.

There were also two runner up entries, that were awarded £500 each.  The first of these was from Sarah Wilcott, from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, who is identifying ways to minimize N2O emissions from irrigated canola in the semi-arid prairies of Canada. An interview with Sarah about her research has been recorded.  To hear it, click on the small white 'play' triangle at the top of the new screen that will appear. You can also see her Poster.

The second runner up was Maarten Everaert, from KU Leuven, Belgium, who is measuring runoff from different types of P fertiliser. A short interview with Maarten has been recorded. To hear it, click on the small white 'play' triangle at the top of the new screen that will appear. (The echo at the beginning improves).  You can also see his Poster