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Young scientist wins iPad Air for poem about vibrational spectroscopy

SPEC Flash Presentation Award

8th September 2014

Helena Ukkonen (BDS) from Finland's University of Oulu, Institute of Dentistry, won an award for her poster presentation at a recent conference.

The competition, sponsored by Renishaw Sp. z o.o. (Poland), invited students to make a one minute oral presentation to promote their poster. Conference participants voted for the winner.

The conference, Shedding New Light on Diseases (SPEC) 2014, took place in Krakow, Poland. It brought together clinicians and scientists who joined forces in the quest for novel biomedical applications of infrared and Raman spectroscopy to improve patient care.

Helena's winning presentation, titled ‘Changes in the microenvironment of different carcinoma cells identified by FTIR imaging', was delivered as a poem and received 75% of the votes.

Dr Katherine Lau, one of Renishaw's Applications Scientists, said: “By turning a summary of her research into a poem, Helena caught everyone's attention. Her creativity and originality made the presentation fun, yet engaging.”

Helena is pictured here (right) receiving her prize from Agnieszka Sozanska (left) and Katherine Lau (centre) from Renishaw.

The next SPEC conference will take place in Montreal in 2016.

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