October 30, 2023

Aviagen presents 2023 Nick French award to Pas Reform incubation specialist




Aviagen announced a senior incubation specialist from Royal Pas Reform as the recipient of the company's Nick French award for 2023.


Lotte Hebbink had impressed the audience with her winning presentation "Exploring the Impact of External Egg Characteristics on Hatchability," Aviagen said.


The award was presented during the Combined Workshop of the Incubation and Fertility Research Group (IFRG, WG6) and Physiology (WG12) of the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA), which took place on September 18-20 in Wroclaw, Poland.


The event marked another successful collaboration between Aviagen and the IFRG, both deeply committed to advancing the global poultry industry through cutting-edge research and innovation.


Notably, Eddy van Lierde, Aviagen's head of global incubation services, served as a panelist at the meeting.


Aviagen introduced the Nick French prize in 2019, illustrating the company's commitment to nurturing and supporting promising young poultry professionals. At each annual IFRG meeting, the prize awards £500 and a certificate to the young scientist who gives the best presentation, intended to help them further their career in poultry science.


IFRG president Ampai Nangsuay said: "These bright young professionals represent the future of our industry and are well-positioned to generate fresh knowledge and innovations, particularly in the fields of incubation and fertility, to further advance the poultry sector."


"Lotte's research addresses a practical issue occasionally seen, related to egg formation, which directly impacts incubation results and, potentially, chick quality," van Lierde said. "Her work inspires us to delve deeper into potential causes of eggshell mottling, with the ultimate goal of preventing this issue for the benefit of our industry. Aviagen congratulates Lotte, as we continue to champion the pursuit of excellence in poultry science."


- Aviagen

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