BSAS welcomes new Chair to the Early Careers Council

05 Nov 2020

BSAS is delighted to welcome Sophie Hazelden as the new Chair of the Early Careers Council, holding the position for an initial three-month period in November, December and January.  Sophie replaces the ever-popular and highly dedicated Zoë Willis, who announced her resignation from the position this year.

Sophie is currently in her final year of her PhD at the University of Leeds where she is researching the effect of Zinc Oxide on post-weaned pig gut health and immunity and the effect that different pre-weaning environments can have on a pigs response to Zinc Oxide. She initially joined BSAS as an undergraduate, which gave her the opportunity to connect and network with other early career researchers and increased her awareness of leading research within her field. She has since joined the Early Career Council, becoming Deputy Chair in late 2018 and helping to organise events such as the Early Career Day at the 2019 Conference.

Sophie says “During my time as Chair of the Early Career Council I hope to work closely with BSAS Trustees and members to facilitate relevant events for the upcoming virtual BSAS conference in 2021."

The new appointment is bittersweet, with Zoë stepping down from her position after two and a half years.  She has been integral in developing several initiatives to help develop, recognise and harbour emerging talent in the sector.

Melanie Le Bon, BSAS Trustee says “it was a pleasure to work with Zoë, she is a very skilled young lady and that I think she has done a fantastic job as chair and representative of the ECC and really acted as an excellent role model. I wish her the very best going forward and I am sure she has a very bright future ahead of her!”

Kim Matthews, BSAS Trustee says “Thank you Zoë for making such a big contribution to the Society, engaging in the wider discussions with thoughtful contributions, and being a cheerful influence.”

The new appointment comes at an exciting and changing time for the ECC ahead of the annual conference next April, which hosts a dedicated Developing Talent day, in recognition of the depth and breadth of exciting new talent in the field.

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