Aviagen has announced that Lotte Hebbink, a senior incubation specialist for Royal Pas Reform, has received the 2023 Nick French award with her winning presentation ‘Exploring the impact of external egg characteristics on hatchability’.
The award was presented in Wroclaw, Poland, in September during the combined workshop of the Incubation and Fertility Research Group (IFRG) and Physiology (WG12) of the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA).
“Lotte’s research addresses a practical issue occasionally seen, related to egg formation, which directly impacts incubation results and, potentially, chick quality,” said Eddy van Lierde, head of global incubation services at Aviagen. “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 introduced the Nick French prize in 2019 with the aim of 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.
“Winning this award, combined with the enriching discussions following my presentation, has renewed my enthusiasm for continuing my research,” said Hebbink.