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Masters student marked as one of the best internationally attends prestigious event on food security

University of Exeter Masters student Ángela Delgado Castillo attended this year’s prestigious IBM student recognition event as one of 80 hand-picked students from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The international event, this year held in Amsterdam, allows some of the brightest students from around the world to collaborate and solve the biggest environmental challenges facing the world today. Nominated by University of Exeter professors, Mark Van Der Giezen, Sarah Gurr, Michael Winter and Tim Lenton, Ángela’s dedication to food security secured her place at this year’s event. The event had a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, providing a rare opportunity for someone at such an early stage of their career development.

"As an industrial engineer and food security masters student, working with software developers, programmers, designers and marketers was a wonderful opportunity. Now I have a better understanding on the power of collaboration between people with different training and will try to incorporate this approach in my future work" Ángela says.

The three day event covered a variety of global issues from climate change to food waste and was filled with various challenges, group work activities and presentations requiring a high degree of teamwork between individuals from diverse backgrounds.

 As Ángela says, “Our generation does have the resources, talent and creativity to tackle urgent international problems - all we need is to work together and focus.”

As well as featuring highly in the video of the event, Ángela is an active blogger and has written a summary of each day which you can be read on the website We would like to congratulate Ángela on the success of her nomination and wish her all the best for her future career goals.

Date: 12 August 2015

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