Meet the Winners of Atlantic BIOCON Student Poster Competition

Andrew Byrne May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021 – On April 30th, 2021, BioNB along with our partners at the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub, CCNB-INNOV and IGNITE Atlantic held our Atlantic BIOCON Student Poster Competition. The research being conducted within our region has always been one of our region’s many strengths, but this year, the applicants also showcased how we are also at the forefront of the bioeconomy.

The event had 10 semi-finalists from a variety of universities and colleges, from all Atlantic Canadian provinces with the event being segmented into two categories: Undergraduate/College Students and Graduate Students. Each segment had two cash prizes of $500 and $250.

While all applicants excelled at showcasing the vibrant Atlantic Canadian bioeconomy innovation ecosystem, our judges inevitably had to choose just four. We are pleased to announce the following winners:

Graduate Student Category:

  • 1st Place – Heather Burke, Memorial University/Marine Institute – “Moving Towards Better Utilization of Snow Crab Processing Discards in NL”
  • 2nd Place – Juliana Vidal, Memorial University – “Biochar as a Nexus Solution for the Achievement of a Bio-economy”

Undergraduate/College Student Category:

  • 1st Place – Gordon Harding, Holland College – “Endobacteria May Increase Glucosinolate Production in Broccoli Sprouts”
  • 2nd Place – Andrew Dicks, Cape Breton University – “Fundamental Investigation of QA/QC for Industrial Birch Bark Processing”

Note that if you missed the event, you can still view all the pre-recorded presentations from the researchers as well as the event recording HERE. You’ll never know what future bioeconomy solutions you’ll find at Atlantic BIOCON 2021.

What is the Bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy includes the production and use of renewable biological resources as well as economic activities related to the invention, development, production and use of biological products and processes. The opportunity includes but is not limited to:

Agriculture Forestry Aquaculture & Fisheries
Clean Tech Industrial Goods/Processing Bio-chemicals
Life Sciences/Animal Sciences Human Health/Med Tech Bio-based Energy
Waste Transformation Bio-materials Natural Products
Food and Feed Bio-plastics Synthetic Biology

Worldwide, bio-based products are expected to make up 50% of consumer products by 2050.

If you would like an introduction to any of the participating organizations or students, please send an email to Andrew Byrne at

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