By Emma Sage
We would like to invite you to the second year of the SCA Scientific Poster session!
The posters will be displayed at the TCC (Lectures Campus) on levels 2 and 3 from Friday through Sunday of the Global Specialty Coffee Expo. The poster session meet-and-greet will be held on Friday, from 12–2 pm.
What is a poster session?
A poster session gives researchers the opportunity to informally and graphically present their completed research. It combines text and graphs to make a visually pleasing presentation to quickly summarize their work. Posters are widely used in the academic community, and most conferences include poster sessions in their program. Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. That is why it is a perfect fit to bring to our specialty coffee community! During the poster session, the researcher stands by the poster display while participants can come and view the poster, study the content, and discuss with the author one-on-one.
What does this mean for the SCA?
The SCA Research Center is committed to fostering, promoting, and advocating for scientific research to support and advance our industry. The poster session is part of our commitment to fostering a relationship between these two important communities —scientists and industry. Making linkages between our community and those working in academia and research is important to increase knowledge transfer, spur innovation, and even facilitate new projects.
What may be surprising is that this activity is a knowledge exchange that goes both ways. While we in the coffee community are always interested in developing our knowledge, there is a secondary purpose for encouraging more researchers to join us at the SCA Global Expo. It is our hope that being exposed to the specialty coffee community will spur new questions, inspire, and motivate the researchers to continue their work in coffee. Some of these researchers will be familiar faces, while others are new to our community. I encourage you to join us and bring your most inquisitive minds and sharp questions, for these are the fodder for great collaboration.
Why should you attend?
If you join us for the poster session, you can check out the latest scientific coffee research from around the world. You will be able to meet the scientists whom have completed the work, ask them questions, and discuss. I hope you will join us.
Emma Sage is the Coffee Science Manager for the Specialty Coffee Association.