photograph Sophia and friend take a break

PhD student and pig relax after another day of walking studies

PhD student Sophia Stavrakakis takes time out with one of the pigs being studied as part of a pig locomotion research project to improve the health and welfare of pigs on farms across the UK.  The research, funded by the British Pig Executive (BPEX), investigates lameness problems in pigs and is being undertaken jointly by the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

The photo, which was taken during a break in the motion capture experiments at Newcastle University's experimental Pig Unit, was awarded the Gold prize at the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress (IPVS) photo contest in Korea in June 2012, where Sophia presented findings from the study.

The research has been featured in local and national news including Sky Tyne and Wear, Times, BBC Breakfast, BBC Look North, Radio 4 Farming Today, the Guardian, BBC World Service, the Newcastle Journal and the Northern Echo.

published on: 28th June 2012