MASTER CLASS A
 
Forage quality evaluation
 
David Parsons
1. Relationship between dry matter yield and nutritive value
2. Prediction of NDF (fiber) in standing crops
 
Pekka Huhtanen
3. Evaluation of energy and protein value of forage – the importance of organic matter digestibility 
4. Predicting intake potential 
 
About the lecturers
David Parsons is a professor in Crop Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden. His key research interest is in forage and crop agronomy, crop livestock interactions and systems modelling.
 
Pekka Huhtanen is professor on Forage utilization in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden. He has worked in a wide area of ruminant nutrition research, such as rumen N metabolism, cell wall digestion and modelling with the final aim to improve forage utilization and N efficiency in ruminants.
 
MASTER CLASS B
 
Evidence synthesis Masterclass: The good, bad and ugly of meta-analysis, systematic review and decision support.
 
I will provide a quick overview of meta-analysis and systematic review before focusing on some key tenants of evidence synthesis: use of effect sizes rather than p values, publication biases and how to address them, how to do a meta-analysis using metafor in R, what meta-analysis cannot do. There are no pre-requisites for attendance; The primary audience is younger researchers considering meta-analysis for the first time. Questions regarding content can be sent to gavin.stewart@newcastle.ac.uk.
 
About the lecturer
Gavin Stewart is a lecturer in evidence synthesis at Newcastle University interested in applied research synthesis (combining scientific information to inform policy). His research focuses on applying evidence-based methods to trans-disciplinary problems relating to food security. He also work on specific applications in healthcare, environmental and social science domains. Methodological work focuses on validating existing methods and developing new techniques for evidence synthesis. He is an elected member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methods and associate editor of Research Synthesis Methods, Peer J and statistical editor for the Cochrane Pain and Palliative Care Group. He likes fell running, gardening, mine exploration and drinking beer and whisky.