We are delighted to announce that our M-degree student has passed with DISTINCTION! Vanessa Kienmoser joined the VIRAQUA team in September 2016 for her M- degree research project, focusing on the quantification of, and optimal extraction method for enteric viruses in shellfish (Mytulis edulis) and sediment collected from Conwy bay. Recovery percentages of spiking experiments with shellfish and sediment were used to determine the most efficient method for virus extraction. Furthermore, all of us at VIRAQUA would like to congratulate Vanessa on her PhD acceptance. She will begin a doctoral training partnership at the University of East Angelia to research how microalgae can affect climate change.