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4th Catchment Science Conference launched

4th Catchment Science Conference launched

Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are delighted to launch Catchment Science 2023, an international conference taking place later this year.

Catchment Science 2023 is the fourth international conference hosted by the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP), funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), and run by Teagasc. This major international event will be held between the 7th and 9th November 2023 in Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford, Ireland, and will bring together scientists, regulators and practitioners engaged with water quality and gaseous emissions in agricultural river catchments. 

The conference will be a mix of scientific presentations, panel discussions, with farmer and stakeholder contributions, and a number of field visit options. The conference website is now live and open for scientific abstract submissions here. Indicative themes and topics for the conference in November include:

  • Soil fertility, nutrient and carbon management;
  • Gaseous emissions and carbon sequestration;
  • Land to water contaminant loss;
  • Long-term, in-situ monitoring and catchment modelling of water quality and greenhouse gases;
  • Climate induced changes;
  • Running a ‘living lab’ in agricultural settings;
  • Aquatic ecology - impacts of hydro morphology and contaminant stressors;
  • Approaches for mitigation strategies;
  • Socio-economy - attitudes, perceptions and impacts of policy change;
  • Knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement;
  • Governance and policy implementation.

Speaking at the launch of Catchment Science 2023, Per-Erik Mellander, Agricultural Catchments Programme said: "I am very excited to take part in the organisation of this conference for the fourth time. It is very inspiring, bringing scientists, regulators and practitioners together in this unique event.”

Ted Massey, Senior Inspector, Nitrates and Biodiversity Division, DAFM added: "The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is delighted to be able to support Teagasc in hosting what will be a very relevant and timely conference.”

Agricultural Catchments Week 2023

The launch of Catchment Science 2023 today is part of the Agricultural Catchments Week 2023, which is running from 5th to 12th May. The ACP is running a dedicated week of activities showcasing its research and advisory programme.

Logo for ACP week

The theme for the week is ‘A Living Lab Monitoring Water Quality and Gaseous Emissions.’ There is a mix of in-person events, written articles, podcasts, and finishing with a public open day this Friday, 12th May at the water monitoring outlet in the Timoleague catchment located in Co. Cork. More details of the activities are available here.

Photo caption: Pictured at the launch were, left to right;Tom O’Connell, Edward Burgess Teagasc ACP; Noeleen McDonald, DAFM; Per-Erik Mellander and Bridget Lynch Teagasc ACP; Ted Massey, DAFM; Ognjen Zurovec, Jason Galloway, Teagasc ACP; Karen Daly, Head of the Teagasc Department of Environment, Soils and Land Use.