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Teagasc Education Vision Conference

Event Time 9am
Venue Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny

 

Teagasc recently completed an extensive consultation and review process in regard to future land sector education needs which concluded that substantial transformation is likely across the land sector over the coming decades and new skills and capabilities will be required.  The subsequent report, Teagasc Education Vision – meeting future needs will be launched at this conference. The Education Conference is intended for farm families and the wider rural sector, including Teagasc workplace learning hosts; educators and guidance counsellors; and wider stakeholders. It will be of interest to all those involved in agriculture, horticulture, equine, forestry and other land based education and training. 


Time

Topics
8.30am Registration & tea/coffee
9.20am

Opening Address
Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director

9.45am                     

Teagasc Education Vision - Meeting future needs
Chaired by: Professor Seamus Smyth, Teagasc Education Vision Steering Group Chairperson

Panel:
Mr. Tony Pettit, Head of Education, Teagasc                
Mr. Frank Murphy, Head of Curriculum Development and Standards, Teagasc
Mr. Alan Jagoe, Teagasc Authority Advisory and Education Committee Chairperson

11.00am

Coffee Break

11.20am

Innovation in agricultural education seminars (attend two of four options - see below)
• Workplace learning - can we improve the learning outcomes?
• Learning never stops - lifelong learning and professional development
• Facilitating gender diversity in land sector careers and education
• ‘Smart agriculture’ - preparing the next generation

1.00pm

Buffet Lunch

2.00pm

Forging a career in the land sector - panel discussion
Moderator: Mr. Damien O'Reilly, Presenter of CountryWide, RTE Radio 1

3.00pm

Personal competencies - the new requirements in a changing world
Chair: Mr. John Mulhern, Principal, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, Botanic Gardens

Dr. Maureen Gaffney, Broadcaster, writer and columist, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Society in University College Dublin

3.50pm

Close of Conference
Professor Tom Kelly, Head of Knowledge Transfer Directorate, Teagasc

Seminar 1

Workplace learning - can we improve the learning outcomes?

  Chair: Mr John O Brien, Teagasc Education and Training Forum member, Chair – Host Farmers’ Association
• Mr Oliver Tierney, Asst. Principal, Teagasc Ballyhaise College
• Ms Danielle Stewart, Teagasc Prof Diploma in Dairy Farm Management graduate
• Mr Brian Nicholson, Teagasc sheep host farmer
Seminar 2
Learning never stops - lifelong learning and professional development

  Chair: Mr Tommy Cooke, Teagasc Authority
• Mr Paul Maher, Assistant Director, Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc
• Mr Ed Payne, Dairy farmer, Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year 2014
• Ms Imelda Kinsella, Dairy farmer

Seminar 3

Facilitating gender diversity in land sector careers and education
  Chair: Dr Monica Gorman, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
• Ms Jane Kavanagh, Head of Research Operations, Teagasc
• Ms Aisling Molloy, Teagasc Business and Technology Advisor
• Ms Louise Carroll, Agricultural student

Seminar 4

Smart agriculture - preparing the next generation
  Chair: Mr Derek O Donoghue, Principal, Salesian Agricultural College
• Dr Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre
• Mr Tim Ashmore, Asst. Principal, Teagasc Kildalton College
• Mr Kevin Nolan, Teagasc tillage host farmer

Forging a career in the land sector - panel discussion

Moderator: Mr Damien O Reilly, presenter of CountryWide, RTE Radio 1

• Mr Conor Coakley, Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year 2017
• Mr Peter Grogan, Lecturer, Gurteen Agricultural College
• Ms Maeve O Keeffe, Dairy farmer, Inspect4 Hoof Trimming Ltd
• Mr Garreth McCormack, Part-time beef farmer (Teagasc BETTER Beef Farm)
• Mr Ross McMahon, National Agrochemical Distributors, Technical sales representative
• Dr Karen O’Connell, Asst. Principal, Teagasc Clonakilty College