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Teagasc Science Week 2011 Activities

Teagasc research centres are hosting students from secondary level schools this week, as part of National Science Week. During these visits students will see practical examples of the use of science in agriculture and food production. This is the fifth year that Teagasc has organised science week events in each of its main centres to promote science among second level students. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend.


The annual Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Seminar, which recognises the work of Teagasc's top postgraduate students, took place on Tuesday, 8 November in the RDS, Dublin, as part of Teagasc's Science Week activities. The other events are taking place at the locations below.

Teagasc Centre Description Date
Ashtown This is an Open Day Tour (about 3 hours) for schools in the Dublin 15 area. It is aimed at Transition Year students. The objective of the fun-filled day is to promote careers in scientific research through demonstrations and presentations on food technology, food marketing, microbiology, and chemical analysis. Students will get a good outline of the research conducted in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown and meet food researchers. Friday, 18 November
Athenry Teagasc Athenry's Science Week event covers five main areas:

Animal Science - including visits to the Animal Reproduction and Parasitology Laboratories. Here students will see how science is being used to address issues related to reproduction and parasitism in cattle and sheep.

Sheep Breeds - View alternative sheep breeds - their attributes and role(s) in Irish farming

Grassland and the environment - different grass and clover species. Students will learn about nitrogen fixation, dealing with environmental issues, use of slurry and fertilizer, etc.

Forestry and Biomass - This section covers different tree species, different woods and biomass.

Training options for farming - including information on training requirements and alternative training options.

Wednesday, 16 November
Johnstown Castle Over 120 Transition Year students from Loreto College, Wexford, will visit the Teagasc Environmental Research Centre, Johnstown Castle. The day will consist of indoor seminars and visits to outdoor field experiments. The students will be informed of some of the research being undertaken in relation to ecology, carbon cycling, water quality, soils and nutrient efficiency at Johnstown Castle. The students will also learn about important aspects associated with the agri-environment. Wednesday, 16 November
Moorepark Students will visit both research centres at Moorepark - Teagasc Food Research and the Animal Production and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark. The students will see practical demonstrations at both laboratory and farm level. Wednesday, 16 November
Oak Park Research staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students from the department of Science and Health in Carlow IT will visit the Teagasc Crop Research Centre, Oak Park, Carlow to learn about the Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme.   Tuesday, 15 November