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Science supporting Ireland’s agri-food industry - Teagasc @ESOF2012 Dublin

More than 4,500 delegates from around the world are expected to attend the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF 2012 Dublin), which takes places at the Convention Centre Dublin during July 11-15.

In a special ESOF 2012 issue of TResearch magazine, Teagasc’s contribution to the development of the Irish agri-food industry is highlighted through its research, extension and education programmes. Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle, explains: “Teagasc is unique in European terms in having these three elements embedded within a single organisation. No single element is sufficient of itself to ensure that knowledge capital translates into a form of knowledge that is usable for the benefit of stakeholders. Continued investment in R&D and translation into innovation are crucial for the long-term production of sustainable and safe food and meeting food security globally. Teagasc is in a strong position to ensure that it will remain at the forefront in terms of meeting the scientific and technological needs of Ireland’s growing agri-food sector and, in association with its university partners and other national support agencies, helping to position the country as a global leader in the development of environmentally sustainable, safe and innovative pastoral production systems and products”.

As the leading Irish agri-food research organisation, Teagasc is proud to sponsor ESOF 2012 Dublin and Dublin City of Science 2012, and is organising a major programme of scientific events to mark this special year for science in Ireland. During ESOF 2012, Teagasc is leading the following events:

A Harvest of Irish Food
Teagasc, in partnership with University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish food industry, will host ‘A Harvest of Irish Food’ on July 10. This day-long event will showcase the unique combination of Irish food culture and tradition with the best underlying food science and technology.
The day will conclude with an Irish dinner in Trinity College Dublin’s famous dining hall. Hosted by Bord Bia, the menu will showcase the best of Irish produce sourced from sustainable and quality assured farms and artisan producers.

Milk: Nature’s Perfect Food?
On July 12, as part of the ESOF 2012 Science programme, Teagasc has organised a scientific session on the subject ‘Milk: Nature’s Perfect Food?’ at The Convention Centre, Dublin (10.45am-12.15pm). The event will include a series of presentations that will report on the extensive health benefits associated with milk consumption, as well as demonstrating how modern processing technologies can be exploited to maximise these benefits.
The session will be chaired by Professor Paul Ross, Head, Teagasc, Food Research Programme. Speakers are Professor Bruce German, Director, Foods for Health Institute, Department of Food Science & Technology, University of California, Davis, USA and Drs Catherine Stanton and Mark Fenelon, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork.

The Great Debate on the Battle to Feed a Changing Planet
On July 13, Teagasc, in association with the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI), has organised ‘The Great Debate on the Battle to Feed a Changing Planet’ at The Convention Centre, Dublin (13.30pm-15.00pm). An international panel of high-profile speakers – including Professor Rajendra K. Pachauri (Nobel Laureate), Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Mrs Marion Guillou, President & CEO, INRA - Chair of FACCE - JPI Governing Board. The debate will be moderated by broadcaster Leo Enright. It will engage and raise awareness among not only a live audience, but also media and the public outside the auditorium, on one of the most challenging scientific topics of the 21st century: how to simultaneously achieve global food security while also combating the effects of food production on climate change. The debate will be live streamed and people from around the world can participate via Twitter (@thegr8deb8).