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Teagasc Walsh Fellowships Seminar

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first Teagasc Walsh Fellowships seminar organised in partnership with the RDS. Thirteen PhD Walsh Fellow Students made oral presentations of their research findings at the seminar today. In addition, twenty three people presented posters outlining their research.

This year's winner Best oral presentation and winner of RDS medal was Leanne Roche, Teagasc, Crops Environment and Land-Use Programme, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Her research was on ‘Selecting nitrogen fertiliser sources for improved yield and reduced gaseous emissions in spring barley production systems’. She was presented with her medal by Tom Kirley from the RDS.

The joint winners of the best poster presentation were Gemma Torres Sallan and Sarah Ross. Gemma Torres Sallan is based at the Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land-Use Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford and her poster was on ‘A Question of Quality: Soil Carbon sequestration and storage potential of Irish grasslands’. Sarah Ross is based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy and her poster was on ‘Targeting the glycans of bovine milk fat to reduce E. coli infection in vitro’

The Best Food research presentation and winner of the Institute of Food Science and Technology Ireland (IFSTI) medal was Tara Battersby, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown - Solving the Irish Campylobacter problem. She was presented with her medal by Dr. Catherine Barry-Ryan, IFSTI council member.

The Walsh Fellowships Programme has grown hugely in scale and geographical spread. There are now over 230 Walsh fellows today, and the budget is now over €5 million. The Walsh Fellowships Programme has been fully integrated into the global science community. Teagasc has responded to this internationalisation of science by awarding a growing number of Walsh Fellowships to academics outside of Ireland.

Teagasc Director, Prof Gerry Boyle said: ”Currently, more than 30 Walsh Fellows are working with supervisors in universities in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, the US, Canada and New Zealand. With a view to further broadening this international dimension, Teagasc instituted short-term overseas training grants in 2012 on a competitive basis to enable Irish-based Fellows to spend short training periods in approved universities and research institutes outside of Ireland. We have also partnered with the Irish Fulbright Programme to offer opportunities to postgraduate students to spend periods of time in the US.”

Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation & Impact, at University College Dublin was the guest speaker at today’s Walsh Fellowship seminar.

The book of abstracts of today’s presentations is available at the link below.

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