“Lunch and learn” with Nuffield Ireland

event supported by MSD Animal Health and AIB

Starting on Monday 23rd November, Nuffield Ireland will host a week-long  virtual ‘lunch and learn’ series, hosted by the returning 2019 Nuffield Scholars.  The lunchtime series will be free to attend and will feature a 10 minute presentation at 1.30pm each day outlining the key findings of each scholars Nuffield Report.

Speaking about the series, Karen Brosnan, Chair of Nuffield Ireland said, “ We were disappointed to have to cancel this year’s Nuffield Conference but we are delighted to be able to offer our returning 2019 scholars a platform to share their learnings with the industry. Understanding that people are experiencing a level of online fatigue, this format allows delegates to tune in for just 10 minutes each day at lunchtime over the course of the week and garner some invaluable insights on a wide range of topics pertinent to the agri-food industry”

The returning scholars and their topics include:

  • Ailish Moriarty – ‘Assess the role of milk screening for disease with the development of an effective herd health system’ . From a farming background in West Limerick, Ailish is Milk Quality Manager for Kerry Agribusiness and lives on a farm with her family in Annascaul, Co. Kerry.
  • Alison Holmes – ‘Are we fit to farm? Investigating Irish Farmer Health Status & Sustainability’. Alison is a Clinical Tutor in Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick and she manages a dairy and beef farm in partnership with her father Brian in County Laois.
  • Ciara O’Halloran – ‘Food Tourism: It’s potential used as an educational tool to shorten the gap between the consumer and producer’. Ciara is a Director of the Redbank Food Company in County Clare which sells ‘Flaggy Shore Oysters’ in Ireland and overseas and hosts a ‘Shuck Off’ Oyster Food Tourism Experience.
  • Karina Pierce – ‘Future proofing the Irish agri-food sector through robust research’. From a farming background, Karina has a PhD in swine nutrition, is a former lecturer in Ag Science at UCD, and is currently Senior Development Advisor in the Food Division of Enterprise Ireland.
  • Pat O’Meara – ‘How can Irish farmers be encouraged to meet GHG emissions targets’. From Nenagh in County Tipperary, Pat is a UCD Ag Science Graduate who worked in the finance sector with AIB before becoming a fulltime Dairy Farmer.

Around the world, there are about 70 Nuffield Scholarships awarded each year. Each group works closely to develop their understanding of the big issues facing agriculture, business, consumers and policy, as well as building their own leadership capacity and personal growth. This strong network of scholars across the globe provide a source of inspiration, information and debate on the important issues facing the sector currently and into the future. Read more about Nuffield Scholarships here 

Nuffield Ireland is supported by FBD Trust, The Golden Jubilee Trust, The Agricultural Trust, Irish Farmers Association, Glanbia, Aurivo, Dairygold, MSD Animal Health, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Kerry Group, Dairymaster and LIC Ireland.

The schedule for the week is as follows: