The annual Nuffield Ireland Conference takes place in the Castleknock hotel on Friday November 15th 2019.

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The event, now its eighth year attracts a large attendance from across the agricultural industry to hear both from the Nuffield Ireland returning scholars as well as the high profile guest speakers in attendance each year.

Geoff Dooley, Nuffield Ireland Chairman said “We look forward with anticipation to this year’s conference.  Our returning scholars who have completed their travels and studies over the past two years will deliver their recommendations to the industry. Through their travels, these five scholars have had the opportunity to learn from farmers and agribusinesses across the globe.  The Global Focus Programme which is a key element to their travels opens up doors that many could not access. Fundamentally this is a leadership journey and our scholars return home having learned a lot about themselves but also have recommendations that will drive our sector into the future.  We look forward to welcoming you to our conference to learn from their experiences.”

The Board of Nuffield Ireland is very grateful to our scholarship sponsors (FBD Trust, IFA, Irish Farmers Journal, the Golden Jubilee Trust, Meat Industry Ireland, Aurivo, Glanbia, Dairymaster, Dairygold, LIC Ireland, MSD Animal Health, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Kerry Group) for their vital support for our scholarship programme. None of this would be possible without this support.

The returning scholars who will present their findings on the day are

  • Date: Friday 15th November 2019.
  • Venue: Castleknock Hotel, Porterstown Rd, Castleknock, Dublin 15.
  • Time: 10.15 – 17.30, followed by Dinner at 7.00 pm

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Conference Programme

09.15   Registration and Tea/coffee

10.15   Welcome Address – Chair, Nuffield Ireland.

10.25   Presentations of scholar reports by the 2018 scholars

Chair: Amii Mc Keever (2011 Scholar)

  • Joe Lyng “Value in the Marketplace for Grass-Fed Dairy Products”.
  • Klaus Laitenberger “The potential of growing Yacon and other Lost Crops of the Incas and Jerusalem Artichoke as crops and functional foods in Ireland”.
  • Colm O’Leary “Farmer Led Animal Welfare; An Opportunity for the Irish Livestock Industry”.

– Panel Chair:  Karen Brosnan (2013 Scholar)

11.30   Panel Discussion: An expert panel consisting of Brendan Gleeson, Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Prof Alan Matthews, Trinity College, Dublin and Prof Alice Stanton, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and Devenish Nutrition, will address the theme Agriculture’s role is growing a healthy, sustainable society’. The aim is to challenge the Nuffield community to consider and act on sustainability initiatives to balance their relatively intensive agriculture systems.

12.45   Lunch

2.00     Presentations of scholar reports by 2018 scholars.  

– Chair: Grainne Dwyer (1999 Scholar)

  • Karol Kissane “Perceptions of Agriculture in Primary School Students”.
  • Tommy Heffernan A Cow Centred Approach to A Modern Dairy Industry”.

 2.45     Facilitated Workshop: Discuss key learnings and facilitate the Nuffield Network.

            – Facilitator: Roberta McDonald (2016 Scholar)

4.00     Coffee break

4.15     Workshop conclusions

4.20      Update on Nuffield International, and Irish Scholar participation in International Global Platforms – Geoff Dooley (2003 Scholar)

4.35     Joint presentation by the 2019 scholars about their Global Focus Programmes.

5.05     Introduction to the 2020 Scholars

5.15     Final comments and wrap up.

7.00     Conference Dinner

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