Opportunity to Create All Island Collaborations.
Food producers, growers, academics, industry reps and technology providers are invited to the All Island Agri-Food Summit
which will take place in the impressive surrounds of University College Cork on the 17th & 18th of May. Organised by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Institute of Technology Tralee and UCC, this 1 ½ day summit will provide an opportunity to access market leaders, state-of-the-art food innovation expertise, and B2B meeting sessions designed to sow the seeds for all island collaborations across the food sector.
This free to attend event will kick-off on May 17th with a guided tour of the in-house bakery facilities and micro-brewery on campus in UCC as well as the opportunity to hear specialist speakers from Teagasc & UCC from the dairy, meat, bakery and beverage sectors.
Following a welcome from Prof Paul Ross, Head of College of Science, Engineering & Food Science, University College Cork, expert keynote speakers presenting on Day 2 of the Summit will include Michael Bell, Director of NI Food & Drink Association who will deliver Prof Chris Elliott’s (Queens University Belfast Institute for Global Food Security) presentation on global food security and sustainability, and Prof Christine Loscher of Dublin City University, Director of DCU’s new Health Technologies Research and Enterprise Hub who will speak on future opportunities and emerging markets within the food sector, with a particular emphasis on health, and the value of industry-academic collaboration and research.
Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats will tell the story of the development of his award-winning meat business while Kenneth O’Connor, head of the renowned Musgrave/Supervalu Food Academy program will speak about the program and its benefits to food producers. Chris Brockman, Head of Food & Drink at Mintel Europe will discuss Global Food Trends in 2017 and what the future might hold. Dr. Helena McMahon from the Institute of Technology Tralee, Managing Editor of TasteofScience.com will discuss how Taste of Science is enabling and accelerating the flow of knowledge and technologies from food innovators to food enterprises encouraging progression in the food sector. And finally Imelda Lambkin from Enterprise Ireland, will discuss European funding opportunities and the Marie Curie H2020 project.
Tom Kinney from Invest Northern Ireland noted that “the line-up of expert speakers has been well thought out so that a variety of agri-food topics will be up for discussion and the B2B meetings will give attendees the opportunity to create real connections with others on the day working towards all island collaborations going forward.” P.J O’Reilly, Regional Manager with Enterprise Ireland outlined that “attending this event will give attendees an appreciation for where conventional thinking is heading. It will inform people of the expertise and capabilities within our third level institutes and Teagasc regarding research and development.”