Globally, more than 250 million people suffer from a food allergy with more than 17 million people suffering from food allergies in Europe alone. Food allergy cases have risen by up to 50% in the past decade, with a 700% rise in hospitalisations due to anaphylaxis.
Dr Siobhan Jordan, presented a lecture on March 24th in DCU, on “Biotechnology and creativity – reflections on multidisciplinary degrees” , in conjunction with Dublin City University and the Institute of Biology of Ireland. Siobhan gave an inspiring account of how successful collaborations can be forged between industry and academics and how her multi-disciplinary training assisted her in developing this focused approach in Scotland.
Report on Lecture, "In Search of Sanctuary! Is it in the biologist's contract to inform and lead public policy and law towards environmental sustainability?", Brendan Price, the founder of the Irish Seal Sanctuary, and marine and wildlife advocate, stimulated the audience with his obvious commitment to the role of biologists in promoting environmental sustainability. He enthused everyone present as he presented photographic evidence of his personal engagement with the range of focal points where Sanctuary was the theme.
Report on Lecture: "The Value of Pollinators", that presented some startling facts on the decline in pollinator numbers and the potential impact on production and yields of many crops totally familiar to us. She conveyed to the assembled audience, drawn from a wide range of interest groups such as beekeepers, apple farmers, professional and academic interests, that pollinator concerns have become popular in the press, the general public and in political spheres.
IBILOI Report on Lecture: "Molecular Evolution and Adaptation: Birds, Bears, Bowhead Whales and Beyond!", which occurred on the occasion of the Institute of Biology of Ireland AGM 2015, at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.