Lecture: Current and Future Trends in Agricultural Food Production

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Lecture Theatre, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The IBIOLI, in collaboration with NCE-MSTL, University of Limerick, and The National Botanic Gardens, invites you to a keynote Public Symposium titled, "Current and Future Trends in Agricultural Food Production", at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, on Thursday, November 22nd 2012, at 8pm.

Keynote topics include "Global Challenges of population, food, energy and climate change – future prospects", presented by Professor Jimmy Burke, Masstock Professor of Crop Science, UCD, and "In Defence of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods", presented by Professor Mike Gibney, Director, Institute of Food and Health, UCD.

Symposium participants will be enabled to engage in discussion and debate with the presenters during the question and answer session.

About the Topics:

The topics will focus on creating a greater awareness of these topical concerns among members of the general public and will be of particular appeal to those with a technical, professional, commercial, educational, or specific interest in global food production, including the impact of modern technological applications.

About the Presenters:


Professor Jimmy Burke studied at NUIG, UCD, University of California, and Leeds University, and has the following degrees: B.Agr.Sc (1976), M.Agr.Sc (1977), and PhD (1980). He has worked for the University of California at Davis, the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food, The Agricultural Institute, and with Teagasc, where he has held many senior roles including, Chief Crops Scientist, and National Programme Leader for Crops, Horticulture and Forestry Research. From 2001 to 2010 he was Head of the National Crops Research Centre at Oak Park, Carlow where he had responsibility for all aspects of crop sciences including bioenergy and alternative uses of crops. In June 2011, he was appointed to the Masstock Chair in Crop Science at UCD. He is also an adjunct Professor at both NUIM and TCD. His major interests include developing new and improved crop production systems for arable crops as well as plant response to environmental stress and climate change. He has been involved in the development of new biotechnological approaches for plant improvement and bioenergy. He has published many research articles in various scientific journals and co-authored a textbook on Biotechnology with Prof. Newell McGloughlin of the University of California at Davis. He has served on many boards and advisory committees relating to agriculture, biotechnology and bioenergy.


Professor Michael Gibney MAgrSc, MA, PhD, is Professor of Food and Health and Director of The Institute of Food and Health, UCD. He is a former President of the Nutrition Society. He served on the EU Scientific Committee for Food from 1985 to 1997 and then chaired the BSE working group as a Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the EU from 1997 to 2000. He is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Sackler Institute of Nutrition of the New York Academy of Sciences, and has served on several WHO and FAO committees. His research interests lie in metabolic and molecular nutrition, in public health nutrition, and in probabilistic risk analysis.


He is presently the coordinator of a major EU funded (€9m) research project on personalised nutrition (www.food4me.org) and is also coordinator of a major nationally funded (€12m) project on “The National Nutrition Phenotype Database” (www.facebook.com/jingoproject). Prof. Gibney has served on the Faculties of the University of Sydney, the University of Southampton, and Trinity College Dublin. He has published over 250 peer- reviewed papers.

For further information, please contact:

Alison Cullinane NCE-MSTL Email: alison.cullinane@ul.ie or call (061) 234916