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DAERA Postgraduate Seminar 2017

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CAFRE Greenmount Campus Conference Centre

45 Tirgracy Road

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The event provides a platform for currently funded Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) final year research students to present their projects. In attendance are stakeholders, DAERA staff, students and researchers thus providing a good networking opportunity for all students.

A timetable for the event is as follows:

9:15am Registration (tea/coffee is available on arrival at the venue)

9:30am Introduction from Chair for the event
Dr Alistair Carson, Head of DAERA Science, Evidence & Innovation Policy Division

9:45am Guest speaker Professor Nigel Scollan, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) Queen's
University Belfast

10:15am Presentations from ten final year students (10 mins each + 2 mins for Q&A):

• Stephanie Brooks: Competitiveness and resilience of the Northern Ireland total beef supply chain.

• James Brown: Genetic variation in native Irish trees under threat from emergent fungal pathogens.

• Jennifer Fegan: An investigation into the competitiveness of a local beef scheme operating as part of the Northern Ireland food supply chain in an international market.

10:50am Tea/Coffee & 2nd Year student poster displays - poster topics can be viewed on the DAERA website at:
https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/daera-postgraduate-studentships-2017-18 under current research titles. The topics for posters are those listed as commencing 2015.

11:30am continuation of final year student presentations:

• Donal Griffin: Trophic impacts of gelatinous zooplankton on commercial fisheries species.

• Kieran Higgins: Maximising the market and non-market benefits of small, privately owned woodlands through eco-labelling: identification of willingness to pay.

• David Johnston: The role of higher protein forages and locally grown protein crops within Northern Ireland dairy production systems. Postgraduate Seminar 2017

• Christina Mulvenna: Exploiting remote sensing technologies to improve farm animal management and production.

• Victoria Murphy: An evaluation of grouping and housing systems for Northern Ireland beef cattle.

• Annabel Sharma: An exploratory analysis of the effectiveness of a collective action based approach in tackling diffuse water pollution from agriculture in Northern Ireland.

• Josie South: Assessment and prediction of the potential threats of temperature change and invasive species to the sustainability of Northern Irish sea fisheries.



13:00 Chair's closing remarks incorporating awards for the Best 3rd Year Presentation and Best 2nd Year Poster

13:10 Buffet Lunch

13:45 The seminar is over for attendees with the exception of NEW 2017 and 2015 2nd YEAR STUDENTS who are invited to attend the following sessions in the same conference hall :

  • 13:45 New students about to commence research 2017 - Introduction to DAERA

  • 13:45 2nd Year students who commenced research 2015 and about to enter final year - Progress meeting
    with DAERA Science Advisory staff Dr Paul Devine & Dr Patrick Murphy


For further information about DAERA please visit our website https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/ or for information regarding the Postgraduate Studentships visit https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/postgraduate-study



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