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GLAS Learning Theatres: Unrivalled access to expert analyses and presentations

Teagasc's Donall Flanagan leading a presentation in the Teagasc sponsored Learning Theatre at GLAS 2018. Photo: Joe Keogh.

With GLAS's Learning Theatres hosting presentations from industry leading professionals covering a broad range of topics specific to the horticulture trade industry, can you really afford to miss the one-day trade show?



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4 July 2019

The Irish Garden Landscape and Amenity Sportsturf (GLAS) trade show, taking place on Thursday, July 18 at Citywest events centre and hotel in Saggart, Co Dublin, will see the return of an expanded Learning Theatre offering for 2019.

The two theatres, sponsored by Bord Bia and Teagasc respectively, will increase capacity for trade show attendees, broaden the knowledge base of said attendees, and provide expert insight and informed opinion on the key issues facing the entire horticulture industry.

Discover 2019’s topics below and then be sure to register for the presentations you would like to attend. Availability will run out so be sure to register now.

The Teagasc sponsored Learning Theatre Schedule

Topic: Registration of IASIS Points.

Time: 10am – 10:30am.

Presented by: Sheila Macken, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Macken was a self-employment agricultural consultant before her current job, where she is now an agricultural inspector at DAFM.

Topic: Pollinator Plan

Time: 10:30am – 11am.

Presented by: Peter Cuthbert.

Cuthbert attended Pershore College of Horticulture in the UK, furthering his extensive knowledge of plants and their usage in sustainable design. Some of his most recent projects include bio-diversity planting at Hebron, Kilkenny and the Greening Project in Finglas Village.

Topic: What is Soil? Applying the Basics of Soil Science to Productive Landscaping and Gardening Projects.

Time: 11:30am – 12pm.

Presented by: Dr Brian Murphy, BSc, PhD, senior scientist at Enrich Environmental.

Dr Murphy digs deep into this important natural resource and covers a range of topics:

  • What do soils do?
  • Key physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil.
  • Optimising these characteristics to improve said soil’s performance.
  • Basic soil assessments and testing.
  • Managing soils, improving soils, and designing soils for landscaping and gardening.
  • Enrich soils services and products – fusing theory and practice to support customers.
  • Specialist soil applications: sustainable urban drainage, swales, urban tree planting, and green roofs.

Topics: Education Pathways and Continuing Professional Development.

Time: 12pm – 1pm.

Presented by: John Mulhern, college principal of the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, and a selection of student graduates.

The 12pm presentation by Mulhern and graduate students will be the headline presentation the brand new for GLAS 2019, Careers Hub, sponsored by Teagasc.

“We are the proud sponsors of the Careers Hub at this year’s GLAS showcase.”, said Mulhern.

“The hub, which is the first of its kind, will host talks and offer useful information on the various possibilities for those in the horticulture industry. A number of people who have completed our programmes in the past and are now working in the industry will take part in the event. Including some of the many students who have had to juggle the completion of their component award with working in the industry.”, he said.

Mulhern continued: “In a demanding world, students increasingly want or need to work while they are studying. More and more people are finding themselves torn between the want to up-skill and the need to continue working in the industry. Of course, it is possible for students to work while studying, but their ability to do so may depend on the area that they are involved in.

“This is where Teagasc comes in. We want to find real solutions to this problem and showcase them at the Careers Hub in the hope that they prove useful to those looking for guidance.

“Last year, 80 college students completed component awards, helping them to develop a deeper understanding of their particular area of work within horticulture. Each of our major awards can now be tailored to suit an individual’s unique situation. Students can take on a specific subject area and use that to build towards the completion of a major award.

“Talk to us at GLAS about the areas that are proving to be popular, as well as the three Level-5 programmes we are offering as part of our college’s summer programme this year.”

Topic: Weed control: best practice guidelines for control and budget.

Time: 2pm – 2:30pm.

Presented by: Donall Flanagan, Teagasc.

Flanagan has been at Teagasc for 12 years where he was once a horticulture lecturer but is now the nursery stock and ornamentals specialised advisor. Flanagan has been teaching a wide range of horticulture subjects for more than 15 years.

Topic: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in turfgrass.

Time: 2:30pm – 3pm.

Presented by: Colm Dockrell, assistant principal of the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture.

Teagasc are involved in many parts of the IPM area including research into disease and pest control, cultural methods of control, and farmer attitudes. Dockrell will look into farmer practice and how to improve the practice further.

Topic: Plant Passports.

Time: 3pm – 3:30pm.

Presented by: Oliver McEvoy, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM).

McEvoy, from DAFM, will provide information about new plant health regulations and the new European Union-wide common Plant Passport format.

The Bord Bia Learning Theatre’s schedule will be available soon to view. Be sure to monitor the GLAS website for when the schedule is released.

Every presentation taking place at the GLAS trade show qualifies for Irish Agricultural Supply Industry Standards (IASIS) points and are free to attend. Registration is required so don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend these class-leading presentations, register now to avoid disappointment.

Have you registered as an attendee for GLAS yet? Registration for GLAS is for the trade only and is also free. Thinking about exhibiting at GLAS 2019? Contact the team now to enquire about what space may be available.

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