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Teagasc gearing up for Science Week 2020

Students participating in Science Week at Teagasc. Credit: Teagasc

Running from 8-15 November, the event will explore how science can help us to make positive choices

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5 November 2020 | 0

Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’.

Running from 8-15 November, the event will explore how science can help us to make positive choices that will impact the environment, health, and quality of life.

The core theme for the event is ‘Science Week – Choosing our Future’, it will focus on how science can improve our lives in the future, and in the present.

Featured events include:

  • Sustaining Plant Diversity into the Future – RTÉ’s Damien O’Reilly brings us on this virtual tour of the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Staff from the gardens and the Teagasc college will highlight some remarkable plants and initiatives for a plant-filled future
  • Soil Health is our Wealth – Soils are diverse and multifunctional living ecosystems, underpinning most of our food and fibre production, but also other critical natural services for society, including the re-cycling of nutrients, atmospheric CO2 sequestration and water regulation. Check out this event to learn more about soils and their impact on society
  • Sustainable Farming: Farm to Fork – Event focuses on how we can grow dairy farming sustainably as well as understand how new technologies are being incorporated into food science. Pre-recorded broadcasts: grass measuring, milking, and food processing, VISTAMILK SFI research centre
  • Back to the Future – Food fermentation is one of the oldest food preservation methods going back hundreds of years. This event is taking food fermentation into the future, with next generation DNA sequencing, food microscopy, virtual reality, robotics and even 3D printing
  • A Taste of the Future – This event highlights Teagasc research that’s changing the direction of that food journey, and gives views a taste for the future of food

Tune into the events via Zoom for a chance to ask questions to Teagasc scientists in its live Q&A sessions.

For those wondering what a career in research looks like, Teagasc researchers will link up with schools to answer students’ questions as part of its ‘Ask a Researcher’ initiative. It will also post short videos demonstrating what a researchers typical day looks like.

The winners of the fifth annual Teagasc Vision of Research and Innovation image competition will also be announced during the week.

For more information on the event, visit: www.teagasc.ie/corporate-events/science-week/

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