AFBI announces conference details

Dr Sinclair Mayne, AFBI CEO, with Kelly-Anne Carnaghan, Assistant Scientific Officer, AFBI, looking forward to the major international science outlook conference.
Dr Sinclair Mayne, AFBI CEO, with Kelly-Anne Carnaghan, Assistant Scientific Officer, AFBI, looking forward to the major international science outlook conference.

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is marking the completion of a decade of leading local innovation and research for the agri-food industry with a major conference that promises to map out the major challenges and technologies that will shape the agri-food industry of the future.

With an international panel led by Professor Ian Yule of Massey University in New Zealand, the ‘AFBI Science - Shaping Livestock Farming for 2030’ conference will highlight next generation technologies, new research and practices, and the post-Brexit economic landscape.

The Institute is bringing together over 250 international and local stakeholders for the all-day conference which takes place at the Dunadry Hotel on Tuesday, March 28. Admission fee is £20 and for registration and further information log on to www.afbini.gov.uk/events

International experts include: Dr Theun Vellinga of Wageningen University in the Netherlands; Professor Ian Yule of Massey University in New Zealand; Joe O’Flaherty, Chief Executive of Animal Health Ireland; Tim Bennett, Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency Board and Chairman of the UK Centre of Innovation & Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).

AFBI speakers include Professor Robin Skuce, Dr Debbie McConnell, Dr Conrad Ferris, and Professor John Davis.

On the agenda are presentations on: Sustainable intensification – lessons from the Dutch Dairy Industry – manure management or reduced cow numbers? Improving animal health through a collaborative approach between industry and government and the role of molecular biotechnology and mathematical modelling in disease control; Application of new technologies in grassland farming – experience from New Zealand and Northern Ireland; The implications of Brexit for the UK agri-food sector.

AFBI CEO Dr Sinclair Mayne said: “At the end of March we complete over a decade of successfully supporting the local agri-food industry and government policy development through innovative and world leading research and development. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the major impacts of our research to date and also to showcase how recent developments in science will have a significant impact on the local and global agri-food sector.”