AgriTech – Research & Industry: A Snapshot – 12pm, Monday, 20 September
This is an exciting new it@cork open forum funded by Cork County Council that will explore and demystify today’s and tomorrow’s AgriTech research and look at why the future of global AgriTech resides in industry. This webinar will give a snapshot of the different AgriTech research organisations and projects currently under way and explore how your tech business can build links to research. We will also look at why technology and agriculture need to be intertwined to ensure the long term sustainable future of global agriculture.
We are delighted to announce that Cllr. Gillian Coughlan, Mayor of the County of Cork will open this session.
Expert speakers include:
- Dr John Barry, Manager at IMaR Technology Gateway (MTU Kerry)
- Donagh Berry, Senior Principal Investigator at Teagasc
- Hazel Peavoy, Senior Strategic Business Partner in Agriculture at Walton Institute
- Alan O’ Riordan, Research Fellow at Tyndall
Chair: Prof. Edmond Harty
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Overview of panellists
Dr John Barry
Dr John Barry is manager of the IMaR Technology Gateway in MTU Kerry where he leads a team of engineers developing near-to-market solutions for industry encompassing sensors, IoT, automation and robotics, RFID and data analytics. Previously, as a senior research fellow / project manager in IMaR, he led research on autonomous systems, data analytics and engineering simulation systems. Prior to joining the team at MTU Kerry, he held senior R&D roles in industry over a 20 year period working in oil and gas, electronic, automotive and aerospace, and more recently developing medical devices. He has over 50 technical and patent publications in a variety of disciplines.
Donagh Berry is a senior principal investigator in quantitative genetics at Teagasc, Moorepark as well as director of the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre. Following his bachelor degree in Agricultural Science at UCD, he undertook a PhD in dairy cattle genetics in Wageningen University, the Netherlands. As Director of VistaMilk, he leads a team of more than 200 scientists in the development and deployment of digital technologies in precision dairy production.
Mrs. Hazel Peavoy , MBA. Hazel works as the Senior Strategic Business Partner in Agriculture for Walton Institute, WIT’s largest research centre. Hazel works very closely with actors across the field of agriculture in Ireland and across Europe. Strategically placing Walton, as the lead in the application of technologies into Agri and Food. She has worked on countless projects with Walton following results from basic research through to the commercialisation of the results.
She is the project lead for Walton on: Smart Agri Hubs (Regional Cluster Lead for Ireland and the UK); Regional Cluster Lead for AgROBOFood; Principle Investigator on AgriDISCRETE (a Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Ireland); Site Manager for the SFI Research Centre, VistaMilk. Walton Agri activities manager of Precision Agricultural Centre of Excellence (PACE), a WIT-TSSG led Digital Innovation Hub and Project Manager on CITIES2030.
Prof. Edmond Harty
Edmond is an engineer with a strong focus on business and innovation and has worked for many years at all levels in business right up to CEO level. In addition he is a member of various boards including the Irish Times Trust, the Agritech Centre of Excellence and is Vice-President of Engineers Ireland as well as Adjunct Full Professor in University College Dublin. From working at all levels in industry Edmond has a good understanding of engineering in terms of design and manufacturing. For many years Edmond was the CEO and the largest shareholder in Dairymaster, one of the leading dairy innovation and technology companies in the world. Edmond has won numerous business awards including being named EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
Prof. Edmond Harty has a track record as one of the world’s leading innovators in the AgriTech sector and received the prestigious Parsons medal from the Irish Academy of Engineering who awards the medal as its highest honour. In addition, Ed has received an alumni award from both the University of Limerick and University College Dublin.