Patrick Barrett is an Agricultural Inspector in the Research Division with the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine. He is the National Contact point for the EU Research & Innovation funding programmes in relation to Agriculture, Rural Economy & Bioeconomy. He is part of the secretariat for the National Bioeconomy Implementation Group and for the Food Wise 2025 High Level Innovation Team. Email: Patrick.Barrett@agriculture.gov.ie
Donagh Berry is a statistical geneticists at Teagasc, Moorepark (www.teagasc.ie) and director of the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre (www.vistamilk.ie); he holds professorship appointment at several (inter)national institutes. Following his bachelor degree in Agricultural Science at University College Dublin, Ireland, he undertook a PhD in dairy cattle genetics in Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In his Teagasc capacity, he is responsible for the research on genetics in dairy cattle and is responsible for the development and implementation of genomic evaluations in dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep in Ireland. As Director of VistaMilk, he leads a team of > 200 scientists in the development and deployment of digital technologies in precision dairy production.
Prof. Harty has a strong background in both academia and engineering. He holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from UL and a Ph.D from UCD. He is full Adjunct Professor in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at UCD College of Engineering and Architecture.
He has won numerous business awards. He was the overall winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Through his vision and direction Dairymaster were awarded many innovation and technology awards across the globe. Dairymaster was also awarded at the Agribusiness Awards and Prof. Harty was announced as the inaugural winner of the Agribusiness Leader Award. He was also named Global Innovator at the Animal Health All-star awards. He received the Parsons medal from the Irish Academy of Engineering who awards the Parsons Medal for Engineering Sciences to engineers or engineering scientists of exceptional ability in research and engineering technology.
Prof. Harty’s concentration is always on future possibilities, scientifically developed and proven. The level of patent applications (over 100 so far) speaks to his commitment to innovation.
Dr. Helena McMahon is a Principle Investigator at Shannon Applied Biotechnology Research Centre Institute of Technology Tralee. Research interest in the circular bioeconomy, in the exploitation and commercialization of biobased products derived from terrestrial and marine biomass, targeting functional foods, cosmeceuticals and regenerative medicine applications. EU level RDI activities focused in multi and inter-disciplinary projects integrating digitization, design, and business model and innovation ecosystem system approaches for the advancement of the circular bioeconomy.
Tomas Norton is a tenure-track assistant professor in Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) in the group of M3-BIORES (Measure, Model, Manage Bio-responses) at the KU Leuven. He holds a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from University College Dublin (Ireland). His current research focus is on PLF applications, focussing on real-time modelling and control of animal bio-responses. He is PI and co-PI on collaborative National and International projects funded by the Belgium government and USA. He is coordinator of courses on Measuring, Modelling and Managing Bio-responses and Sustainable PLF, and Animal Production Engineering at the KU Leuven. Since 2018 he is associate editor of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (COMPAG) and Chair of Section 2 of International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR). Email: email@example.com
Shane Ward is Professor of Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin. He was previously Head of the UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine (including Biosystems and Food Engineering) and a member of the university’s Senior Management Team (SMT). He has published in excess of 200 peer-reviewed research journal papers and conference proceedings. He has led several national and international research projects, including ‘SafeMBM’ (safe disposal and utilisation of meat and bone meal in the context of minimising risk from BSE); EC FP4 ‘ECOWOOD’ (eco-efficient wood harvesting on sensitive sites); EC FP6 ‘SigmaChain’ (food chain traceability); and the current H2020 AgroCycle (agri-food ‘circular economy’). He is currently ‘Scientific Director’ of CONSUS, the ‘flagship’ €18 million SFI-Origin Enterprises Plc funded ‘digital agriculture’ research programme, based at University College Dublin. CONSUS is Europe’s largest ‘big data in agriculture’ university-based research programme, with a team of 70 researchers and access to extensive on-farm pilot and demonstration sites. Professor Ward has extensive international networks in the agri-food research and innovation domain, and is currently ‘coordinating chair’ of the EIP-Agri Focus Group 31, addressing the minimisation of waste on the farm, with particular emphasis on optimising operational efficiency through ‘digital agriculture’. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org