For Science Week 2016 (November 13th-20th) Teagasc is hosting one of 11 Science Foundation Ireland-funded Science Week Festivals – the ‘Festival of Farming & Food’.

Teagasc research centres invite local schools and members of the public to learn about the work Teagasc does in science-based innovation in agriculture and food, using new technologies in plant and animal genomics, food processing and precision agriculture.

On Tuesday, November 15th ‘Understanding the Irish Dairy Industry’ at Teagasc, Moorepark, will give local secondary students the opportunity to use microscopic tools in the Food Research centre, and will see some of the key technologies that underpin dairy farming in the Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation Centre, including a tour of the research lab.

They will also get an opportunity to see the animals on the farm. Students will see how science contributes to making Ireland a world leader in the agricultural sector. In keeping with the Science Rising theme, students will get an insight into how milking and butter making methods were modernised with practical demonstrations.

Students will also learn about how microbiology and food safety have progressed, and see food microstructure and how that relates to the food experience in the microscopy lab.

This year’s Science Week theme is ‘Science Rising’ – focusing on the progression of scientific technologies over the last 100 years in agriculture, food processing, nutrition, and food safety. Teagasc centres will explore how traditional methods of the agri-food industry have developed over time, and will showcase current technologies used in agri-food research.

For full details of the Festival of Faming and Food events see: