What motivated you to bid for this international conference?
We wanted to highlight the fact that Teagasc
has a significant programme in this area and raise its profile in this research.
What was the conference about?
The European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming brings together the world of specialists in Precision Livestock Farming and provides an opportunity to researchers, industry personnel and all stakeholders to build connections and get insight into the most recent research and developments.
In your opinion, why was Ireland successful in securing this conference?
There was an official bidding process in which applicants had to present a proposal — this covered scientific aspects, transport possibilities, the good local airport, the funding and support available and the suitability of the location, e.g. a university.
What went into the event preparations, and what supports did you receive?
We began the preparatory work around 18 months in advance of the event. We received funding for travel to the preceding conference in Nantes to bid for the conference, together with travel funding for two members of the EAPLF to visit Cork for a site inspection — this amounted to €1,850. Conference support of €2,600 was available as well when the conference was deemed to be successful. All told, that was a total of €4,450 in supports.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of hosting an international conference?
Start preparations early, have sufficient help and proceed with detailed protocols and systems for each aspect of the conference.
Three reasons why this conference was successful?
Good advertising; good sponsorship; good conference partners.
What is Ireland’s legacy from hosting this international conference?
Teagasc is now on the research map in relation to precision technologies for agriculture and has had its status as a research centre heightened as a result.
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