27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting 17th-21st June

Excitement is tillering for the 27th biennial European Grassland Federation General meeting, where Ireland will, after a long hiatus, once again play host to this prestigious event. The last time Ireland hosted the event was in Dublin 30 years ago.
Associations, institutions and individuals interested in grassland issues from more than 30 European member countries will descend on Douglas, Co.Cork. Rochestown Park Hotel will act as the hub for this meeting, while specialised mid week conference tours will provide the opportunity for delegates to experience multiple diverse venues throughout Co. Cork.
Fostering collaboration, and the exchange of ideas among young professionals, the European Grassland Federation (EGF) members raise new challenges for grassland use, by identifying research questions and initiating research. The EGF facilitates networking structured by geographical and climate regions, while events such as this allowed EGF to also promotes young scientists and honours individuals characterized by special merit to grassland research.

Sunday the 17th will kick off with a pair of interesting working groups, “Sensing in grassland and forage science and practice” at 13:00 pm catches the eye as potentially the highlight of the first day for Agmet enthusiasts.

Climate change has become a big topic within the community, what to expect, and how to adapt to it. Theme 3  throughout the conference has a keen eye on Climate and the Environment with regard to grassland systems. With this in mind, here are some of the highlights of the rest of the conference.

Monday June 18th
10:30 am-12:30 pm– Parallel Sessions
Theme 3 -Environmental influences on grassland systems –consequences of climate change, mitigation strategies, and impacts on ecosystems

Tuesday June 19th
Mid conference farm tours with an emphasis on sustainability.

Wednesday June 20th
08:30–09:30am –Plenary papers
The carbon sequestration of grassland soils – climate change and mitigation strategies
Klumpp, K. and Fornara, D.A

10.20 am -12.30 pm Parallel Sessions
Theme 1 -Resilient plants for grass based ruminant production
systems, adapting grassland systems to the dynamics of climate and resource availability

15:45 -17:30 pm Parallel Sessions
Theme 3 -Environmental influences on grassland systems –consequences of climate change, mitigation strategies, and impacts on ecosystems

Thursday June 21st events will wrap up in the early afternoon following the last round of morning workshops.

 

We welcome all coming from near and far and wish every success to all associated with this event.

Check out the full schedule of events and all necessary details on the Event web page EGF 2018

Registration
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