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Food Research Showcase takes place at Grangegorman

Posted: 20 May, 2016

The first gathering of researchers took place in the new Greenway Hub on the DIT campus at Grangegorman yesterday, hosted by the Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute (ESHI).

The Food & Health Research Centre, one of the research groups within ESHI, consolidates research across DIT in the fields of Process Analytical Technology Solutions; Novel Foods and Culinary Innovation; Food Safety and Preservation; Functional Ingredients for Health; and Public Health Nutrition Policy.

The Research Centre is growing rapidly and has been awarded more than €6.2 Million in project funding over the last 5 year.  WIth more than 50 postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the Centre’s publications are listed in the top 1% in the World in the field of Agricultural Sciences. The students undertaking PhD research are funded by a number of agencies including DIT under its Fiosraigh programme, the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

More than 100 researchers, students and representatives of funding agencies attended the showcase which was followed by presentations on the Food & Health Research Centre by Dr Jesus Frias, Assistant Head of the School, Food Science & Environmental Health.

National funding organisations and Horizon 2020 representatives provided information on forthcoming opportunities for researchers working in these fields and DIT would like to thank Bernard Harris, (DAFM), Dr Elaine Groom (NICP), James Conway (DAFM), Dr Dorothy Stewart (EPA), and Dr Stephen O’Driscoll (SFI) for their time, insights and strategic advice.