Minister for Agriculture meets IAPB team

9 Mar
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr Michael Creed T.D. meets with the IAPB team. (l-r) Ms. Norma Cotter, IAPB; Dr Eoin Lettice, IAPB Treasurer and School of BEES, UCC; Minister Creed; Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich, IAPB President and School of BEES, UCC.

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has met with the International Association for Plant Biotechnology team at University College Cork, Ireland and has been updated on progress towards the 14th quadrennial IAPB congress being held in Dublin in August.

The Minister, Mr. Michael Creed T.D. met with the IAPB team in Cork this week.

“I was delighted to meet with Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich, Dr Eoin Lettice and Ms Norma Cotter from University College Cork and be updated on preparations for the 14th Quadrennial Plant Biotechnology Congress which will be held in Dublin in August” said Minister Creed.

“The IAPB team have already done a huge amount of work in terms of the organisation, planning and promotion of the congress with the outline programme and impressive list of keynote speakers already in place.   The congress affords an opportunity to showcase world-class research in the area of biotechnology that recognises that the three pillars of sustainability - social, economic and environmental - are equally important.”

“I can assure all relevant stakeholders, including academia, research institutes, industry and NGOs, will be warmly welcomed to what promises be a highlight of the scientific calendar and an opportunity for vibrant discussion around these key global issues” said Minister Creed.

A range of exciting keynote speakers have already been announced for IAPB2018 including a former scientific advisor to former US President Barack Obama, Prof. Roger Beachy and 2009 Nobel Prize winner Prof. Ada Yonath. A full list of keynote speakers can be found at

The deadline for submitting abstracts for IAPB 2018 has been extended to March 16th 2018.

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