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AFGDP welcomes Minister Michael Creed to speak to PhD researchers

UCD Institute of Food and Health Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine visited the UCD Institute of Food and Health at UCD Science Centre Belfield. Photo; Johnny Bambury-Fennell Photography

Dr John Finn, Prof Dolores O’Riordan,
Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Julie Dowsett, Dr Joanne Fearon and Prof Alan Kelly.
Photo; Johnny Bambury-Fennell Photography

By Julie Dowsett Programme Manager AFGDP

I was delighted that Minister Michael Creed TD accepted our invitation to address our PhD researchers at our AFGDP module on Science Writing and Research Integrity held last week in the impressive Science Centre at UCD, and great to see us feature in his weekly diary on Facebook  http://bit.ly/2qVXLQM.

My visit to UCD in the afternoon served as another reminder to me that I am working in an industry that boasts some of the most talented young people in the Country. Its easy to have confidence in a sector underpinned by such knowledge, innovation and passion.

The 3 day module kicked off with a day long workshop on presenting skills delivered by Patrick Sutton Director of the Gaiety School of Acting and Dr Niamh Shaw who herself did a PhD in Food Science and now has a career in public speaking. The feedback from this session was really positive as researchers developed confidence in being able to stand up in front of people to talk. They learned a template of presenting that they could apply to any situation or audience.

Dr Pam Byrne, Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority Of Ireland, gave a very well received authentic talk about the importance of having integrity throughout your career.  Several researchers cited this talk as being the highlight of the 3 days.

Dr John Finn and Professor Alan Kelly developed an interesting programme on Research Integrity and invited Dr Maura Hiney from the HRB to give a really comprehensive overview of the development of codes of conduct for research. Many of these resources can be found online at www.allea.org and www.iua.ie.

The final day was a focus on science writing, authorship, how to submit and where to submit an article.

This module is always popular and fills up quickly. Keep an eye on the website www.afgdp.ie to see some great new modules we have just opened for application and look forward to seeing you at one!

Some testimonials below from Science writing and Presenting Skills module 31 May – 2 June 2017

‘Thank you for organising a fantastic three days. I enjoyed every minute of the module and I feel that I will become a better researcher and communicator because of it’.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects and it was great to meet other students in the same research field’.

‘I can honestly say that taking this module has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done since starting my PhD’.

‘In a word, this module was amazing. It has definitely been the most intellectually and practically productive course that I have participated in since starting my PhD’.

UCD Institute of Food and Health Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine visited the UCD Institute of Food and Health at UCD Science Centre Belfield. Photo; Johnny Bambury-Fennell Photography

Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine visited the AFGDP module on Science Writing and Research Integrity held in UCD Science Centre Belfield.
Photo; Johnny Bambury-Fennell Photography

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