Dr Sean Brady, DPTC Chair, Dr Mary Shire, Vice President for Research at UL, Padraig McPhillips, CEO DPTC and Aidan Cotter, CEO Bord Bia at the first Knowledge Day of the Dairy Processing Technology Centre.
Recently over 150 delegates from Industry and Academia attended the Analog Devices Building at UL for the first Knowledge Day of the Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). Dr Sean Brady, Chair, DPTC – (an Enterprise Ireland and Dairy Industry supported Technology Centre) – welcomed all delegates to the event. University of Limerick are the host Centre for the DPTC. The DPTC has a total of 9 Research Performing Organisations engaged in the delivery of its research programmes. There are 8 of the major dairy companies investing in the initiative: Arrabawn Co-op, Aurivo, Carbery, Dairygold, Glanbia, Kerry, Tipperary Co-Op and Lakeland. The members were updated by the Research Principal Investigators on progress across the DPTC research programmes.
Welcoming the delegates to the Knowledge Day of the DPTC, Mr Aidan Cotter, CEO, Bord Bia, outlined the ‘Market Opportunities for Irish Dairy’. He said the event provided ‘a unique opportunity to Irish academics and Industry businesses to exchange knowledge and practices, within a collaborative environment. This openness is a culture that, is actively fostered by the DPTC, and is of critical importance to the future development of the dairy sector.
CEO of the DPTC, Padraig McPhillips outlined the progress to date from the collaborative efforts of all DPTC partners. He emphasised the level of engagement required by all partners to successfully deliver applied research solutions to the industry. “Today is an opportunity to interact with all of the DPTC projects in one location. I encourage all attendees to fully participate in today’s event and to take this opportunity to engage with the projects and to exchange ideas and suggestions on how they can be enhanced.”
According to Dr Mary Shire, VP Research at University of Limerick where the DPTC is hosted, “the DPTC is a collaboration which brings together a spectrum of companies working collaboratively with academics drawn from a wide variety of disciplines. The challenges faced by the Dairy industry require an interdisciplinary approach if they are to be solved. The University of Limerick has experience of successfully leading multi partner interdisciplinary research centres and is delighted to be hosting the DPTC”.