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Principal Partner

Moy Park is one of the UK’s top 15 food companies, Northern Ireland’s largest private sector business and one of Europe’s leading poultry producers.

We supply branded and own label chicken products to leading retailers and foodservice providers throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe and we are the industry leading manufacturer of organic, free-range and higher welfare chicken and turkey.

Moy Park may be best known for fresh, locally sourced poultry but we also produce beef products, vegetarian products like spring rolls and onion rings and desserts including donuts and apple pies.

Nobel Partner

Envirotech Innovative Products Ltd. t/a Auranta is an innovative biotech company based in Ireland, founded by Dr. Pat Ward and Mr. John Cullen in 2013. The core products are a range of complimentary animal feeds which are high in natural antioxidants and promote gut health.

Auranta has demonstrated the capability of its core products to boost gut health, immunity and performance in ruminants, poultry and pigs. The core Auranta branded range currently includes AuraCalf, AuraShield and AuraPoultry products, in liquid and powder formats. EIP follows a science based approach and collaborates closely with a number of agricultural research institutions and universities to develop and test its products. It continues to develop animal gut health products for new markets and applications.

Associate Partners

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was set up in 2002 following a series of food crises with the aim to restore consumers’ confidence in the EU food safety system. EFSA provides scientific advice and communicates on potential risks along the entire food and feed chain. EFSA’s scientific remit covers consumers’ field-to-fork concerns to protect public, plant and animal health as well as the environment. EFSA evaluates the safety of substances intended to be used in the food and feed chain e.g. pesticides, GMOs, food ingredients and packaging, and gives scientific advice on animal welfare.
AFBI is a multi-disciplinary scientific research Institute carrying out research & development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions for Government departments, public bodies and commercial companies.

AFBI’s main work areas:

  • Improvements to animal production
    Driving improvements in agricultural production and sustainable livestock systems
  • Animal and plant health
    AFBI monitors & manages animal & plant health and supply chains for societal benefits
  • Natural and marine environment
    AFBI research is supporting the protection of the natural and marine environment through research

Queen’s University Belfast is at the forefront of addressing one of the greatest global challenges – how to ensure the safety of our food.

 Food Science at Queen’s was rated No 1 in the UK in the latest REF exercise – an independent assessment of research-intensiveness at UK universities carried out in 2014.

 IGFS has a close relationship with the local, national and international agri-food industry, partnering on many research projects in order to better meet the needs of society and consumers.

 The Institute for Global Food Security takes a holistic approach to food security challenges, encompassing cutting-edge research activities right across the spectrum of food security, going beyond the ‘farm to fork’ strategy, spanning soil to society using scientific discovery to advance food security recovery  – encompassing the environment-farm-food-nutrition-health-economics-policy landscape. IGFS is redefining global food security research.


Don Whitley Scientific Limited is a leading international manufacturer of anaerobic and microaerobic workstations, jars and jar gassing systems.

Our workstations have been designed to enable clinicians and researchers to cultivate bacteria in a controlled, oxygen-free environment.  With such exact control of chamber atmosphere, temperature and humidity, work can be performed with precision and confidence.  Options, accessories and consumables, such as the Whitley Anaerobic Conditions Monitoring System and Instant Access Porthole System, are also available

The Milner Genomics Centre provides genome sequencing and analysis for evolution research including how do pathogens emerge and spread? What are the factors that promote the evolution of virulence? How does host adaptation influence disease transmission? We conduct rapid, competitively priced, genome sequencing, assembly and database archiving/analysis, both collaboratively and as a service. We collaborate with the public sector, academia and industry. We welcome opportunities to support your projects, offering expert advice and technical support.

Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607; Impact Factor 4.167) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal which provides an advanced forum for studies related to prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, viruses and prions. It publishes reviews, research papers and communications.

The main driver of Applied Maths, a bioMérieux company, is enabling the scientific world to manage, analyze and discover its microbiological data in the most extensive way.

By serving our global customers with the industry’s most comprehensive software packages and web-based applications – combined with top-level support and in-depth microbiological knowledge – we contribute to our customers’ expertise and long-term success.


Poster Prizes

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies is leading the way in promoting excellence and equality in science, and in channelling high quality knowledge to solving today’s societal problems around microbiology. It does this by funding research, publishing journals, organizing collaborative projects and partnering with other organizations.



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