Iascaigh Mhara Announce Exciting Line up for National Seafood Conference
in association with SeaFest 2017
Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Irelands Seafood Development Agency,
is delighted to announce an exciting and busy programme for the
agencys National Seafood Conference Winning in a Changing
Environment that will take place on the 29th June in the Radisson
Blu Hotel, Galway.
must attend industry conference will be officially opened by the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and expertly moderated
by Gavin Duffy of RTEs Dragons Den.
OToole, BIMs Chief Executive outlines what delegates
can expect from the conference; This conference will challenge
our diverse industry to consider the direction of their business
and the overall sector in light of current challenges. We have engaged
a broad range of experts and opinion leaders to deliver invaluable
insights around our core priorities of Skills, Sustainability, Innovation
and Competitiveness from an Irish and International perspective.
We are looking forward to a productive conference that will allow
us to strengthen our collective position as we continue to adapt
to changing circumstances and look to secure the long term viability
of Irelands €1 billion seafood industry.
BIM Conference will start at 11.00am with a plenary session on Innovation.
Delegates will hear how Norway is leading the way in seafood innovation
from Øvyind Fylling-Jensen, Chief Executive of Norwegian
research agency Nofima and from Aidan McHugh of Eaton Square who
will demonstrate how seafood companies can make Innovation work
Seafood Industry has made significant progress in the area of sustainability
across all sectors in recent years. Gilles Doignon, Communications
Officer with the European Commission (DG Mare) will demonstrate
how communicating about sustainability through the Farming
in the EU campaign has transformed public attitudes across
the EU. Andrew Mullins from Bord Bia will provide an update on how
seafood is an integral part of the food portfolio in the Origin
Green programme and how sustainability plans such as BIMs
Responsibly Sourced Standard are contributing to our progress in
Joanne Fearon, Food and Nutritional Sciences in University College
Cork will show how investing in targeted skills and education in
the Agri-Food sector pays dividends with a focus on her extensive
experience in this field including the Department of Agriculture,
Food and the Marines Graduate Development Programme which
has provided industry specific training and development to over
1,800 young researchers to date. To bring this into perspective,
Olivia Slevin, who is assisting BIM, will present on the future
changes planned to build the sectors skills and training capability.
Robinson from Deloitte will focus on how seafood companies can prepare
and re-focus business plans faced with competitive challenges including
Brexit. As the industry looks to the future, technology is a critical
part of any business and will become increasingly important for
our seafood industry as Ireland looks to stay ahead of its competitors.
Digital Communications expert, Wayne Denner will reveal how key
technologies will enable seafood companies to access new markets
and increase market share.
to the BIM Conference, there will be a Brexit Discussion on the
potential implications for the Seafood Sector, hosted by the Minister.
Further details on this event will be announced shortly.
book your place at the Ministers Pre Conference Brexit Session
and the BIM Winning in a Changing Environment conference,
please visit www.bim.ie
National Seafood Conference is being held in association with SeaFest,
an annual maritime festival that includes the Marine Industry Awards
(29th June, Radisson Blu Hotel), Our Ocean Wealth business conference
(Friday 30th June, NUI Galway) and a family festival to include
the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience on the 30th June 2nd
July at the docks in Galway. For more information, please visit