Find out which of our stories have been making local, national & international news headlines
News that two new PhD places were to be funded at Queen's in the areas of agricultural & environmental sustainability, by the farmer-funded research organisation AgriSearch, was covered in the local farming media, including Farm Week, Farming Life and the News Letter.
Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish government, Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, delivered the IGFS Annual Lecture, emphasising a 'One Health' approach to livestock science. The event picked up coverage in the agri media including local (News Letter, Farming Life, Farm Week); national (Agriland.ie, Agriland.co.uk, British Farming Forum on Facebook) and international (MeatManagement.com).
News that Dr Simon Doherty has been appointed to a senior post at the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association picked up good coverage in the veterinary and agricultural media as well as significant traction on social media.
Coverage included Vet Record (UK); Vet Times (UK); Farming Life; News Letter; Farm Week; Newtownards Chronicle and the Twitter post on the story was 'Tweet of the Month' with over 2,000 impressions.
News that Dr Gareth Arnott was appointed to the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) which advises the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as well as the Scottish and Welsh devolved governments, was well received in the regional and national media.
Coverage included BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, Farm Week, Farming Life, Agriland.co.uk, Agriland.ie, British Farmers' Forum on Facebook and meatmanagement.co.uk
Sustainability research under the Queen's-AFBI Alliance landed some major, international funding and this good news was covered in national titles like The Herald (Scotland); Agriland (ROI & UK versions) and British Farming Forum on Facebook as well as regional titles like Farm Week and Farming Life.
December was a busy month for news from IGFS. Other stories that did well were:
How 'green' is your Chrismtas Tree?
This article by Dr Paul Caplat from the Ecology cluster of IGFS. originally published on The Conversation website, was picked up by national outlets including BBC Online, RTE 1's primetime Drivetime programme and www.ecotricity.co.uk and performed strongly on social media, picking up the highest engagement rate for the month on the SBS Twitter account.
Leading agrifood businesswoman appointed honorary professor
News that Ursula Lavery from Moy Park has been appointed Professor of Practice at IGFS and SBS made local headlines including Farming Life, Farm Week, the News Letter, Meat Management and www.BuyNIFood.com
It also generated very strong engagement on LinkedIn with the announcement attracting just under 4,000 impressions and around 100 engagements.
New partnership between STEMM and the arts takes root
The announcement of a collaboration between IGFS, SBS and local arts organisation, Quotidian, created a buzz on social media, taking the 'Top Media Tweet of the month' title on the IGFS Twitter account as well as 'Top Tweet of the month' on SBS Twitter.
News that researchers from IGFS, AFBI and UCD have come together for a unique, all-island push on tackling Bovine TB, with an emphasis on nutrition and particularly Vitamin D, picked up solid media coverage on both sides of the Irish border.
Regional, national and international media coverage included the Irish Farmers' Journal, AlphaGalileo, Farm Week, Farming Life, Veterinary News (UK), British Farming Forum on Facebook, BBC Radio Ulster and Medical News Australia. Full report (25+ items) available from email@example.com
News that a major project, Re-Livestock, funded by EU Horizon 2020, will bring together researchers from Europe and Australia to explore ways of tackling climate change in livestock farming, made international headlines among the online scientific and academic community.
Websites picking up the news included www.fibl.org, www.iamz.ciheam.org, www.cepsa.com, www.cordis.europa.eu, www.wur.nl, www.anas.it, www.circularfoodsystems.org, www.pic.com
News that honorary IGFS & SBS Professor John Gilliland was appointed to a high-level EU Mission Board on soil health generated strong media coverage in the agricultural and mainstream press.
Local coverage included Farm Week, Derry Journal, Farming Life and News Letter while international coverage included India Education Diary and siliconrepublic.com.
News that Finnebrogue Artisan food company generously pledged a bursary in memory of their late founder, Mr Denis Lynn, secured solid local and national coverage including Mail Online, New Food magazine, Food Matters Live, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News, Ulster Grocer, Farm Week and Farming Life.
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News that IGFS and the School of Biological Sciences are to play a leading role in a new, government-backed UK network to accelerate the agrifood industry towards Net Zero picked up solid, NI and UK media coverage, including BBC Radio Ulster, Ulster Grocer, Food Matters Live, Belfast Telegraph, British Farming Forum on Facebook, Agriland and Farm Week.
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May was a very busy month for communications with a lot of news stories going out from, and events happening, at IGFS and the School of Biological Sciences - including the amazing news that IGFS & the School of Biological Sciences scored No 1 in the UK in the independent REF university-ranking exercise.
The launch of the Centre of Excellence for Agriculture & Food Integrity - a partnership between IGFS and the UK's National Measurement Laboratory - attracted solid national and international coverage, including Gov.uk; Thai News Service; Mirage News Australia; ForeignAffairs.co.nz; and Feed Navigator.
Honorary Professor John Gilliland's Inaugural Lecture also garnered widespread coverage in the NI mainstream and agricultural media, including Farm Week, BBC Radio Ulster, Agriland, Farming Life, the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish Farmers' Journal.
News of Dr Elizabeth Magowan's honorary professorships at IGFS was picked up by a range of local, national and international outlets including The Farmer (UK); The Herald Ghana; British Farming Forum on Facebook; Veterinary Times (UK) and Farm Week.
News that IGFS and the School of Biological Sciences (in which IGFS is anchored) scored No 1 in the UK in the independent REF assessment of research quality at UK universities was covered by Food Matters Live; the Irish Farmers' Journal; BBC Online; the NI Chamber of Commerce; and Veterinary Today.
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A CIEL report - written by experts including from the Institute for Global Food Security and our strategic partners AFBI - that found that GHG emissions could be reduced significantly towards Net Zero if widescale mitigations were adopted across UK farms garnered solid coverage in the local and national agricultural media.
Coverage included Farmers' Weekly, FeedNavigator, ENP Newswire, Pig World, Agriland and The Farmer. Full report available from email@example.com
A letter published in The Lancet by a number of food-integrity experts, including Professor Chris Elliott of IGFS, questioned the latest data around the health benefits (or otherwise) of eating unprocessed red meat.
It gained widespread coverage including The Times, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, The Grocer, Farming UK and Agriland.co.uk
Also this month, news of an all-Ireland food integrity hub, FOOD-I - in which IGFS will play a leading role - picked up widespread national coverage including Alpha Galileo; the Belfast Telegraph; the Irish Times; Farm Week; and Dairy Industry International.
News of a research paper led by Dr Ryan McGuire of IGFS and co-authored by prominent UK campaigner Lord Donald Curry of Kirkharle, arguing that investment in the quality of UK soils and peatlands could significantly boost the de-carbonisation of agriculture, generated widespread coverage in both mainstream and agricultural media.
Titles covering the soil research included Agriland.co.uk; the Ghana Herald; Business News Wales; Food and Drink Business Europe; and India Education Diary.
An IGFS response to an Independent Strategic Review of the Northern Ireland Agri-food Sector by Sir Peter Kendall also picked up solid coverage including the British Farming Forum on Facebook; Agriland.co.uk; and Food and Beverage News.
International research in which our colleague Professor Aedin Cassidy participated - which evidenced a link between foods containing flavonoids and a reduced mortality risk for sufferers of Parkinson's disease - gained widespread, global coverage including Science Daily; Asian News International; EurekAlert and Medical XPress.
A follow-up Queen's University news release generated over 30 items of regional and national coverage including Mail Online; the Irish Daily Mail; the Irish Sun; the Irish Independent; Newstalk FM; the Irish News; U105 and Highland Radio.
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The biggest hitter of the year so far, coverage of our research into feeding cows seaweed to reduce methane emissions, led by Prof Sharon Huws, garnered over 350 items of national and international coverage, including TIME magazine, AOL, Yahoo! Canada, The Independent, The Times, Mail Online, BBC Radio 4 and The Grocer.
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News of the honorary professorship awarded to Dr John Gilliland of Devenish Nutrition also picked up local, national and international coverage, paritcularly across the agriculture and agrifood media, including Farm Week, Farming Life, Irish Farmers' Journal as well as the Derry Journal and The (Ghana) Herald.
News that Dr Julia Sigwart and team discovered a new breed of oyster and named it, plus launched a campaign to protect it and other important marine life in Malaysia, picked up solid coverage including Press Association, Yahoo!Canada, ITV, the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish News as well as media outlets in Malaysia.
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News that Dr Katerina Theodoridou's research into whether feeding ruminant livestock willow silage could mitigate against methane and ammonia emmissions, a project carried out in partnership with AFBI NI, picked up local, national and international coverage including the Farmers' Guardian, Agriland, the Herald Ghana, indianarrative.com and Feed Navigator.
Research led by Professor Aedin Cassidy of IGFS, revealing a link between flavonoid consumption (red wine, berries, etc), the gut microbiome and blood pressure, received excellent, international media coverage (over 200 items).
Coverage to date includes The Independent; The Times; TheWashingtonTime.com; the International Business Times (India edition); Sky News; Yahoo! New Zealand; SydneyNewsToday.com; The Independent; BBC Radio 4; The Irish Times; The Daily Mail; and Yahoo! Canada (full list available from IGFS Comms Officer Una Bradley email@example.com)
IGFS in the headlines
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