Don't forget the conference dinner! 

Make sure you sign up to the conference dinner on the Wednesday night. We will be dandering over to Molly's Yard to be treated to the best of Northern Irish produce (and possibly a couple more drinks). This will be a fantastic opportunity to chat to other delegates in an informal setting. For more information on the restaurant visit:


From their website:

"Located in the heart of Queen's University Quarter, Molly's Yard is a Belfast restaurant with such a disarmingly relaxed and familiar charm that once inside you feel far from the madding crowd. Molly’s Yard is housed in the converted Victorian stables and courtyard of College Green House and serves superior but unpretentious Modern Irish cuisine."



Five reasons to come to the BESAeG Annual Conference

Belfast 15th – 16th April 2015


 1.     Belfast - A City of Quarters

Belfast is made up of four Quarters each oozing with history and culture. From the Titanic Quarter in the dockyards of east Belfast, so named for it is the birthplace of the world’s most infamous ship, to the Cathedral Quarter in the city centre, a vibrant hub for nightlife, restaurant and the arts, Belfast is fast becoming a major international tourist destination. Whilst only recently losing the title of the most bombed hotel in the world, although still boasting the top spot within Europe, Belfast was recently voted the 2nd safest city in the world to be a tourist. 


 2.     Queen’s University Belfast

Set in the leafy thoroughfares of South Belfast, Queen’s University boasts some of the city’s finest architecture, including the Lanyon building in which the BESAeG conference will be held. However, it’s not just excellent architecture that makes Queen’s, indeed the recent REF report placed the University number 1 in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science. The Institute of Global Food Security was instrumental to Queen's achieving this top recommendation. We are very excited to welcome the Institute Director Professor Chris Elliott to tell us more about the institute’s research in April. 

 The view from the Canada Room

3.     A land Of Agriculture

Northern Ireland, like much of the UK, is dominated by an agricultural landscape. In fact you don’t have to wonder far from the city centre to find yourself immersed in beautiful countryside of Counties Down and Antrim. The importance of agriculture in Northern Ireland is reflected in the student population at Queen’s, with much of its demographic coming from farming backgrounds. Something that no doubt contributed to the universities performance in the recent REF report. 


4.     Our Plenary Speakers

With experts in agricultural sustainability, global food security and high nature value farming, we are very pleased to welcome to the BESAeG a high calibre of plenary speakers with such a diverse background in the field of agricultural ecology. For more details of our plenary speakers please see our Scientific Programme.

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5.     The ‘Craic’

The Irish are famous for it! With a pub on every corner and friendly locals at the bar you won’t be short of a good craic at this year’s BESAeG meeting. What’s more, with a diverse group of agricultural ecologists, crop scientists, conservationists, industry professionals and policy makers, the mixture is bound to be potent. Take advantage of our conference social and come along to the conference dinner and pub quiz where the craic is sure to be mighty!


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Special Offers

Everyone coming along to the conference will be able to take advantage of these special offers courtesy of Visit Belfast: Conference delegate offers