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APC engaging peers and the public


APC’s Education and Public Engagement team have had a busy few months.

  • BIG Event/ STEM Communicators Conference at W5 Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast

APC hosted a workshop “All about Microbes: from the Microbiome to Antimicrobial Resistance” and brought along our Alimentary Adventures inflatable.

  • Physiology 2016

John Cryan delivered the plenary and public lecture “More than a gut feeling: Microbiome as a key regulator of brain & behaviour” to a packed audience of more than 1,200 people at  Physiology 2016 (a joint symposium of the Physiological Society and the American Physiological Society with an attendance of 1,200 from all over the globe). Alimentary Adventures was also in attendance and was very well received.


  • National Ploughing Championships

283,000 people attended Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show over 3 days and APC was delighted to be part of SFI’s marquee where we had hands-on testing of sugar concentration in drinks, displays of kefir and antimicrobials and engaged the public and the Minister’s taste buds in some tasting of cheese made from milks from cows with different feeding regimes. Thank you to SFI staff who provided tours of our Alimentary Adventures inflatable digestive system over the three days.

  • Science Week

APC was a partner in a very successful Cork Science Festival which hosted more than 100 events throughout the city and county from 11-20th November and attended by approx 10,000 people.   Several thousand people attended the Celebrate Science Open Day in UCC and a Community Festival of  Science at Neptune Stadium on Sundays 13 & 20th November.

Susan Joyce provided insight into how the microbiome and health of 19th century prisoners would have been affected by their diet in “after dark” tours of Cork City Gaol. Olivia O’Leary participated in a panel discussion on anxiety after the film “Fragility” as part of Cork Film Festival. Elaine Patterson and Ruairi Robertson provided diners insight into the microbiome and diet at a dinner at Dylan McGrath’s top restaurant rustic Stone in Dublin organised by Science Foundation Ireland for Science Week.  Orla O’Sullivan and John Cryan featured in the Irish Star

Photo: Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with Dr Elaine Patterson, APC Microbiome Institute, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark.