CerealPath benefits enormously from the experience and expertise of the Programme Beneficiaries and Programme Partners. The Beneficiary organisations are the 'home' institutions for the Early Stage Researchers while the Programme Partners provide supports such as hosting for secondments.
University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. UCD is Ireland's largest and most diverse university with over 30,000 students, drawn from approximately 124 countries. It actively promotes university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery through its highly innovative and flexible UCD Horizons undergraduate curriculum and is the most popular destination for Irish school-leavers.
UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 8,000 graduate students, with almost a quarter being graduate research students. Over 50% of UCD undergraduates progress to graduate studies.
UCD is home to over 6,000 international students and delivers degrees to over 5,000 students on overseas campuses. In addition, the University places great emphasis on the internationalisation of the Irish student experience — preparing all UCD students for future employment and life that crosses borders, boundaries and cultures.
The John Innes Centre is an independent international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our innovative research generates knowledge of plants and microbes, and we apply this knowledge for the benefit of agriculture, the environment and human health and wellbeing. We train scientists for the future and engage with policy-makers and the public.
With over 12000 students, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, the Alma Mater Viridis, perceives itself as a teaching and research center for renewable resources, which are necessary for human life. It is BOKU's objective to help make a considerable contribution to the conservation and protection of resources for future generations by providing diversity in its fields of study. Connecting natural sciences, engineering and economic sciences, we wish to increase knowledge of the ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources, to provide a harmoniously cultivated landscape. BOKU has 1600 employees, among which more than 1000 work in science and education.
With almost 26,000 students and 527 full professors, UZH is by far the largest university of Switzerland, offering the broadest range of courses Swiss-wide. In the Shanghai Ranking 2013 for the best universities worldwide, UZH as a whole ranked on place 60, which exemplifies that UZH is one of the top institutions for education and research. Together with ETHZ, the region of Zuerich constitutes a very attractive area for students and researchers from all over the world. Consequently, the proportion of foreign students and professors is very high, especially in the area of Life Sciences and Agriculture, which ranks even better in the Shanghai Ranking (rank 27 in 2013) than UZH as a whole. With six professorships and a highly international scientific staff of roughly 150 persons, the Institute of Plant Biology (IPB) specializes mainly, but not exclusively, in the investigation of molecular aspects of plant physiology, plant development, and plant-pathogen interactions.
With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen (Københavns Universitet) is one of the largest and highest ranked institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. Research at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences is focuses on plants, animals, soil and microorganisms — from molecules through organisms to populations and anthropogenic ecosystems. We have a dynamic plant pathology research environment involving research groups in five sections across the department possessing expertise ranging from genome through molecule to the field.
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the oldest and highest ranked Irish university (QS World University Ranking). It is ranked 71st in the World across all indicators and 9th in Europe for Research Performance. Biology is ranked in the top 100. TCD has been an active participant in the Framework Programmes dating back to the very first programmes. The School of Natural Sciences, where the studentship is based, includes Botany, Zoology, Geography and Geology. It has close links with the School of Microbiology and Genetics.
Auranta is both the main product range and trading name of Envirotech Innovative Products Ltd. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Dublin, Ireland. We are focused on the development of natural, organic antimicrobial products as methods of sustainable microbial control for the food and agriculture sectors. Our products are based on patented combination of fruit extracts and organic acids. We are focused on three main product categories, food processing aids, animal feeds and pre-harvest treatments.
IPK Gatersleben is an internationally renowned centre for plant research. The research programme comprises fundamental and applied topics, and aims at understanding basic principles of plant performance and efficient utilization of plant genetic resources for sustainable agriculture. The institute holds the Federal ex-situ genebank for agricultural and horticultural plants, comprising plant genetic resources from more than 3,000 species of about 700 different plant genera totalling more than 147,000 accessions. IPK is a leading partner of the international consortium to sequence the barley genome and has a commitment to high-throughput phenomics and genomics.
Teagasc is the Irish agriculture and food development authority. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. We operate in partnership with all sectors of the agriculture industry to deliver research-based support to stakeholders through training networks.