Upcoming events


  • 12-15 Nov 2018- Fall Forum: The 6th AFBI-initiated Fall Forum comes back to Belfast in 2018. Bringing together the top echelons of agri-research scientists from the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US, along with representatives from NZ and Australia for twhat promises to be the biggest meeeting yet. This event serves to explore the latest developments and agri-food challenges which can be addressed through research and innovation.
  • 21 Nov 2018- Beef Conference: AFBI, along with CAFRE, the UFU, LMC and National Beef Association are organising an all-day conference for beef farmers to highlight best practice and the results of the latest production and animal health research.
  • 13 Dec 2018- RUAS Winter Fair: AFBI will be out in force at the RUAS Winter Dairy Fair, promoting the work of our dairy scientists, animal health, soils and plant experts, all of which will help visitors with improving their farm productivity.

Earlier events

  • 3 Oct 2018 - AFBI Postgraduate Showcase 'The Future': This event provided a forum where post-grad researchers, practitioners, industry leaders and policy makers could promote, interact and discuss the cutting edge research ongoing within AFBI. The conference programme was designed to facilitate both formal and informal interactions among all participants.  Oral and poster sessions were presented providing the conference attendees the opportunity to interact with colleagues and researchers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
  • 6 Jun 2018- Dairy Open Day:  AFBI held a major Dairy Open Day at Hillsborough, with the theme of Dairy Innovation 2018 - Profiting from AFBI Research. Run in partnership with AgriSearch and CAFRE, it featured current research work at AFBI in support of the dairy sector.  The event will provide visitors with the opportunity to view the latest research and to discuss how AFBI scientists are using the latest technologies to find new ways of optimising farming practices.

A full page of information devoted to the Dairy Open Day event can be found here

  • 7 Jun 2018- Open Meeting: AFBI hosted a stakeholder Open Day at Hillsborough which highlighted a selection of new research being undertaken at the Institute as well as a meet the scientist event following the formal proceedings.  
  • 16-19 May- Balmoral Show 2018 Northern Ireland's biggest agricultural and rural life event took place this year over 4 days at the Balmoral Park exhibition site. AFBI, as usual, was at the show promoting its science and how it benefits the NI agri-food industry. This year however, AFBI was out in force on its own stand for the first time, exhibiting independently as part of wider outreach activity. 
  • 13 Mar 2018- AFBI Outlook Conference: The second annual AFBI Outlook Conference will focus on recent developments in science which will have significant implications for the local and global agri-food sector. Key topics for discussion will include, Bovine Tuberculosis – Progress Towards a Science-Based Solution, Livestock Improvement Through Genetic Selection and the Power of Big Data and Science and Land Management - Opportunities to Deliver Sustainable Intensification. An agenda for the event can be viewed HERE This is your chance to hear about the latest developments in science and how these will shape the future of the local and global agri-food industry. The conference will run from 10am to 4pm at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. 
  • 06 Feb 2018- Schools Open Day at AFBI Hillsborough: Over 160 GCSE, BTEC and A-Level agriculture, and biological sciences students from schools and colleges across Northern Ireland descended on AFBI Hillsborough to see how Agricultural Research takes place, find out about the skills and education that our researchers and farm staff have and other careers available to them in this area. 
  • 14-17 Feb 2018- Northern Ireland Science Festival:
    RV Corystes: for 4 days the Research vessel will be open to welcome the public on board to see how and why we estimate fish populations and study the marine environment. 
    Roadshows: AFBI joined the NISF roving science roadshows across Northern Ireland again this year. AFBI were at Dungannon with our entomologists, Coleraine with our food researchers, Enniskillen and our freshwater fisheries scientists and concluded on the Sunday in Newry with our Plant Pathologists. Visitors to the AFBI stand found out what wasps are for, why food smells the way it does, what is swimming around in Lough Erne and why football stadia are looking to plant pathologists for help at the dawn of sport on 4K UHD TV!