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Our Mission

The Agriculture & Bioeconomy Research Centre (ABC), is an interdisciplinary research centre comprising researchers, research groups, companies, and institutions sharing a common interest in fostering and promoting agriculture and bioeconomy research and innovation.

A unifying theme of the ABC is the promotion of agriculture and bio-economy research and innovation for sustainable development to meet social and economic challenges in Ireland, the EU, and internationally (including in developing countries).

The activities of the ABC are interconnected via a number of cross-cutting themes, namely the promotion of:

Sustainability: The research and innovation activities of the ABC aim to promote or enhance sustainability (economic, social, and environmental).

Diversity: The research and innovation activities of the ABC aim to promote forms and applications of diversity that can enhance human wellbeing.

Discovery: The research and innovation activities of the ABC are strongly driven by a discovery quest for new knowledge, particularly forms of knowledge that can contribute to sustainable development.

Innovation: The activities of the ABC aim to facilitate innovations in the broadest sense (i.e. that provide renewed options or approaches for problem-solving), particularly the promotion of disruptive or "game-changing" innovations that can offer new opportunities for addressing emerging challenges to sustainable development.

A major aim of the ABC is to facilitate the development of a "Community of Practice" in relation to plant and agricultural biosciences where research and innovation practitioners can work together to generate novel knowledge, products, and services that can facilitate sustainable development. Overall, the ABC aims to promote social, commercial, and economic entrepreneurship that can contribute to human wellbeing and sustainable development.