Ciara McDonagh has worked with Teagasc for 14 years and plays an integral role in the food industry development programme, providing direct technology development support to the food processing industry through product development, contract research, training, consultancy and information services. Whilst her original research interests lay in meat science, Ciara has worked on a number of EU and nationally funded projects involved in the development of best practice methods for successful technology transfer.
Working with the Technology Transfer Office, Ciara has developed the Teagasc Portfolio of Technologies to ensure the early transfer to industry of knowledge generated from the extensive food research programme.She has also organised a series of high profile events to showcase these technologies to industry.
Ciara’s manages the newly established Customer Relationship Management programme within Teagasc, which has been developed to support interactions with industry, streamline information exchange and ensure innovation needs are being met.
The diversity of Ciara’s role has also led to her involvement in the UK-Ireland Food Business Innovation Initiative, working on developing actions to support innovation, research and development and boost competitiveness in the UK and Ireland agri-food sectors.