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Healthy Horticulture

Healthy Business, Healthy Food, Healthy Activities This year we are excited to announce that the conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin, Northwood! The theme is Healthy Horticulture and the importance of horticulture in everyday life. The conference will take place during the day on Friday the 13th of October, followed by a Gala Dinner in the evening. We have also arranged industry visits for Saturday the 14th to give you more time to sight-see, network and learn from other professional horticulturists.

We are excited to introduce our fantastic line up of speakers presenting some fascinating talks with a range of topics that are sure to appeal to everyone. Once again chairing our conference will be TV Gardener and Broadcaster, David Domoney C Hort FCIHort. David is a Chartered Fellow of the institute and his passion and dedication makes him a fantastic advocate for horticulture. Ticket prices are as follows and you can now book, and pay, online!

Student ticket


Student ticket, includes the conference, gala dinner and industry visits

Member ticket


Member ticket, includes the conference, AGM, gala dinner and industry visits

Non-member ticket


Non-member ticket price, includes conference, gala dinner and industry visits

Full Programme

Friday 13th

9:00 Registration and coffee

10:30 Welcome
President Dr Owen Doyle

10:40 Future trends: Planning for a healthy business
Helen King Director of Insight and Innovation at Bord Bia

11:05 Plants for the future in a changed climate?
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Lecturer from University College Dublin

11:30 Refreshments – Meet the exhibitors

12.00 You are what you eat: The microbiome and health
Dr Fiona Crispie APC Microbiome Institute

12.30 A healthy career in horticulture Steven Thompson
Managing Director at Out There Services

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Headline Sponsor Introduction from Bord Bia

14:15 English top fruit
James Simpson Managing Director at Adrian Scripps

14:45 Growing a sustainable family business
Tom Keogh from Keogh’s Potatoes

15:15 James Bruce Memorial Lecture: Growing with passion to meet consumer needs
Caroline Keeling Director at Keelings

15:45 Conference close
President Dr Owen Doyle

16:00 Refreshments – Meet the exhibitors

17:00 CIH Annual General Meeting
Members only

19:00 Drinks Reception – Networking opportunity

19:30 Gala Dinner – Prize presentations accompanied by a 3 course meal

Saturday 14th

09.30 Depart for industry visits

16:00 Finish

Headline Partners

Where is it?

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located less than 10 minutes’ drive from Dublin airport. There are regular flights into Dublin from all major UK airports, find a list of flight comparison costs here to ensure you get the best deal. There is a complementary shuttle bus to the from the Airport to the hotel, which runs every half hour. The bus stop is located in Zone 16 in the Coach Park. Further information regarding travel to the hotel can be found here

Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Park Northwood, Northwood Ave, Dublin 9, Ireland
Where can you stay?

Both the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and its sister hotel the Holiday Inn Express next door, have rooms available at a reduced rate for CIH delegates, which are as follows: Crowne Plaza Hotel €139 Single Occupancy €149 Double Occupancy Holiday Inn Express €119 Single Occupancy Please make your booking directly with the hotel. In order to take advantage of these rates please mention the CIH AGM and Conference when making your booking. *You may find other prices are available. Please feel free to book your room via price comparison websites if this is more suitable for you. There is no obligation to stay at the Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn when booking on to the conference.

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2016 CIH Conference

The conference itself included talks from our impressive speakers, Alan Roper, Martin Emmett, Anthony Snell, Philip Pearson, President Owen Doyle and Sue Ireland as well as our conference chairman David Domoney. We would like to say thank you to them for their attendance and truly inspirational presentations.