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Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship Opportunity
‘Precision agriculture tools and their application land drainage issues in Ireland’

Ref Walsh Fellowship Number: 2014017
Background
Artificial drainage is being revealed to be one of the most important barriers in the further development of sustainable agriculture across Ireland and Europe. The correct implementation and maintenance of drainage is important for the future economic and environmental viability of farming across much of the country. Correctly drained soils extend the grazing season in beef and dairy systems, thus increasing profitability and can improve nutrient management and yield.

This project has two parallel research goals: producing geographic data on the extent of heavy soils in the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) region that have likely been drained using remote sensing and geospatial models, and developing new tools using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as survey platforms to map intra-field drainage – both underground and over-ground flow.

Requirements
Applicants should have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (Computer Science, Environmental Science, Physical Sciences, etc.). The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and be prepared for periods of field work with modern analytical equipment
Award
The PhD Fellowship is a joint research project between Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow and the National Centre for Geocomputation, National University of Ireland Maynooth. The student will be based at the Teagasc Research Centre at Ashtown, Dublin and will be registered at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, working under the supervision of Dr. Tim McCarthy, Dr. Rowan Fealy and Dr. Conor Cahalane in association with Teagasc supervisors Mr. Stuart Green, Mr. Reamonn Fealy and Dr. Owen Fenton. The Fellowship will start on, or as soon as possible after, 1st of October when the most suitable candidate is appointed.
The fellowship award is €22,000 which includes a maintenance award to the student and payment of fees to NUI Maynooth for each of the 4 years tenable.

Further Information/Applications
Mr. Stuart Green, Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre, Scribblestown Road, Ashtown, Dublin 15.
Phone +353 (0)1 8459945​​email: Stuart.Green@teagasc.ie

Dr. Tim McCarthy, National Centre for Geocomputation, Iontas Building, National University of Ireland Maynooth,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Phone +353 (1) 7086180​​email: Tim.McCarthy@nuim.ie

Application Procedure
Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest simultaneously to:
Mr. Stuart Green (Stuart.Green@teagasc.ie) and
Dr. Tim McCarthy (Tim.McCarthy@nuim.ie).
Closing date
8th August, 2014.

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Wanted: Forward-Thinking Satellite Navigation Applications for Agriculture
The European space programmes Galileo and EGNOS open the door to myriad new agriculture applications with potential to improve production, efficiency, profitability and to reduce environmental impact. The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 is looking for ground-breaking business ideas, services, or products addressing the topic of precision agriculture. Since 2004, the international ideas competition rewards innovative applications using satellite navigation for downstream applications. The competition is open to everyone, from entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups to researchers. Entries will be accepted until 30 June 2014 at http://www.esnc.eu.

Sign up now and win prizes
SIGN UP now with any service, product or business innovation. This year’s prize pool is worth EUR 1 million, including cash prizes, business incubation, coaching, patent consulting, prototyping & marketing support, and publicity within the world’s leading satellite navigation network. Prizes are being offered by 26 partner regions. In addition, Special Prizes are being offered by partners such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The European GNSS Agency (GSA) will award the most promising European GNSS (Galileo, EGNOS) application idea with the opportunity to realise the idea at a suitable incubation centre within the EU28 for six months. The European Space Agency’s Innovation Prize is looking for new ideas for the commercial use of space technology. It will support the winners in the creation of their start-up company at one of the nine ESA Business Incubation Centres and with a cash prize of EUR 10,000. Winners of all prizes will be in the running for the grand prize of EUR 20,000 and six months of incubation. More here: http://www.prizes.esnc.eu

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Call for Research Proposals of the Living Planet Fellowship.

This initiative represents the follow-on of the successful Changing Earth Science Network.

The main objective of this initiative is to provide support to young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation, Earth science and Climate research. Candidate researchers shall submit research proposals responding to one of following Programmatic Areas:Living Planet Fellowship. This initiative represents the follow-on of the successful Changing Earth Science Network.

The main objective of this initiative is to provide support to young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation, Earth science and Climate research.

See here for details:

http://livingplanetfellowship.esa.int

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An article in the engineering journal about Paudi Barry survey dun laoghaire harbour with one of his drones, some nice images included.

 

http://www.engineersjournal.ie/remote-piloting-in-dun-laoghaire-harbour-topographic-study/

 

 

 

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