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ECPLF 2019

  The European Conference on
Precision Livestock Farming

26ᵗʰ - 29ᵗʰ Aug 2019 Cork, Ireland

  • Invitation for full papers has been sent to first authors of abstracts.
  • Deadline for full paper submission is Monday 4th March 2019.
  • Please see Guidelines for authors and Example paper.

The ECPLF Conference aims to exchange knowledge and experience through an open discussion and to support progress in this field.

Today Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technology is a reality. New technologies are changing the shape of the agriculture industry across the globe, with improvements in cow genetics and feeding systems as well as farmer well-being. Precision dairy farming is an inherently interdisciplinary field incorporating concepts from (bio) informatics, biostatistics, grass and animal breeding, animal husbandry and nutrition, machine learning, sensor networking, autonomic network management and engineering. The potential benefits of precision farming systems include increased efficiency, reduced costs, improved product quality, reduced environmental impact, and improved animal health and welfare, thereby facilitating a holistic approach to sustainable farming (i.e. economic, environmental, stakeholder perception, and food security).

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Cork in August 2019

More details to follow on the venue, itinerary, academic papers, registration, tours and presentations

Please check back soon.

Conference Venue

Founded in 1845 University College Cork is one of the oldest institutes of higher learning in Ireland. Located near the heart of Cork city the university campus enjoys all the facilities of a modern metropolis while still retaining the charm of its history and heritage.UCC is situated on the River Lee and is a brisk five minute walk to the city centre 20,000 Students - 3,500 international students - Four Schools - 655 coursesIreland’s University of the Year in 2014, 2016 & 2017.

University College Cork has become the first University to be named The Sunday Times University of the Year for two consecutive years in the 15-year history of the award.

University College Cork has a tradition of hosting conferences and public events. Campus amenities have developed over the years to include accommodation, top quality catering, state of the art audio visual equipment, wifi, extensive meeting rooms and modern leisure facilities.

Conference facilities:

  • Tiered or flat rooms with seating capacities for 20 to 532 delegates, providing the option of either large-scale seminar rooms to smaller workshops
  • Seminar rooms with seating capacities ranging from 10 to 130
  • Beautiful venues such as The Aula Mxaima, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, all set within the historic beauty of the grounds of University College Cork

Getting to Cork City

  • Over 50 Direct access routes from the UK & Europe
  • 12 flights a day from London
  • Less than 2 hours from Paris
  • Cork airport is less than 10 minutes from Cork City Centre
  • Hourly rail service from Dublin
  • Motorway from Dublin airport to Cork – estimated time of drive 3hours

Cork city boasts the deepest natural harbour in Ireland with direct ferry crossings to UK and mainland Europe. Cork International Airport has direct flights to the UK and parts of Europe and connecting flights to other European and American destinations.

By air

Cork International Airport is the country’s second busiest airport after Dublin and serves more than 50 destinations. The airport is located just 10 minutes from Cork City centre on the highest point of the southside.

For more information about the airport and airlines operating from and to Cork airport, please have a look at

By ferry

The hugely popular Brittany Ferries vessel the Pont Avon runs between Cork and Roscoff in north-western France.

Rosslare port and Dublin port have ferry connections to and from the UK and are both less than a 3 hour drive from Cork city.

Irish Ferries

Stena Line

P&O Ferries

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By train

Cork city’s railway hub and access point to the national rail network is Kent Station on the Lower Glanmire Road, a ten minute walk east of the city centre. As well as major cities and towns around the country, from here you can also access Cork towns such as Cobh, Mallow and Charleville by rail.

By bus

In recent years prices for seats on private and public buses running the Cork-Dublin and Cork-Limerick-Galway route have become very competitive – good news for visitors to Cork! A three hour journey to Dublin or Galway can cost as little as 11 euro if booked in advance or slightly more if you just turn up. Buses run from 6am until midnight in both directions.

From the airport to the city centre

By Bus

Cork Airport is accessible by Buses and Coaches daily. From Cork Airport you can reach Cork City Centre, Parnell Place Bus Station and Kent Railway Station by travelling on Bus Éireann’s direct Air Coach service (route 226A). Bus and Coach Connections are available at Parnell Place Bus Station to various towns and cities all across Ireland.

Route 226A Cork Airport / Cork City Centre / Cork Kent Railway Station

Route 226 Cork City Centre / Cork Airport / Kinsale

About Cork

Located on the south and south-west coasts of Ireland, Cork is the largest of all the Irish counties and in many ways the most varied. Rich farmlands and river valleys contrast with the wild sandstone hills of the west, and above all there is the magnificent coastline scooped and fretted by the Atlantic into great bays and secret coves, strewn with rocky headlands and long soft golden sands. Cork has everything that makes Ireland so attractive. The city is engagingly small, but it bustles with visitors and students all year round. The northern part of the county is renowned for fishing, while the main tourist trail leads down to Kinsale, Ireland’s gourmet capital and west through the historic towns of Clonakilty and Skibbereen to the peninsulas jutting into the Atlantic. These unpopulated extremities are rich in history and nature and offer wonderful scenery. The county’s best-known attraction is the Blarney Stone, located on the ramparts of Blarney Castle.

Cork City Highlights


There is no shortage of sightseeing tours providers in the County or Cork. The list below will provide you with companies specialising in tours around the County:

Cronin’s Coaches Ltd


O’Brien Coach Tours

+ 353 (0)21 454 5328

Cork City Tours

021 439090

West Cork Tourism

023 8833157

087 4186041