2018 International Healthy Cities Conference

Site Visits Wednesday 3 October 2018

Site visits have been arranged under the themes of People, Place, Participation, and Prosperity, Planet, Peace.


All site visits will start at 10.30am on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from the Waterfront Hall. It is estimated the tours will return to Belfast City Centre by approximately 12.45pm. Delegates will receive lunch as part of their chosen site visit.

Below is a list of site visits on offer, with a brief description of each visit. Booking can be done via registration form. Please note places on the site visits are limited.

Planet: ensuring that the protection of the planet is at the heart of all city policies, both internal and external.

This theme includes divestment, disaster risk reduction, sustainable consumption and production, resilience, and mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.    

16. Title: Institute for Global Food Security   

Host: Queen’s University Belfast

Places available: 25

Queen’s University Belfast is leading the world in addressing one of the greatest global challenges – how to ensure food security. The visit will include a showcase of food, nutrition and health research ongoing at Queen’s University Belfast, accompanied by tasting opportunities of local food produce supplied by local artisan food companies.  During a virtual visit to the Clinical Research Facility, you will observe the facilities available for conducting dietary research with health-related outcomes.  There will be the opportunity to meet local food producers and receive a brief health check.


The visit will conclude with a tour of Queens University, one of Belfast’s great architectural pieces. The Lanyon Building's front façade is instantly recognisable and a key feature of Belfast’s landscape.

17. Title: Bryson Recycling – Leading Social Enterprise

Host: Bryson Charity, Mallusk

Places available: 30

Bryson recycling is now the largest social enterprise recycler in the UK; and has been delivering recycling services for over two decades. Collecting and processing materials collected from over 60% of homes in Northern Ireland, as well as operating 8 recycling centres in Republic of Ireland and Wales.


Waste is an environmental problem, but through our social enterprise approach we consider it to be a resource that can be used to create opportunities to maximise social and environmental benefit. During a tour of the materials recovery facility (MRF) operated in Mallusk, you will see the processing of recyclables collected from over 250,000 households.


The visit will include a guided tour of the north Belfast with panoramic views of Belfast.

18. Title: Devenish Nutrition – Dowth Farm Visit, Co Meath*

Host: Devenish Nutrition

Places available: 45


*This site visit will leave the Waterfront at 8.00am and return at 1.30pm.

Devenish is a farming and food company, delivering sustainable and innovative nutritional products and solutions for the feed industry, the food industry and for human health. The Devenish Lands at Dowth is an internationally-recognised research farm dedicated to sustainable agriculture and health. It has been designated one of six international Lighthouse Farms by Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the top university for studying agriculture in Europe. It has achieved a world-first in being the first whole farm to accurately measure the amount of carbon sequestered in its trees and hedgerows. It has been successful in winning significant research funding to examine the optimisation of soil, sward, meat quality, human health and environmental health. These research projects form an important part of Devenish’s overall strategy “One Health: From soil to society”. The Devenish Lands at Dowth lies within the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site which is known for Neolithic monuments built by some of Ireland’s first farming communities – Devenish’s first colleagues in farming, food and health innovation. Throughout its history it has been maintained as a single large landholding for many centuries which allows us to look at the remains left by farmers at a landscape level. As such, the Devenish Lands at Dowth represents the evolution of farming over 6,000 years in a single holding.