The ENVIRON colloquium is the longest running and largest annual gathering of environmental researchers in Ireland, with over 300 delegates attending the event each year. It provides a venue for researchers to exchange information on their most up-to-date findings with a large and diverse audience made up of academics, industry members and policy makers. It is an excellent platform for the sharing of ideas and for knowledge transfer among groups working in disparate disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of the colloquium and its associated workshops fosters interaction between scientists, engineers, industry members and policy makers.
The theme of this year's colloquium 'Ecosystem Services for a Sustainable Future’ will stimulate consideration of how current research informs this theme and the development of sustainable policies for future generations.
The University of Limerick previously hosted the 7th and 14th ENVIRON in 1997 and 2004 respectively and the Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering are very pleased to welcome the colloquium back to Limerick in 2016. 2015 saw the launch of the The Bernal Project, a €52 million strategic investment in research excellence, at the University of Limerick. The role of environmental sciences in the collaborative and cross-disciplinary teaching and research in Environment, Engineering and Energy are important foci of this new project and will continue the long standing record UL has established in these disciplines including Faculty representation in the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
The University of Limerick was named 'University of the Year 2015' in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. Other recent achievements include the University receiving the prestigious Athena SWAN Institution award. This recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. UL is a recent recipient of the internationally recognised Green Flag by An Taisce’s Green-Campus programme. This is an international environmental education and award scheme that promotes long term, whole college action for the environment. Significant initiatives and advances in the areas of Energy Conservation, Biodiversity and Travel and Transport have been incorporated into campus life.
Registration is available online at www.environ2016.org.
The themes of the sessions of this year's colloquium have been chosen to accommodate the widest possible participation and span a broad spectrum of activities from the physical, life and social sciences. Over 140 submissions will be presented from the following thematic areas:
All abstracts have been peer-reviewed by an academic committee comprising of experts in all the topics addressed within the session themes. Prizes for the best overall oral and poster presentations and in a number of selected topics will be on offer again this year, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.
Talks begin on the evening of 22nd March with a public lecture by author and journalist Paddy Woodworth entitled ‘Pricing the Planet: The economic and environmental benefits of accounting for natural capital and ecosystem services’. This should be of interest not only to environmental science researchers but also to members of the public and other stakeholders. All welcome to this public aspect of the conference (simply email firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve a place).
The colloquium will be formally opened on the morning of Wednesday 23rd February by Professor Don Barry, President of UL followed by four keynote speakers from academia and industry: Prof John O’Halloran (University College Cork), Ms Katy Tsesmelis (Manager of the International Aluminium Institute), Prof Dave Goulson (University of Sussex) and Mr Damien Clancy (Chairman of Rusal Aughinish). This should stimulate discussion on the need to enhance and sustain ecosystem services which striving to maintain socio-economic progress.
Environ Workshop 1: Facilitating reproducible statistical analysis in the Environmental Sciences
Environ Workshop 2: Maximising and Assessing Research Impact
Environ Workshop 3: The UL Green Campus Journey
There is a small fee of €10 for each workshop that needs to be paid when booking the event.
The conference gala dinner will take place at the Castletroy Park Hotel and tickets cost €35.00 for a four course meal. We strongly encourage all delegates to come to this event which will include plenty of entertainment. The Castletroy Park Hotel is also the conference hotel and special rates have been negotiated with the hotel. Please organise your accommodation directly and quote 'Environ2016' for the discounted room rate.
We look forward to welcoming you all to the University of Limerick.
Ronan Courtney & Ken Byrne
Conference Conveners, University of Limerick
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