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Arriving at a Sustainable Future

The 28th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2018) will be held at the Cork Institute of Technology from March 26th – 28th 2018. This year’s colloquium is organised in a joint partnership between the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) and Cork Institute of Technology.

CIT boasts many top class facilities including its award-winning Library & IT Building and its world-class laboratories. CIT is spread across four separate campuses with the main campus in Bishopstown covering an area of approximately 80 acres. The Administration Building, the Student Centre and the Tourism and Catering Building are the most recent additions to the Bishopstown campus along with the Rubicon Centre which is an on-site business incubation centre, and the NIMBUS Research Centre. The external campuses are located in the Cork City Centre for the Music and Art Colleges and in Ringaskiddy for the National Maritime College of Ireland.

CIT currently has in the region of 12,000 registered students with approximately 2,000 new entries year on year. Cork Institute of Technology was named as the winner of “Institute of Technology of the Year 2016” in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. CIT has many innovative and vibrant taught and research programmes including across the disciplines of Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Marine Engineering, Nutrition and Health Science and Sustainable Energy Engineering.

The world in 2018 is at a critical juncture regarding many relevant issues including climate change, global access to clean water, the rise of antibiotic resistant microorganisms and concomitant socioeconomic issues. This year’s colloquium overarching theme of "Arriving at a Sustainable Future" should stimulate lively discussion. For many years we have envisaged a sustainable future, however it is now timely to make this a reality by "Arriving at a Sustainable Future".

Environ is the longest running and largest forum for environmental researchers in Ireland with over 275 delegates attending the event annually. It provides a high-visibility platform for young researchers to present their findings to an audience drawn from academia, government bodies and agencies and industry.

Workshops

The conference will begin on Monday, March 26th with a choice of three education and training workshops on offer to delegates from 2pm-5pm:

Environ Workshop A: Field Trip - Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

Environ Workshop B: Bringing Research to the next level - Commercialisation, Code of Conduct, IP and Technology Transfer

Environ Workshop C: Statistical analysis for research - using SPSS statistical software

There is a small fee of €10 for each workshop that needs to be paid when booking the event.

The Environ 2018 Conference will open on the CIT Bishopstown Campus with a Public Event on Monday evening the 26th March at 8pm. This public event is titled 'Flooding in the Cork Region – Impacts and Solutions'. This question and answer public event will provide a forum to discuss the phenomenon of flooding and its impacts and potential solutions. This is now a very topical issue and relevant in a local Cork region context and a broader National and indeed International context. The panel of speakers includes Mr. Ezra MacManamon of the Office of Public Works, Mr. Ken Leahy of Arup Consulting Engineers and Ms. Claire Nash owner of the Nash19 restaurant located in Cork City Centre and which has experienced flooding and Dr. Mary O' Connor a scientist who works in the river environment. The event will be moderated by Mr. Jonathan Healy, the well known Newstalk presenter, broadcaster and communications consultant.

The plenary session on the Tuesday morning will be delivered by Eamon Ryan, TD and Leader of the Green Party and Dr Jonathan Derham, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Eamon Ryan is the Leader of the Green Party. He has spent the last twenty years working at the highest policy level in local government, the Dáil, and in the European Council of Ministers. Eamon formerly chaired the Digital and Energy Policy Groups for the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin. He has also worked on www.climategathering.org to establish a safe space to consider how to communicate the issue of Climate Change. He had previously served as Dáil TD for Dublin South from 2002 to 2011 and was Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2007 to 2011. He was founding chairman of the Dublin Cycling Campaign and before entering politics he ran two successful businesses, Irish Cycling Safaris and Belfield Bike Shop.

Dr Jonathan Derham, is a NUI sciences graduate (Cork & Galway) with a Master’s Degree in Public Service Management. Jonathan has worked for over 27 years in the environmental field for public and private sector employers in Ireland and UK, and has broad experience of environmental policy and regulation nationally and in the EU. He currently heads up the Evidence & Assessment Programme in EPA incorporating Research, Climate Change, SEA, Analytics, and Assessment & Reporting, and which included production of the latest State of Our Environment Report.

This year on the Wednesday morning there will be a second plenary session between 9.30 and 10am, where Josien Ruijter (NV HVC) will present on the Dutch experience of wastewater sludge incineration and phosphate recycling pathways. This is a welcome addition to the conference.

Conference Registration

Registration is now open online. The call for oral and poster presentations opens on December 4th 2017 and the closing date for abstract submission is January 19th 2018.

The themes of the sessions for 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. Submissions are invited from the following thematic areas:

  • Water Quality and Resources
  • Waste Management
  • Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Environmental Policy and Communication
  • Human Health
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Management
  • Air Quality and Urban Development
  • Marine and Coastal
  • Sustainable Transport
  • The Human Built Environment
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Land Use and Agriculture
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Nanotechnology and the Environment
  • Smart Technology for the Environment

To ensure a high standard of submission, all abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an expert academic committee.

Presenters who have submitted posters will be offered the opportunity to summarise their findings in a one-minute oral presentation at the end of an oral session. Prizes for the best overall oral and poster presentations and for a number of selected topics will be on offer again this year, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

The registration fees for Environ are as follows:

  • Full Delegate €190
  • Student/Reduced/Seniors €100
  • Student Group Discount Rate (Groups of 10) €75

The conference gala dinner will be hosted in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, and tickets cost €35 for the three-course meal. This event will allow delegates the ideal opportunity to network, catch up with colleagues and make new contacts in an informal setting. Entertainment will be included.

The Clayton Silver Springs Hotel is also the conference hotel and special rates have been negotiated with the hotel, however as it is a busy time of year we have also listed some additional accommodation options in Cork. Please organise your accommodation directly and book early to avoid disappointment. You will need to quote Environ 2018 for the discounted room rate. The Environ rate will only apply to rooms booked prior to Feb 20th 2018. We look forward to welcoming you all to Cork and Cork Institute of Technology.

Dr. Niamh Power and Dr. Joe Harrington - Joint Conference Convenors, CIT

This event qualifies for CPD hours for:

EI CPD Approved 2018 CIEEM CPD Approved 2018 CIWM Approved 2018 CIWM CPD Approved 2016

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