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Environ 25: Sustainability and Opportunities for Change

The 25th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2015) will be held at the Institute of Technology, Sligo from April 8th to 10th 2015. It will be co-hosted by IT Sligo (Department of Environmental Science, School of Science) and the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI). We have a brand new Science building at IT Sligo for you to visit! This is where our strategic environmental research centre CERIS is based and moreover where our undergraduate science students begin their research development in state-of-the-art laboratories.

Are we sustainable? The 25th Anniversary colloquium theme addresses the need to review environmental change since the very first Environ was held in IT Sligo (then Sligo RTC). Although technologies and knowledge transfer systems have developed exponentially since 1990, major challenges to global sustainability have concurrently evolved. Is current Irish environmental research optimising research to deliver management and policy recommendations towards sustainability? The colloquium will investigate current sustainability actions while addressing opportunities for positive changes in engagement.

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 industry.

Workshops

The conference will begin on Wednesday, 8th April 2015 with two education and training workshops on offer to delegates:

Environ Workshop 1: Introduction to the use of R in Environmental Statistics

Environ Workshop 2: Communicating Research

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

Environ 25 will open to the public on the evening of Wednesday April 8th with a question and answers style panel debate on the popular topic of 'Paying for our water: quality and quantity matter'. The panel of speakers will include Jerry Grant (Head of Asset Management at Irish Water), Fiona Regan (Director of DCU Water Institute), Michael Ewing (Environmental Pillar Co-ordinator) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim). The event will be free and open to members of the public, local stakeholders, professionals and students. This debate will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise on this environmental issue of concern with local communities. The debate will be chaired by Austin O Callaghan, Communications manager at IT Sligo and will commence at 8pm in Lecture Theatre A006.

Thursday morning kicks off with a plenary session where three high profile speakers will deliver sustainability keynote presentations. Micheál Ó Cinnéide (EPA Director) will speak on "How can we build a more Sustainable Ireland?" Marianne Kettunen (Institute for European Environmental Policy) will discuss the evolution of the Ecosystem Services framework from theory to practice. Brian Motherway (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Chief Executive) will present on 25 years of change in energy production and consumption: consequent sustainability issues. The plenary session will be chaired by Professor Colin Brown, Director of the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway.Following this parallel sessions will begin, rolling-out more than 150 oral and poster presentations from mid-morning until Friday lunchtime. We will be holding CV clinics on Thursday (11AM-1PM and 2-5PM) and Friday (11AM -1PM) in IT Sligo library meeting rooms. You are welcome to bring your CV (hard copy) for individual feedback by a helpful expert. This is a particularly useful exercise for postgraduate students in their final year of study.

Conference Registration

Registration is available online at www.environ2015.org. The call for oral and poster presentations begins on January 12th 2015 and closes on February 20th 2015.

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. Submissions are invited from the following thematic areas:

  • Water quality and Resources
  • Wastewater management
  • Waste management
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Environmental Policy and Communication
  • Environmental Socioeconomics
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Air Quality and Urban development
  • Marine and Coastal
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainability and Research Innovation
  • Nanotechnology and the Environment
  • Invasive species
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainability and Roads

To ensure a high standard of submission, all abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an academic committee comprising of experts in all the topics addressed within the session themes. 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 in a number of selected topics will be on offer again this year, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

The registration fees for ENVIRON 2015 are as follows:

  • Full delegate €190
  • Students/Reduced/Seniors €100
  • Student Group Discount Rate (groups of ten) €75

The conference gala dinner will take place at the Clarion Hotel, Sligo and tickets cost €25.00 for a three course meal. We strongly encourage all delegates to come to this event which will include plenty of entertainment. The Clarion Hotel is also the conference hotel and special rates have been negotiated with the hotel and with other hotels, B and B’s and hostels in Sligo (click here for more details). Please organise your accommodation directly and quote 'ENVIRON2015' for the discounted room rate.

We look forward to welcoming you all to IT Sligo.

Frances Lucy
Conference Convener, IT Sligo

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