The theme of this year's colloquium is 'Environmental Challenges and Solutions' which provokes delegates into considering how their research either investigates contemporary threats to the natural and human environment and/or contributes towards finding solutions to those threats. Oral presenters will include one sentence in their abstract and dedicate their final slide to explain how their research relates back to the overarching theme of the conference.
ENVIRON was last held in Trinity College Dublin in 1993, and as one of the original hosts of this event, we are now very pleased to welcome the colloquium back to Trinity College in 2014, which is being organising jointly by the Schools of Natural Science and Engineering. The collaboration between environmental scientists and engineers at TCD forms part of the University’s E3 initiative to promote cross-disciplinary teaching and research in the Environment, Engineering and Energy.
The ENVIRON colloquium is the largest annual gathering of environmental researchers across the island of Ireland, with over 300 delegates attending the event each year. It provides a venue for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows 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 a wonderful 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 successful interaction between scientists, engineers, social scientists, medical researchers and industry members and policy makers.
The conference will begin on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 with two education and training workshops on offer to delegates:
Environ Workshop 1: How to Launch and Run a Smart Sustainable Campus
Environ Workshop 2: Communicating Research
There is a small fee of €10 for each workshop that needs to be paid when booking the event.
At 7pm on Wednesday evening an anticipated energetic questions and answers style Public Debate will address the topic of "Is Green Technology Good for the Environment?" The debate will take place in Trinity College Dublin’s innovative Science Gallery, and will include contributions from a panel of experts featuring Rory O’Donnell, NESC & Eamon Ryan, Green Party and the conference keynote speakers.
Chaired by Paul Butler of Enterprise Ireland, the debate will address contemporary concerns that new technologies developed to provide solutions for today's environmental challenges may not be universally beneficial to the environment as a whole, and examine the role of environmental research in promoting and guiding the development of new technology.
The keynote lectures on Thursday morning will be delivered by three overseas speakers: Prof. Paul Younger, Prof. Pete Smith and Bob Ursem. They will speak about 'Environmental Challenges and Solutions' with each speaker reflecting on their own particular interests and experiences.
Prof. Paul Younger is the Rankine Chair of Engineering at Glasgow University as well as the Chair of the Global Scientific Committee of the Planet Earth Institute. His current research interests include low-carbon energy, notably deep geothermal energy, underground coal gasification with carbon capture and storage, and hydropower.
Prof. Pete Smith is the Professor of Soils & Global Change in the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen as well as Science Director of Scotland's ClimateXChange, and a lead author on the recent IPCC report. His research interests include food security and climate mitigation.
Bob Ursem is Scientific Director of the Botanic Garden Delft University of Technology and specialises in the application of plants in the development of technology, particularly in the materials science and engineering disciplines.
The ESAI is proud to announce the addition of the second annual Environ Career Expo to this year's ENVIRON Conference which will take place on Thursday afternoon. The Career Expo will take place in Room M17 in the Museum Building on Thursday 27th February from 1pm to 5pm. Attendees will get the chance to meet with representatives from NGOs, environmental consultancies, research institutes and semi state bodies to discuss job opportunities; internships; post doctorate and Ph.D. programmes; and also receive career advice. Participating organizations include Agapé Adventures; The Northern Ireland Environment Agency; McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Planning and Environmental Consultants; The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine; Evolution Environmental Services; OES Consulting; Intertrade Ireland; Teagasc; OxyMem; Alupro; Green Careers Ireland; and Northern Ireland Environmental Link. CV advice will be provided for ESAI members. There is no charge to attend the Environ career expo, which will provide an ideal venue to search for career opportunities within the Irish environmental sector.
Registration is available online at www.environ2014.org. The call for oral and poster presentations closed on 17th January 2014.
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:
To ensure a high standard of submission, all abstracts have been 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 2014 are as follows:
Full delegate €190
Student Group Discount Rate (groups of ten) €75
The conference gala dinner will take place at Alexander Hotel on Merrion Square and tickets cost €47.50. The Alexander Hotel is also the conference hotel and special rates have been negotiated with the hotel. Please organise your accommodation directly with the hotel and quote 'TRINITY-ENVIRON2014' for the discounted room rate.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Trinity College Dublin.
Dr. Laurence Gill
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering,
Trinity College Dublin
ENVIRON 2014 Convenor
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