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Environ 2019: Engagement for Climate Action

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This year's conference, the 29th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2019), will be held at the Institute of Technology Carlow from April 15th to 17th 2019. This year's event is organised via a collaboration between the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) and Institute of Technology Carlow; the organising team are delighted to welcome you to this page and, more so, to Carlow in April.

Institute of Technology Carlow boasts many state-of-the-art facilities spreading across three campuses in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow. Environ 2019 will take place on the Carlow Campus, which features lecture rooms and laboratories, supporting its various undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes. In addition to the Central Services Building (CSB), it also accommodates a top-class Learning Resource Centre which also houses the Library, the Barrow Centre with dedicated fitness and activities areas and a range of outdoor top-class sporting facilities. Later additions to the Institute are the Dargan Centre, a €4 million purpose-built, dedicated research facility and the Haughton Building, a state-of-the-art teaching facility where most of the conference activities will take place.

Institute of Technology Carlow is currently in the region of 9,000 strong in students and staff. It was the winner of "Institute of Technology of the Year 2014" in the Sunday Times Good University Guide and is currently no 1 in Life Long Learners in the Higher Education Sector. The Institute has many vibrant and innovative taught and research programmes, ranging from Brewing and Distilling, Biosciences, Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation, Health and Environmental Science, Design, Media and Communication, Avionics, Aerospace, Mechanical, Electronic and Civil Engineering, Law and Social Sciences, Business and Accounting, to Computer Games Development and Cybercrime and IT Security.

This year's Environ is championed by enviroCORE, the Institute's Centre of Research and Enterprise providing solutions to environmental problems. enviroCORE is a group of 34 researchers working in areas such as environmental monitoring and sensor development, bioremediation and phytotechnologies, ecology, biodiversity and natural resources and biomass production and biotransformation. The Centre constitutes one of the Institute's CORE thematic research pillars (environment), together with the rest: designCORE (design), gameCORE (computer science), engCORE (engineering), healthCORE (health science) and the recently established socialCORE (social science). The COREs are in line with the Institute's targets for further development, and you may find its Strategic Plan here: https://www.itcarlow.ie/resources/strategic-plan-2019-2023.htm

The world is currently at a critical juncture regarding issues such as global food security, pollution, waste at an unprecedented scale, access to clean water, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, loss of natural resources and, associated to all the above, socioeconomic and geopolitical issues. The recent alarming report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states the urgency of climate action now to reduce risks of extreme heat, drought and poverty that will affect hundreds of millions of people in the coming decades.

This year's colloquium overarching theme of "Engagement for Climate Action" should stimulate lively discussions, as ultimately, and at this point in the planet's history all environmental research we do will help, directly and indirectly, to alleviate and face climate change. This real and concrete challenge for humanity was never as close and now is the time to practice 'Engagement for Climate Action'.

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 and experienced researchers to present their findings to an audience drawn from academia, government bodies and agencies, as well as industry.


The conference will begin on Monday, April 15th, with a choice of three education and training workshops (one on site and two in the field) on offer to delegates from 11 am to 5pm:

Environ Workshop/Field Trip A:

Morning - "Eco Trails". A walk on the wild side by the River Barrow.

Environ Workshop & Public Engagement Workshop/Field Trip B:

Afternoon - "Day-to-day sustainability: what can I do?". An interactive session in the field empowering the individual for sustainable living.

Environ Workshop C:

"Bioinformatics: Gene Discovery in Microbiomes".

There is a small fee of €10 for workshops A & C that needs to be paid when booking the event.

Environ 2019 will open to the public on Monday 15th April with an evening of public engagement. This Public Engagement and Question and Answer Session will focus on the current urgency to stimulate individual and collective action on climate change.

The speaker(s) for this Public Engagement and Question and Answer Session remain to be confirmed. However, this discussion will bring together various stakeholders in the region and will encourage audience member participation.

Conference Registration

Registration is now open online. The call for oral and poster presentations opens on December 3rd 2018 and the closing date for abstract submission has been extended until 9am Monday 18th February 2019.

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
  • Sustainable Crop Science
  • Nature Based Solutions for Resilient Communities

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 2019 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 Woodford Dolmen 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 Woodford Dolmen 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 Carlow. Please organise your accommodation directly and book early to avoid disappointment. You will need to quote Environ 2019 for the discounted room rate at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, and please note that the Hotel require a card number to confirm all bedroom bookings, without charges being made to the card prior to arrival. There is also a 48h cancellation policy.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Carlow and to the Institute of Technology Carlow.

Dr. Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte
Conference Convenor, Institute of Technology Carlow

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