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Environ 2017: Putting the Eco in the Economy

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The 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2017) will be held at the Athlone Institute of Technology from April 10th – 12th 2017. This year’s colloquium is organised in a joint partnership between the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (EASI) and the Faculty of Science and Health at the Athlone Institute of Technology.

AIT is a campus that is at the forefront of education in Ireland with over 53 different nationalities represented on campus and over €150 million invested in the campus infrastructure and facilities since 2000. Athlone Institute of Technology has been recently named as the "Institute of Technology of the Year – Runner Up 2017" in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. AIT has many innovative degree programmes including Toxicology, Bioveterinary Science, Mechanical and Polymer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy and a new ab inito BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, which is the first of its kind in Ireland.

The world in 2017 is at a critical juncture regarding several issues including climate change, global access to clean water, the rise of antibiotic resistant microorganisms and concomitant socioeconomic issues which are under pinned by economics. This year’s colloquiums overarching theme of "Putting the Eco in the Economy" should stimulate lively conversations on the role of ecology in the economy. The word Eco is derived from the Greek word Oikos which means household and maybe if we view the environment and the economy as part of the same entity we might have a better understanding of our complex world.

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.


The conference will begin on Monday, April 10th with three education and training workshops on offer to delegates:

Environ Workshop A: Clara Bog Field Trip

Environ Workshop B: Maximising and Assessing Research Impact

Environ Workshop C: Where next? Career Opportunities after completing a PhD

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

Environ Workshop D: Nature Based Solutions for Health and Mental Health which is being facilitated at Environ and on offer to delegates

Environ 2017 will open to the public on Monday 10th April with an evening of public engagement. ESAI and Athlone IT are delighted to announce that Minister Denis Naughton, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment will start the evening at 7.15pm delivering the Environ 2017 keynote address entitled “Putting the Eco in the Economy”. This will be followed at 8pm by the Public Engagement Debate entitled “Draining the Shannon – Flood Mitigation”. The podium speakers are now confirmed and are as follows:-

Minister Sean Canney, Office of Public Works and Flood Relief; Mr. Tom Browne, ESB; Dr Ciaran Byrne, Inland Fisheries Ireland; Ms. Sinead O Brien, Sustainable Water Network (SWAN); Mr. Eanna Rowe, Waterways Ireland; Mr. Michael Silke, IFA and Chairman Mr. Ciaran Mullooly, RTE. This debate attempts to bring together in one room most of the major stakeholders involved in the complex issue of flood mitigation in the Shannon catchment while maintaining its ecological biodiversity.

Conference Registration

Registration is now available online. The call for oral and poster presentations begins on December 1st 2016 and has been extended until February 10th 2017 at 5pm.

The themes of the sessions of this year’s colloquium have been chosen to accomadate 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
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  • Waste Management
  • Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Environmental Policy and Communication
  • Environmental Socioeconomics
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Environmental Management
  • Air Quality and Urban Development
  • Marine and Coastal
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Nanotechnology and the Environment
  • Sustainable Land Use and Agriculture

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 sessions 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 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 Sheraton Athlone Hotel, and tickets cost €30 for a 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. There also will be entertainment including acoustic music and a disco.

The Sheraton Athlone 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 Athlone. Please organise your accommodation directly and book early to avoid disappointment. You need to quote Environ 2017 for the discounted room rate. The Environ rate will only apply to rooms booked prior to March 16th 2017. We look forward to welcoming you all to Athlone and AIT.

Dr. Andy Fogarty and Dr. Sile O’Flaherty - Joint Conference Convenors AIT

Marese Ward Shine - Conference Coordinator

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