Dr. Luke Prendergast (UCD) receiving the 2015 ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Award from Dr. Tom Curran, Chair of the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland.
Congratulations to Dr. Luke J. Prendergast from University College Dublin (UCD) who has been awarded the 2015 ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year by the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland. The winner of this prestigious annual award receives a prize of €500. Luke has just finished his PhD thesis entitled “Monitoring of scour around structures using changes in natural frequency of vibration”, an inter-disciplinary effort combining both structural dynamics and geotechnical engineering. He undertook the research in UCD School of Civil Engineering under the Earth and Natural Sciences PhD Programme as funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). He was supervised by Dr. Kenneth Gavin, Lead PI of the Geotechnical Research Group at UCD. He is now working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the UCD Centre for Critical Infrastructure Research (CCIR) under the continued mentorship of Dr. Gavin. He graduated from Civil & Environmental Engineering at University College Cork (UCC) in 2011.
Luke’s research pertains to the detection and monitoring of flood-induced scour (soil erosion) which occurs around bridge foundations (and offshore wind turbine foundations due to wave and tidal actions). Scour erosion can occur very rapidly even under relatively benign flow conditions and can lead to sudden structural failure, even total collapse. It is the number one cause of failure of bridges located over waterways worldwide and is becoming quite prevalent due to increased flooding frequency as a result of climate change. Traditionally, this phenomenon was monitored using divers who would measure the depth of scour around foundations using relatively crude instrumentation. This practice is both dangerous and misleading as it cannot be carried out during high flood flows when the risk of erosion is highest. As scour typically occurs quite rapidly, it is also of limited effectiveness to use divers as it is not possible to undertake assessments at the required frequency to ensure continued safe ope ration of the structures under investigation. Other methods that have been developed use instrumentation that can be embedded into the streambed at the location of scour interest, which measure the depth of scour using a variety of mechanical and electrical systems.
Recognising that scour erosion results in a loss in the stiffness of a foundation system, Luke’s method relies on this stiffness loss manifesting itself as a change in the modal (dynamic) properties of the structure. His research has focussed particularly on using the natural frequency of vibration of the structure as an indicator of the presence of scour since increased stiffness loss due to scour results in a reduction in the structure’s frequency of vibration. The method, therefore, only requires the installation of vibration sensors (accelerometers) onto the structure of interest which can monitor the changes in the vibration characteristics. This could be particularly effective if undertaken before and after a major flood, for example, and could afford infrastructure managers the tools required to safely close a bridge before catastrophic collapse.
Our offer of free membership of ESAI is now open to undergraduates on courses listed on our ESAI courses page. Membership benefits to undergraduates include fee discounts and networking at our events along with updates about postgraduate and job vacancies through our listserver and social media channels. To avail of this offer, undergraduate students should email email@example.com by December 14th with the following information: student name, email address, course name, and date of finishing undergraduate study. We are grateful to our ESAI Liaisons for promoting this message in each college.
Peatlands - A New Conversation was organized by the Irish Peat Society. Bord na Móna very kindly were the key sponsor of the event while National Parks and Wildlife Service, Klasmann Deilmann and Vapo sponsored the three field days. ESAI sponsored the use of their online booking system and gave administrative support to bookings for the event. 120 people attended the five day event, the majority attending on three out of the five days. “The Irish Peat Society were excited to see attendees from North America, Malaysia, Japan, Europe and Russia at the event.” They are grateful to all those specialists who met in the field to expand on their work on peatlands. Managing such a number was made possible by the great support from ESAI who provided the registration facility through the ESAI website. The whole registration process was smooth and allowed for a steady start to the event. Tus maith - leath na hoibre!
Each participant at Peatlands - A New Conversation had the opportunity to learn something new every day of the conference. The Irish Peat Society set out to break the conference mould of closed sessions on specific topics, and took the learning outdoors and for the most part into the bog. Keynote addresses, posters and master class sessions indoors were still retained for a short period each day but the goal was to fine tune the thinking, broaden perspectives and send delegates home refreshed and energised.
The field trips were an integral part of Peatlands – A New Conversation, replacing the standard indoor power point presentations. Three field days brought participants to six sites across the range of peatland types in Ireland - blanket bog and raised bog. Each site was chosen because it presented a particular use of the peatland including - domestic turf cutting, industrial peat production, afforestation, grazing, rehabilitation, bio-energy, restoration, education or conservation. Throughout the course of the event 70 experts were drafted in to meet the delegates and to tell the story of their daily work in the peatlands and its challenges. The tales included footing turf for the family fire, restoring active raised bog habitat, monitoring hen harriers, harvesting moss peat, managing forests in recreational mountain bogs, re-flooding worked out bogs and developing wind farms on cutaway bogs.
The interactive poster session provided a tremendous opportunity for networking. Each researcher gave a short oral presentation about the content of their poster and Martina Glynn, the conference MC asked questions which helped to enhance understanding and enjoyment of this session. For the Master Classes the Irish Peat Society decided to focus on two particular issues of concern to the IPS – certification and education - and to tease these topics out in detail.
Peatlands - A New Conversation was not all work and no play. There were four social events including a BBQ with a live band at Lough Boora Parklands, a whiskey tasting and distillery tour of Tullamore Dew and a classical music recital and haunted castle tour in Charleville Castle. And there were after-parties every night in the traditional Irish pubs in Tullamore when the singing abilities of several well-known peat experts were exposed.
ESAI with the support of the EPA are delighted to announce our new Workshop Support Scheme. The scheme is open to all ESAI members. Workshops are essential for the dissemination of research, knowledge exchange, development and exposure of early career researchers and for establishing new collaborations. They are a key networking tool, and an opportunity for early-stage researchers to increase their profile within a field of study.
The EPA/ESAI Workshop Support Scheme provides funding to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to organise a workshop in the broad environmental research area. The scheme is open to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are members of the ESAI and who are conducting research relevant to the EPA remit.
The purpose of the EPA/ESAI Workshop Support Scheme is to assist early stage researchers with the delivery of workshops that fall within the remit of the ESAI and EPA. The amount of the award for each event is €600 which is meant to be a contribution to the overall cost of the event. Proposals will be assessed every two month (month end August, October, December, February, April & June) and there must be a period of three months between submission of the proposal and the date of the event. Applications should include a one-page summary CV of the main applicant. The theme of the workshop must fit within the remits of the EPA and ESAI, who must be acknowledged in conference publicity materials.
The applications will be assessed six times per year by a panel drawn from the ESAI Council. Applications will be assessed on the quality of the proposal, how the event fits with the remits of the ESAI and EPA, and on the expected outputs and benefits of the proposed workshop. The diversity of the audience will also be taken into consideration, and workshops organised jointly between more than one institution will be favoured. Payments will be made by ESAI following submission of invoices. Successful applicants will be expected to submit an article to the ESAI e-zine describing the event.
The UCD Institute of Food and Health has initiated a series of high level workshops aimed at contributing to policy development and identifying research needs in key areas relating to food and health. In this latest workshop held in collaboration with the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland, experts in the area of food processing waste will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the food industry.
More details of the programme are available to download here
There is no charge to attend this event. To register please contact Dr Geraldine Quinn on firstname.lastname@example.org or 00353 1 716 2808 by Friday 29th May.
The theme of the 2014 ESAI Photography competition was “Urban Environment” and was opened to all amateur photographers on the 1st August 2014.
The winning photograph was taken by Ms Catherine Bushe from Dublin, entitled “Urban Waterfall”. She will receive a framed copy of her photograph together with a €200 One4all voucher, kindly sponsored by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork.
1st Prize: “Urban Waterfall” Donaghmede, Dublin - Catherine Bushe
The two runners up in the competition, “Planting and Graffiti in Unison” by Leon James Murphy, Dublin and “The Luas Green Line” by Michael Gavin, Dublin who both received a €50 One4all voucher and a one year membership to the ESAI. Photographs were judged on picture quality, composition, and appropriateness of caption.
2nd Prize: “Planting and Graffiti in Unison” Dublin - Leon James Murphy
3rd Prize: “The Luas Green Line”, Milltown, Dublin – Michael Gavin
The winning photographs will be displayed in the Photo Competition Gallery section of the ESAI website at http://www.esaiweb.org/gallery/photo-competition and will be on display at the ESAI annual conference, Environ 2015, 25th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, 8th-10th April 2015.
Many thanks also for the assistance of the photography competition judge, Nutan. He has a long established reputation in photographic journalism.He is a member of Rapho , the Paris based photographer's agency, representing Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Hans Sylvester, and a handful of other creative photographers. Based in the West of Ireland for the last thirty five years, he is the author of many books: " Blooming Meadows, the world of Irish Traditional Musicians", " L'Enfant et la sorcière ", " L'Eternel Irlandais", " The Islands of Ireland", etc
He has photographed editorials for most of the world's photo orientated magazines, such as National Geographic, Times, Newsweek, Airone, Stern, Geo, The Observer Magazine, and had many photographic exhibitions hosted here and abroad.
Nowadays, he mainly photographs nature and spends most of his time painting from his studio in the Burren. See www.nutan.ie for examples of his work.
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In its second year the 'ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Award' for ESAI members will be launched at Environ 2015, 8th-10th April 2015, IT Sligo.
Applications will be accepted from students doing either a PhD or a Masters degree by research in an environmental topic.
Application forms will be downloadable from the ESAI website.
Each application will be evaluated under three criteria:
Candidates will be asked to outline research objectives, background to research, why research is necessary and novel, environmental relevance, methods, results, accomplishments, awards, publications/patents, the potential impact of the research (economic/environmental/societal), and outline the dissemination activities related to the project. Entries are open until the end of August 31st, 2015 and the prize for the winner is €500
The Environmental Science Association of Ireland invites entries from interested individuals to participate in the ninth annual ESAI photography competition.
This year’s competition has the open theme of: “Urban Green Infrastructure”. Entrants are encouraged to interpret the theme as they see fit.
Entries are welcome from all amateur photographers and will be assessed on the basis of picture quality, composition and the appropriateness of the caption.
Please download the Entry Form from the ESAI website http://www.esaiweb.org/photography-competition/
Two runners up will each receive a €50 voucher for www.One4All.ie sponsored by ERI, UCC and a one year membership of ESAI.
Closing date is Wednesday December 31st 2014.
The winner will be notified by email on Friday January 30th 2014.
Check out http://www.esaiweb.org/gallery/photo-competition/ to view prize winners from the most recent ESAI Annual Photography competitions, along with a selection of entries from the earlier years.
Congratulations to Richard Manton from the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway who was the inaugural winner of the ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Competition, 2014. Richard is in the write up stages of his PhD working on a multi-disciplinary project entitled ‘Route Selection and Design of Greenways: Guidance for the Irish National Cycle Network’ which combines Civil Engineering and Social Science. Richard is a student of Dr. Eoghan Clifford, Civil Engineering and Ryan Institute at NUI Galway.
His application explained that in Ireland there is an over reliance on the private car and a shift to walking and cycling has the potential to dramatically improve the environmental, economic and health implications of Irish transport. The objectives of his research are the promotion of walking and cycling for commuting, leisure and tourism; the design of safe, accessible, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective greenways; and encouraging community involvement in the design of greenways and other green public space. His work investigates the design methodology for greenways to ensure that they are safe, accessible, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective. He explains that a robust route selection process is required and needs to consider: life-cycle analysis and carbon savings of modal shift; cost-benefit analysis and tourism potential; safe and attractive route design; connectivity and accessibility; integration with policy and plans. The quantitative basis of the research is forme d by an international greenway user survey (n=1,000) and international best-practice; it is tested against an Irish case-study (Dublin-Galway). Currently, there is an absence of route selection and design guidelines for greenways in Ireland. A route selection matrix will rate route options and recommend preferred routes and connections, under the headings:
According to Richard, “The route selection methodology and greenway design guidance will be a major asset to anyone involved in greenway planning, design or operation. It will be particularly useful for community campaign groups in designing and lobbying for greenways and for local authorities in assessing greenway proposals. An interactive website, IrishGreenways.com, will promote this research and the use of greenways in Ireland.”
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As part of the inaugural Dooge Nash International Symposium 2014, a day-long session of Hydrology Masterclasses will be delivered by world leading hydrologists on Wednesday, the 23rd April. The Masterclasses will be held in the Newstead Building (Room G88) of the School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in University College Dublin (see campus map).
Note that there is no charge for attending these Masterclasses. However, places are limited but expressions of interest in attending can be made by e-mailing email@example.com
Places will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Schedule of lecture is detailed below.
Affilliation of Presenter
Title of lecture
10:00 – 10:50
Prof. Gordon Young
Executive Director, Canadian Geophysical Union, Past President, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, Professor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.
Water Security Issues (Professor Young was a Director of the World Water Assessment Programme and his lecture will be based on that experience and will look forward to the IAHS Research Decade “Panta Rhei”)
11:00 – 11:50
Prof. Rajender Kachroo
Formerly of the International Postgraduate Hydrology Course, NUI Galway and the University of Dar es Salaam.
Deterministic models and climate change impact assessment
12:00 – 12:50
Dr. Q.J. Wang
Statistical Techniques in Water Forecasting
12:50 - 14:00
14:00 – 14:50
Prof. Sten Bergstrom
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Hydrological modelling in Scandinavia, from early ideas to indispensable tools for water management
15:00 – 15:50
Prof Philip O’Kane
University College Cork, Ireland
To be confirmed
16:00 – 16:50
Prof. Michael Abbott
The social and sacred dimensions of water and its three economies
A new competition for ESAI members will be launched at Environ2014 called 'ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year'. Applications will be accepted from students doing either a PhD or a Masters degree by research in an environmental topic. Application forms will be downloadable from the ESAI website.
Each application will be evaluated under three criteria:
Candidates will be asked to outline research objectives, background to research, why research is necessary and novel, environmental relevance, methods, results, accomplishments, awards, publications/patents, the potential impact of the research (economic/environmental/societal), and outline the dissemination activities related to the project. Entries are open until the end of April 30th 2014 and the prize for the winner is €250.
Submissions to Dr. Martina Prendergast firstname.lastname@example.org
Practical strategies to effectively assess & manage risk when investigating & developing brownfield & contaminated land
Belfast, Tuesday 25 May 2014
15% discount for ESAI members
Dear ESAI member,
We would like to invite you to participate in and network at our premier conference Brownfield and Contaminated Land 2014 on 25 March 2014 in Belfast.
Programme Highlights Include:
-Regulatory and planning update
-Update on progress made in implementing the planning reform programme in Local Government
-Statutory Contaminated Land Regime
-Lessons learnt from England and Wales
-Requirements for producing a robust, coherent and appropriate risk assessment to support a planning application
-Effective and justifiable risk assessment and building confidence in your site investigation
-Managing risks and environmental liabilities to maximise development opportunities.
-John O'Connor, Chief Executive, The Housing Agency, Republic of Ireland
- Phil Crowcroft, Partner & Technical Fellow, Environmental Resources Management Ltd
- Dr Theresa Kearney, Senior Scientific Officer, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
- Caroline McCaffrey, Head of Contaminated Land, Land Quality Management Ltd
- David O’Hagan, Director, RSK Ireland Ltd
- Alan Jones, Consultant in Asbestos Risk & Measurement, Institute of Occupational Medicine
- Dr Simon Johnson, Director, Environmental Services, AON
- Andrew Kibble, Operations Manager, CRCE Wales, Public Health England
- Michael Boyd, Director, WYG
Click here for the in-depth programme and speaker line-up
We look forward to welcoming you to this conference in March.
With best regards,
The Brownfield Briefing Team
PS. Please note that Brownfield Briefing does not offer retrospective discounts to members that are already registered for this conference.
Photo (L to R): Fergus McAuliffe, Prof Robert Devoy, Prof Ray Bates, Dr Paul Bolger, Prof John O’Halloran, and Dr Brian O’Gallachoir
The Environmental Research Institute, UCC in association with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland, hosted an Evening on Climate Change on Thursday, January 16th to highlight recent scientific research on climate change coinciding with the release of the 5th Assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in December 2013. The event was open to the public and was exceptionally well attended with a full capacity audience of over 300 people. The possible links between climate change and the storms and floods which occurred in late December/early January led to widespread media coverage for the event on both national and local media including RTE 1 News, Newstalk FM, Today FM, RTE 1 Morning Edition, Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner.
The main feature of the evening was the screening of the widely acclaimed film “Chasing Ice”. In the spring of 2005, the film director James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic - to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Through powerful images of melting glaciers, the film shows the impact which climate change is having on the Arctic supporting the latest finding of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change which reports a rapid acceleration of ice melt in the Arctic. Balog calls the Arctic the “canary in the coal mine” for climate change for the rest of the Earth.
The film screening was accompanied by a series of seminars and a Q&A on “The Science of Climate Change – What’s new?” chaired by Dr Brian O’Gallachoir, UCC. The keynote speaker, Professor Ray Bates, IPCC Report Contributor & Climate Modelling expert, UCD, provided an overview of the most recent IPCC report in which he noted that “it is now even more certain (> 95%) that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century” and that a “a much more rapid sea-level rise is now projected” although Professor Bates did note that not all areas on earth might be subject to more extreme weather events. Dr Brian O’Gallachoir and Dr John O’Halloran provided short overviews of climate change research and practice at UCC followed by Fergus McAuliffe who provided an excellent snapshot of 11 different climate change research projects at UCC. Prof Robert Devoy joined the panel of speakers for a Question & Answers session who fielded a diverse range of questions from the audience on most important, actions that need to be taken to mitigate climate change, fracking, rapid population growth, consumption levels in the developed world and role of nuclear power in combating climate change. The Evening was completed with a “Meet the Climate Change Researcher” event where the public had an opportunity to meet climate change researchers at a post-film reception.
This high successful and well-attended event demonstrates that there is an appetite amongst the public for scientific outreach events on matters of environmental issues where they can directly meet and interact with scientists and engineers.
The Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland is hosting the “Communicating Environmental Science” Youtube Competition. We’re seeking entrants who have a flair for communication and who can explain the value of environmental science research to a wide audience.
Before Friday 30th May 2014 we ask that you submit a video of no more than 3 minutes in which you describe your research and explain how it has the potential to contribute to society.
Full details at http://www.esaiweb.org/youtube/
To highlight recent scientific research on climate change University College Cork is hosting an Evening on Climate Change on Thursday, January 16th.
The main event of the evening will be the screening of the widely acclaimed film "Chasing Ice". In the spring of 2005, environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a sceptic about climate change. However, that first trip north opened his eyes to the undeniable evidence of a warming planet. Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers (http://www.chasingice.com).
The Evening on Climate Change will be started with a short overview of the latest science on Climate Change by Professor Ray Bates, University College Dublin. After the film screening there will be a reception where attendees will have an opportunity to meet scientists and engineers from UCC who are carrying out research on climate change mitigation, adaptation and modelling and have their "burning" questions on climate change answered.
This is a free event but pre-registration is required. To register please contact Dr Paul Bolger, Environmental Research Institute at email@example.com.
Date: Thursday, 16th January, 2014
Venue: Room G.05, Western Gateway Building, Western Road, UCC
The Evening on Climate Change at UCC is organised by Environmental Research Institute (UCC), Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland.
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(L to R) Kevin Ryan (ESAI Council), Dr Paul Bolger (ESAI Chairperson) and Enda Kiernan (CIWM Chairperson) at the signing of ESAI-CIWM MOU in February 2013
The ESAI signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) in February 2013. CIWM is the professional body which represents waste and resource professionals working in the sustainable waste and resource management sectors worldwide. Its objectives include education and competence to advance, for the public benefit, the art and science of waste management. Both CIWM and ESAI are committed to building and maintaining higher standards of professionalism within the environmental industry based on sound science engineering and technology, the provision of training, encouraging a better scientific understanding of environmental issues, and providing an expert platform for environmental issues in Ireland and abroad
The ESAI-CIWM MOU will include commitments between the two organisations to run joint seminars/workshops, offer cross membership discounts for events/training courses and agree to promote each other’s associations and activities.
The MOU with CIWM is part of the ESAI strategy to pursue links with other professional associations working in the environmental area in Ireland with a view to developing synergistic collaborations that will be of benefit to the organisations members. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with CIWM in the coming years and thank them for their past support of the ESAI.
The theme of the 2012 ESAI Photography competition was "The Environment". The competition was opened to all amateur photographers on the 7th March 2012 at Environ 2012 in UCD, Dublin.
The winning photograph was taken by Mr. Nick Warrinton from Co. Wicklow and entitled "Warning Waves". The winning photographer receives a framed copy of their photograph together with a €200 One4all voucher, kindly sponsored by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork.
The two runners up in the competition, "Birds and the Ship Wreck" by Leo Murphy, Co. Meath, and "Energy from Waste" by Ultan Downes, Dublin, both received a €50 One4all vouchers and one year membership to the ESAI. Photographs were judged on picture quality, composition, and appropriateness of caption.
The winning photographs will be displayed in the Photo Competition Gallery section of the ESAI website at www.esaiweb.org/gallery/photo-competition.
The RV Celtic Explorer will be docked in Dublin, opposite the Convention Centre for the duration of the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 as part of the Dublin City of Science festival.
ESAI members will be guided around the vessel by Marine Institute personnel and ship’s officers, offering a unique chance to see the inner workings of the vessel and interact with scientists and crew.
The free tour will take place on 12th July 2012 from 3.30pm to 4.00pm and will depart from The Diving Bell statue on Sir John Rogersons Quay at 3.15pm.
Those wishing to register for the free tour must be paid-up members of the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland and should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book their place.
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The Marine Institute operates two purpose built research vessels, the RV Celtic Explorer, and the RV Celtic Voyager as well as the deepwater ROV Holland I.
The RV Celtic Explorer is 65.5m in length and accommodates 35 personnel, including 19-21 scientists, and, in gross terms, six times the size of her sister vessel, the RV Celtic Voyager .
This highly sophisticated, low-noise, multipurpose research vessel is fully equipped with state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation, laboratories and IT equipment used for a variety of offshore and deep-sea survey operations including:
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The Environmental Science Association of Ireland is inviting entries from interested individuals to participate in the seventh annual ESAI photography competition.
This years competition has the open theme of: "The Environment".
Entrants are encouraged to interpret the theme as they see fit.
Entries are welcome from all amateur photographers and will be assessed on the basis of picture quality, composition and the appropriateness of the caption.
Click here to read more about the phototgraphy competition.
The theme of the 2011 ESAI Photography competition was "Nature in the Urban Environment". The competition was opened to all amateur photographers on the 1st August 2011. Due to the overwhelming number of international entrants last year, this year’s competition was restricted to entrants from the island of Ireland.
The winning photograph was taken by Mr. Gerry Sugrue from Co. Dublin and entitled "Ducks marching through a luxury hotel into a summers evening". The winning photographer receives a framed copy of their photograph together with a €250 voucher for photographic equipment, kindly sponsored by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork.
The two runners up in the competition, "Starlings on my Aerial" by Leon Murphy, Co. Meath, and "Green Light" by Anna Pielach, Co. Galway, both receive one year membership to the ESAI. Photographs were judged on picture quality, composition, and appropriateness of caption. Special mention was made of the photographs from Rosemary Murphy (aged 6), Co. Meath, who shows great promise.
The winning photographs will be displayed in the Photo Competition Gallery section of the ESAI website at www.esaiweb.org/gallery/photo-competition. All photographs entered to the competition can be viewed on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/ESAI-Environmental-Sciences-Association-of-Ireland
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Dates: 26-30 August, 2012 Venue: COEX in Seoul, Korea
The conference will be held in a close cooperation with the "Advances in Environmental Research (AER), An International Journal" and under an umbrella of ACEM12 (the 2012 World Congress on Advances in Civil, Environmental, and Materials Research).
It is with great pleasure for us to invite you to present your current work at the "AEST12" Conference and/or to organize a mini symposium with 5-8 papers in the area of your expertise. Details can be found in the above web site. We would greatly appreciate your participation in this interesting event and your contribution to the "AEST12" Conference.
The vast majority of Ireland’s 31,000 species belong to small, obscure groups of animals and plants such as fungi, algae and invertebrates. These groups are poorly understood as they are very difficult to study and identify to species level. Yet despite their complexity these organisms play a valuable role in the provision of goods and services to Irish society, services which are estimated to contribute at least €2.9 billion per annum to the Irish economy.
To understand and protect this valuable resource, new user-friendly, online identification keys on Ireland’s biodiversity are required to increase our knowledge on these poorly studied aspects of Ireland’s biodiversity.
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has developed specialised software, Biodiversity Keys, to meet this need. This software allows scientific experts to develop online keys for aiding the identification of animals and plants, specifically tailored to Irish science.
The first of these online keys is to Irish freshwater worms. Freshwater worms are an obscure group of animals that are sensitive to changes in water quality and are used in water quality assessments. The author of this identification key, Irish expert and environmental consultant, Pascal Sweeney, states ‘that this is another very valuable service provided by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and one that will improve the understanding of highly specialised but important aspects of Ireland’s biodiversity’.
The online key is available on the website of the National Biodiversity Data Centre at http://apps.biodiversityireland.ie/OligochaeteIdKey.
If you are an expert in a poorly studied taxonomic group and would be interested in developing a specific Irish online identification key for that group, please contact the Data Centre to discuss collaboration.
The Environmental Science Association of Ireland invites entries from interested individuals to participate in the sixth ESAI photography competition.
To celebrate the prestigious, international Euroscience Open Forum conference to be held in Dublin, the City of Science 2012, from 11-15th July, 2012, the theme for this year's competition is: "Nature in the Urban Jungle".
Entrants are encouraged to interpret the theme as they see fit. Entries are welcome from all amateur photographers and will be assessed on the basis of picture quality, composition and the appropriateness of the caption.
First prize: €250 voucher sponsored by the Environmental Research Institute, UCC.
Professional framing of the winning entry
One year membership of ESAI
Two runners up will each receive a one year membership of ESAI.
Closing date is Friday December 31st 2011. The winner will be notified by email on Friday January 27th 2012.
Professor Michael Depledge (former Chairman of the UK Science Advisory Committee on the Environment & Climate Change) delivered a thought provoking colloquium keynote address on the topic of "Health and the Value of Nature". Professor Depledge, who has recently established the European Centre for Environment and Human Health in Cornwall, talked about the importance of the natural environment to human health outlining evidence from his research that close interaction by people with their natural environment (whether it be a walk on the park, cycling in the countryside or a swim at the beach) has demonstrable beneficial health effects.
Professor Depledge's talk can be viewed at: http://interactive.ucc.ie/test/new/include/sciencelectures-current.html
The 2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health (SESEH 2012) provides an international platform for interaction between scientists, consultants, and public servants engaged in the multi-disciplinary areas of environment and health. With the fast economic growth, the importance of environment and health is widely recognized in China, and China welcomes international experts for collaboration. This symposium provides an opportunity for a direct communication between experts from China and the rest of the world, and helps to foster and develop international collaborations with China, the 2nd largest economy of the world.
The conference is co-organized by GIS Centre of NUI Galway, The Geographical Society of China (www.gsc.org.cn) and Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ISAI, http://www.esaiweb.org), supported by Ryan Institute of NUI Galway (http://www.ryaninstitute.ie), Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH, www.segh.net), International Medical Geology Association (IMGA, www.medicalgeology.org), Geographical Society of Ireland (www.ucd.ie/gsi) and Ireland Chinese Association of Environment, Resources & Energy (ICAERE, www.icaere.ie).
SESEH 2012 themes cover a wide range of issues in environment and health:
For more information visit www.nuigalway.ie/seseh2012
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