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. Oral presenters will be asked to include one sentence in their abstract submission 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 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 a number of workshops during the day on offer to delegates. It is intended to deliver workshops on the following topics:
There is a small fee of €10 for each workshop that needs to be paid when booking the event. Participants need to be book early to ensure a place.
Later on Wednesday evening in the Science Gallery an anticipated energetic debate will be held around the topic of the sustainability of sustainable energy (exact topics and speakers to be confirmed).
The keynote lectures on Thursday morning will be delivered by three overseas speakers: Prof. Paul Younger, Prof. Pete Smith and Bob Ursem.
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. 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. A full list of participating organizations will be published online in January. 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 and the call for oral and poster presentations will open on Monday, 25th November 2014 and closes on 10th January 2014. Registration and uploading of abstracts is available online at www.environ2014.org.
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 will be peer-reviewed by an academic committee comprising of experts in all disciplines represented by the session themes. Presenters submitting posters will be offered the opportunity to summarise their findings in a one-minute oral presentation which will take place at the end of all the oral sessions. Prizes for the best oral and poster presentations and for a number of selected disciplines 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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