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ESAI Student Competition 2019

For many years, the ESAI has run a competition for the best student presentations at the Environ Colloquium.

Each prize will be presented at the prize giving ceremony at the close of conference at lunch time on Wednesday 17th April. The winner will be invited to submit an article on their research project to the ESAI Website and the ESAI E-Zine 'Environews, and receive publicity from their sponsor.

The prizes so far this year include:

  • ESAI Best Oral Presentation (€500) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI)
  • ESAI Best Poster Presentation (€250) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland
  • Best Soils Presentation (€250) sponsored by Soil Sciences Society of Ireland
  • Best Waste and Resources Management Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) & includes a 12-month subscription to CIWM
  • Best Water Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
  • Best Biodiversity Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
  • Best Aquatic Environment Poster in memory of Dr Richard Fitzgerald (€250) sponsored by AquaTT

With other prizes being awarded in specialist area...watch this space!

View Last Years Winners

Click here to view the judging criteria for oral presentations.

Click here to view the judging criteria for poster presentations.


Dr. Richard D. Fitzgerald

Dr. Richard D. Fitzgerald

Richard was an exemplary fisheries zoologist. He was an excellent researcher and a gifted and inspiring lecturer. A UCC graduate [BSc and PhD], Richard was involved research and development in Aquaculture for almost 30 years in a variety of roles and posts in UCC, AquaTT and NUIG. He was also extremely interested in natural freshwater and marine fish populations, with a rare and extensive knowledge in both aquatic environments developed over the span of his career. He published over thirty peer reviewed publications, which are widely cited. Until the end of 2015, he was Research Co-ordinator and manager of the NUIG aquaculture research lab at Carna.

Richard was blessed with an insatiable curiosity about all research, particularly in the aquatic environment and the highlight of his annual visit to Environ was the poster sessions. His rule of thumb for all his students and employees was that they could go to any relevant conference as long as they produced a poster! Richard sadly passed away on December 5th 2016. Thank you to AquaTT for sponsoring the Richard Fitzgerald prize for best poster in Aquatic Environment.

 

ESAI Student Competition Winners 2018

 

Best Oral Presentation at Environ 2018

Best Oral Presenter

ESAI Best Overall Oral Presentation (€500) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) went to Cian White, TCD for his presentation entitled 'Reframing Nature-Based Solutions' .

Click here to read more about Cian's Research

 

ESAI Best Poster Presentation 2018

Best Poster Presentation

ESAI Best Overall Poster Presentation (€250) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland was awarded to Sinead Morris, IT Carlow for her poster titled 'The Microbial and Physicochemical Treatment of Irish Landfill Leachate'.

Click here to read more about Sineads' Research

 

Best Soils Presentation 2018

Best Soils Presentation (€250) sponsored by Soil Sciences Society of Ireland went to Darren Heenana Daly, UCC for his talk 'Rhizobacterial Volatile Organic Compounds from Irish Potato Soils Display Potential as Fungal Pathogen Growth-Inhibitors and Plant Growth-Promoters'.

Click here to read more about Darrens' Research

 

Best Water Related Presentation 2018

Best Water Related Presentation

Best Water Based Presentation (€250) sponsored by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) was presented to Gary Kett, UCC, for his a talk 'The impact of UV-B radiation on Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) health.'

Click here to read more about Garys' Research

 

Best Biodiversity Presentation 2018

Best Biodiversity Presentation

Best Biodiversity Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Chartered Institution for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) went to Sarah Gabel, TCD, for her presentation entitled 'Factors driving Syrphid abundance, diversity, and community composition in arable cropping systems.'

Click here to read more about Sarahs' Research

 

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation 2018

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation (€250 and 2018 CIWM Student membership) sponsored by the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management (CIWM) was given to Shane Merritt, CIT, for his talk 'A methodology for water risk management in the Irish industrial sector.'

Click here to read more about Shanes' Research

 

Best Air Quality Presentation 2018

 Best Air Quality Presentation

Quality Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment went to Daithi Kelleghan, UCD, for his presentation entitled 'AmmoniaN2K: Assessing the impact of ammonia emissions from poultry production in Ireland.'

Click here to read more about Daithis' Research

 

Best Climate Change Presentation 2018

Best Climate Change Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment went to Daithi Maguire, NUI Galway, for his presentation entitled 'The application of satellite-borne remote sensors for monitoring coastal erosion and ecosystems in Ireland.'

 

Best Plant Biology Poster Presentation 2018

Best Plant Biology Poster Presentation

Best Plant Biology Poster Presentation (€250) sponsored by the International Association for Plant Biotechnology went to Laurence Kavanagh, IT Carlow, for his presentation entitled 'Geobotanical Prospecting for Lithium.'

Click here to read more about Laurences' Research

 

Best Aquatic Environment Poster Presentation 2018

Best Aquatic Environment Poster

Best Aquatic Environment Poster Presentation (€250) in memory of Richard Fitzgerald sponsored by AquaTT went to James O'Connor, Marine and Freshwater Centre, GMIT, for his poster entitled 'Potential pathways, trophic transfer and bioindicators of microplastics within freshwater systems'.

Click here to read more about James' Research

 

ESAI Student Competition Winners 2017

 

Best Oral Presentation at Environ 2017

Best Oral Presenter Aoife Hayes

ESAI Best Overall Oral Presentation (€500) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) went to Aoife Hayes, CIT for her presentation entitled 'Educating designers on multi-sensory acknowledgement within the built environment'.

Click here to read more about Aoife's Research

 

ESAI Best Poster Presentation 2017

ESAI Best Overall Poster Presentation (250) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland was awarded to Maya Hotta, AIT for her poster titled 'Wheat seed germination response to novel agar/carrageenan blended hydrogel coating under drought stress'.

Click here to read more about Mayas' Research

 

Best Soils Presentation 2017

Best Soils Presentation (€250) sponsored by Soil Sciences Society of Ireland went to Nicholas Waters, NUI Galway for his talk 'Genomic insights into the virulence capacity of soil-adapted E. coli'.

Click here to read more about Nicholas' Research

 

Best Water Related Presentation 2017

Best Water Based Presentation (€250) sponsored by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) was presented to Greg Beechinor, UCC, for his a talk 'Influence of ambient temperature on biosand filter performance for domestic drinking water treatment'.

Click here to read more about Gregs' Research

 

Best Biodiversity Presentation 2017

Best Biodiversity Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Chartered Institution for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) went to Paula Tierney, TCD, for her presentation entitled ' Parasite-mediated effects of an invasive fish on native brown trout'.

Click here to read more about Paulas' Research

 

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation 2017

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation (€250 and 2017 CIWM Student membership) sponsored by the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management (CIWM) was given to Elisa Di Carlo, UL, for her talk 'Evaluating the success of different rehabilitation strategies of bauxite residues: a risk assessment of trace elements along the food chain.'

Click here to read more about Elisas' Research

 

Best Air Quality Presentation 2017

Best Air Quality Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment went to Paul Buckley, UCC, for his presentation entitled ' Sources and abundance of black carbon in atmospheric particles around Ireland'.

Click here to read more about Pauls' Research

 

Best Climate Change Presentation 2017

Best Climate Change Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment went to Rosemary Byrne, UL, for her presentation entitled 'Exploring the prospects of community led sustainability transformation in Ireland'.

Click here to read more about Rosemarys' Research

 

Richard Fitzgerald Best Aquatic Environment Poster Presentation 2017

Best Climate Change Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Best Aquatic Environment Poster Presentation (€250) in memory of Richard Fitzgerald sponsored by AquaTT went to Daithi Maguire, NUI Galway, for his poster entitled 'The application of Copernicus satellite-borne remote sensors for monitoring coastal erosion in Ireland'.

Click here to read more about Davids' Research

 

ESAI Student Competition Winners 2016

 

ESAI Best Oral Presentation 2016

ESAI Best Overall Oral Presentation (€500) in memory of Maximilian Von Sternburg, sponsored by School of Natural Sciences TCD, EPA, the Family of Maximilian Von Sternburg and Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) went to Daryl Gunning, UCC for his talk entitle 'Commercial and experimental scale IMTA research'.

Click here to view a synopsis of his research

 

ESAI Best Poster Presentation 2016

ESAI Best Overall Poster Presentation (€250) in memory of Maximilian Von Sternburg, sponsored by EPA, School of Natural Sciences TCD, the Family of Maximilian Von Sternburg was awarded to Paul Buckley, UCC with his poster entitled 'Sources of particulate matter in small rural towns in Ireland'.

Click here to view a synopsis of his research

 

Best Water Related Presentation 2016

Best Water Based Presentation (€250) sponsored by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) was presented to Derek Higgins, University of Limerick, for his a talk 'Use of constructed wetlands to treat alakaline leachates'.

Click here to view a synopsis of his research

 

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation 2016

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation (€250 and 2016 CIWM Student membership) sponsored by the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management (CIWM) was given to Tom Wallace, UCD, for his talk 'Review of fat, oil and grease (fog) waste utilisation trends'.

Click here to view a synopsis of his research

 

Best Soils Presentation 2016

Best Soils Presentation (€250) sponsored by Soil Sciences Society of Ireland went to Israel Ikoyi, University of Limerick for his talk 'Influence of different rates of inorganic phosphorus fertilizer on soil biological properties in a soil-biota system'.

Click here to view a synopsis of his research

 

Best Biodiversity Presentation 2016

Best Biodiversity Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by the Chartered Institution for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)went to Tara Dirilgen, UCD for her presentation entitled 'What controls the abundance and diversity of soil animals? - a manipulation study using mesocosms in a controlled laboratory setting'.

Click here to view a synopsis of her research

 

ESAI Student Competition Winners 2015

 

ESAI Best Oral Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

ESAI Best Oral Presentation (€500) in memory of Maximilian Von Sternburg, sponsored by School of Natural Sciences TCD, EPA, the Family of Maximilian Von Sternburg and Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI) was awarded to Alwynee McGeever, TCD

 

ESAI Best Poster Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

ESAI Best Poster Presentation (€250) in memory of Maximilian Von Sternburg, sponsored by EPA, School of Natural Sciences TCD, the Family of Maximilian Von Sternburg was awarded to Kate Moore, UCD

 

Best Soils Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Best Soils Presentation (€250) sponsored by Soil Sciences Society of Ireland was awarded to Tara Dirilgen, UCD

 

Best Biodiversity Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Best Biodiversity Presentation (€250) sponsored by Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) was awarded to Pamela Boyle, IT Sligo

 

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation 2015

Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation (€250 and 2015 CIWM Student membership) sponsored by the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management (CIWM) was awarded to Jan Gottsche, GMIT

 

Best Water Related Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Best Water Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) was awarded to Greg Beechinor, UCC

 

ESAI Best Oral Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Exploring the past dynamics of tree populations in Europe.

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ESAI Best Poster Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Deer exclusion in Rhododendron cleared sites promote the recovery of plant communities and invertebrates in the oak woodlands of Killarney National Park.

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Best Soils Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Is mite community structure a good indicator of soil biodiversity?

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Best Biodiversity Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Typology of a High Nature Value farmland region in a Northern Atlantic pastoral area.

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Best Waste and Resource Management Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Typology of a High Nature Value farmland region in a Northern Atlantic pastoral area.

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Best Water Related Presentation 2015

Student Competition Winner 2015

Improving drinking water quality in developing nations using a domestic treatment method.

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