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Environ 2019 Workshop Information

The conference will begin on Monday, April 15th, 2019, with a choice of three education and training workshops on offer to delegates, one on site and two in the field. Afternoon workshops will be run simultaneously from 14:00 to17:00. Workshops A & C are priced at €10 to attend. Register your interest for any of the workshops below while booking your Environ 2019 delegate place online. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Workshop Information

Workshops on Monday April 15th will include:

Environ Workshop/Field Trip A:

09.30-13:00 Field Trip - "Eco Trails - A walk on the wild side" by the River Barrow. Click here for details

Environ Workshop & Public Engagement Workshop/Field Trip B:

14:00-17:00 "Day-to-day sustainability festival: what can I do?". Our first fringe festival at Environ! An interactive session empowering the individual for sustainable living. Click here for details

Environ Workshop C:

"Bioinformatics: Gene Discovery in Microbiomes". Click here for details

Workshop Details

Environ 2019 Workshop A: Field Trip - "Eco Trails - A walk on the wild side", by the River Barrow

Clashganny Lock, River Barrow Valley, Courtesy Ms Mary White

  • Facilitator: Ms. Mary White, Blackstairs Eco Trails
  • Workshop capacity: 50
  • Monday 15th April 2019, 09:30 -14:00
  • Bus departs IT Carlow at 09:30
  • Wear suitable outdoor clothing and shoes
  • Grade: Easy

A Walk on the Wild Side

This is no ordinary walk. This is a walk that will set your taste buds dancing, and your eyes focused on the flora and fauna on the River Barrow. The Barrow is Ireland's second longest river with a soft, grassy track beneath your feet. You will hear the sweet delicious cadence of the Willow Warbler returning to nest from Africa and see the darting of Swallows, House Martins and Swifts as you follow the river downstream. On the way you will sample delicious wild safe food and all the while the soothing flow of the river will accompany us.

Environ 2019 Workshop & Public Engagement Workshop / Field Trip B: "Day-to-day sustainability festival: what can I do?"

  • Facilitator: Dr David Ryan, Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Workshop capacity: 500
  • Monday 15th April 2019, 14:00 to 17:00
  • This workshop is free and booking for conference delegates is via the registration process
  • This event is also open and free to the public and may be booked through Eventbrite

The Day-to-Day Sustainability Festival forms part of Environ 2019 and will provide a unique opportunity for families, scientists, communities and the country's leading sustainability practitioners and organisations to get together, share ideas and learn from each other. We all want to live more sustainably but can feel unsure and even disempowered as to what we can do at an individual level to have a positive impact on our shared environment. This event will highlight the relatively small but tangible actions that we can all take immediately in order to effect positive environmental change. From decisions around recycling, composting and water harvesting to practical steps on successful tree and wild garden planting to bee-keeping and wild life conservation, energy reduction, transport alternatives, eating seasonally and growing your own, and avoiding the use of plastics, this event will cover it all.

The Day-to-Day Sustainability Festival takes place at Delta Sensory Gardens (Website / Facebook) in Carlow town from 2-5pm on Monday April 15th. Delta is a wonderful space consisting of 16 interconnecting themed gardens, accessible for people of all abilities. Visitors will work their way through the gardens visiting the various displays, stands and how-to events and get a real and practical insight in to how they can immediately begin living more sustainably and will include: the stop food waste programme, home composting, recycling ambassadors, VOICE Ireland, conscious cup and sick of plastic campaigns, community gardens, Teagasc arable margins, Crann million trees project, grow your own, bee keepers and bird boxes, sustainable energy and transport systems, cyclist.ie, refill.ie, the public participation network, local authorities water and communities, citizen scientists and a children's environmental awareness play area.

Come along and learn how you can make a real difference.

Environ 2019 Workshop C: Bioinformatics: Gene Discovery in Microbiomes

  • Facilitator: Dr Andrew Lloyd, Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Workshop capacity: 20
  • Monday 15th April 2019, 14:00 to 17:00
  • At the Institute of Technology Carlow

Ever wondered what's going on under your feet? Curious about what Pseudomonas aeruginosa F113 is capable of . . . biochemically? Or Sinorhizobium meliloti or Lactococcus lactis? We are running a hands-on workshop in gene discovery and genome mapping for those with an interest in the soil microbiome. No soil samples required -this workshop will be computer based using on-line bioinformatics tools to ask about: antibiotic resistance; heavy-metal sequestration; phosphate utilisation; nitrogen fixing; motility; spore-formation or whatever you are interested in. Sequence comparison & molecular evolutionary analyses are an essential prelude to work with Eppendorfs and Petri dishes. The course will take 3 hours; it comes with a manual and will be a mix of lecture and hands-on gene discovery exercises. No prior experience necessary.

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