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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