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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 otherís 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 Ä50 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 shipís 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 email@example.com 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.
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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 yearís 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 Ä250 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 Irelandís 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 Ä2.9 billion per annum to the Irish economy.
To understand and protect this valuable resource, new user-friendly, online identification keys on Irelandís biodiversity are required to increase our knowledge on these poorly studied aspects of Irelandís 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 Ďthat 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 Irelandís biodiversityí.
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: Ä250 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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