ENVIRON 2013 at Ryan Institute, Jan 30 to Feb 1

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At the launch of the Ryan Institute’s Centre for Health from Environment at ENVIRON2013 were (l-r): Prof. Colin Brown, Director of the Ryan Institute, Mr. Tony Juniper, sustainability advisor and author, and Dr. Martina Prendergast, Strategic Development Manager of the Ryan Institute.

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Mr. Tony Juniper, sustainability advisor and author, and Dr. Martina Prendergast, Strategic Development Manager of the Ryan Institute. Mr. Juniper’s trip was sponsored by the Galway University Foundation. 

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Mr. Tony Juniper delivers the keynote lecture at ENVIRON 2013.

The 23rd Irish Environmental Researchers’ Colloquium, ENVIRON 2013, hosted by the Ryan Institute was held at NUI Galway from Wednesday to Friday January 30th to February 1st, 2013. The theme of this year’s colloquium was “Environment: From Ecosystem Functioning to Human Health”.

The theme challenged 250+ delegates to consider how their research can contribute to providing a healthier planet and thereby a healthier society. The conference began on Wednesday, 30th January 2013 with a number of workshops during the day on offer to delegates.

panel_debate_mindmap_croppedOn Wednesday evening a Question and Answer session and panel debate was held in the Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway on the theme, “Securing Ireland’s Energy Future”. Over 150 people attended to hear the panel, moderated by architect and TV personality Mr. Duncan Stewart, and made up of Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party, Brian Barrett, Senior Executive with Galway County Council, Chair of the Galway Renewable Energy Enterprise Network (GREEN). Prof. Phillip Walton, Professor of applied physics, NUI Galway until retirement & one of the founding members of the Better Environment with Nuclear Energy Group (BENE) and Dr Eimear Cotter, Senior Manager, Environmental Protection Agency. The debate covered issues such as renewable energy policy, energy technologies, fossil fuels, opposition to new renewable technologies, nuclear energy, etc.  Main points from the debate and ensuing discussion were collected as a mind map, available here.

The keynote lecture on Thursday morning was delivered by Mr. Tony Juniper who is one of the top ten international environmental figures of the last 30 years. Juniper is a British campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading environmentalist recognised among other activities for his work as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.  He presently works as a Special Advisor to the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, having previously worked (2008-2010) as a Special Advisor with the Prince’s Rainforests Project. He is a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), working as a member of the teaching faculty and contributing to several programmes. His new book “What has Nature ever done for us?” was published in January 2013.

The first annual ESAI Environ Career Expo took place on Thursday afternoon. Attendees met representatives from NGOs, environmental consultancies, research institutes, and semi-state bodies to discuss job opportunities; internships; post-doctorate and Ph.D. programmes; and receive career advice.

For more information and the full book of abstracts, please visit http://www.environ2013.org

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