Colombia Bio documentary series launch

21 October  |  17.00-18.20  |  Event video link

This autumn, the Earth Institute is delighted to be partnering with the Embassy of Colombia to Ireland and UCD Biological Society for a series of documentary screenings exploring and celebrating Colombia's unique biodiversity. The four documentaries in the Colombia Bio series explore how Colombia supports the study, conservation, management and sustainable use of its incredible  biodiversity.

17.00  |  Series launch with Ambassador Patricia Cortés Ortiz, Diego Calderon, Dr Adam Kane and Prof. Tasman Crowe
Join us for an introduction to the Colombia Bio series with Diego Calderon, a Colombian biologist and ornithologist, who is featured in the opening documentary in conversation with Dr Adam Kane, UCD. 

17.20  |  La casa de la vida  |  by Juan Fernández López, in which a group of scientists teams up with FARC ex-combatants to access La Morena jungle in Anorí, Antioquia, for the first time.


How to better integrate nature in cities: are serious games effective tools?

21 October 2021  |  11.00-11.30  |  Zoom link

Join us for this week's coffee morning with Aura Istrate from the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy!

Innovative tools to mainstream nature-based solutions in urban planning are needed for more liveable and climate-ready cities. Serious games can facilitate knowledge exchange and future scenario co-production by involving multiple stakeholders through interactive interfaces.  However, measuring what a game can achieve proves difficult. This session touches on the purpose, potential and limitations serious games have when used for better integrating nature in cities.


More Sustainable and Resilient Urban Traffic using CAV

Thursday 28 October  |  11.00-11.30  |  Zoom link

Join us for this week's coffee morning with Shen Wang from the UCD School of Computer Science! 

The emerging connected autonomous vehicles (CAV) are likely to be widely seen on the road in the next few years. How much benefit can it bring to the existing road traffic? Shen's recent simulation-based work demonstrates that the introduction of CAV can make urban traffic more sustainable (in terms of reducing CO2 emission and fuel consumption) and more resilient( in the event of unexpected traffic congestion).


(In)sensitive violence, development, and the smell of the soil: Strategic decision-making of what?

Thursday 4 November  |  11.00-11.30  |  Zoom link

Join us for this week's coffee morning with affiliate member, Rashedur Chowdury from Southampton Business School, University of Southampton! 

Firms may commit aspects of violence in a sophisticated way. To this end, Rashedur argues that, as firms and their influential agents (e.g. government bodies and NGOs that often work as third parties and claim neutrality) participate in designing and performing violent activities under an influence of ideological beliefs, certain aspects of violence are difficult to trace. In other words, it is not always easy to point out exactly which powerful actors did what to result in violence such as injury and killing. Because of this limited traceability of actions, certain consequences of such violence remain invisible for a long period of time. However, such violence has devastating effects that go beyond the physical and mental harm suffered by the victim, affecting even the socio-emotional situations of marginalized people. Accordingly, Rashedur conceptualizes a form of violence with limited traceability and invisible negative consequences, which is termed as insensitive violence. By doing so, he also discusses fundamental flaws of economic and human perspectives of development that encourage recursive use of insensitive violence at the expense of environmental damage and emotional degradation of marginalized communities.


Coffee Morning with Akshit Puri

Thursday 9 December  |  11.00-11.30  |  Zoom link

Join us for this week's coffee morning with Akshit Puri from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science!