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Twelve Female Scientists Set to Speak at Soapbox Science Dublin 2022, supported by the Earth Institute

Twelve female scientists set to speak at Soapbox Science on South King Street, Dublin on Saturday 18 June 2022, supported by the Earth Institute Read more

Earth Institute member Alma Clavin awarded Creative Ireland Climate Action grant for Repair Acts Ireland project

Earth Institute member Alma Clavin has been awarded a Creative Ireland Climate Action grant for the Repair Acts Ireland project in collaboration with artist and academic Teresa Dillon to foster more vibrant repair cultures in Ireland, starting in County Westmeath. Read more

BioBeo project led by Earth Institute member Tom Curran receives €2 million funding

Coordinated by Associate Professor Tom Curran, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, BioBeo is a new €2 million project to develop a bioeconomy education programme funded by the EU’s research and innovation framework, Horizon Europe Read more

UCD Festival 2022 includes Biodiversity Trail and Earth Institute members' events

UCD Festival 2022 includes Earth Institute and UCD Research Biodiversity Trail and events organised by Earth Institute members Read more

Prof. Fiona Doohan elected as Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Congratulations to Institute member Prof. Fiona Doohan, of UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, for being elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Read more

Katherine Burns commended in 2021 ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year competition

Former Institute associate member Katherine Burns was commended in the 2021 ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year competition Read more

EPA research project infographic of the year award for project on ammonia emissions

Institute member Tom Curran and co-author David B. Kelleghan collaborating with artist and illustrator Nathan T. Wright recently won research project infographic of the year 2021 in the EPA Researcher Awards Read more

Success for Institute members in SFI Future Frontiers programme

Institute members Angela Feechan, Adam Kane and Tancredi Caruso working with Jon Yearsley have been awarded funding through SFI's Future Frontiers scheme. Read more

UCD Geography Students Awarded Research Funding by the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum

UCD Geography Students Marc Kynes and David O’Mahony Awarded Research Funding by the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum Student Joint Research Collaboration Read more

The UCD Earth Week 2022 programme of events has been launched!

Join us for an exciting programme of events including a campus tree walk and flask talk competition. Read more

Call for participants for our annual Earth Day 2022 Flash Talk competition on 27 April

Calling all UCD postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers! Does your research tackle environmental or sustainability issues? Join us for our annual Earth Day flash talk competition from 16.00-17.30 on 27 April 2022. Read more

Research by UCD Earth Institute members impacting Policy

Recent research and publications by UCD Earth Institute members is shaping policy both nationally and internationally Read more

Earth Institute Director appointed to Biodiversity Citizens’ Assembly Expert Advisory Group

UCD Earth Institute director Professor Tasman Crowe appointed member of the Biodiversity Citizens’ Assembly Expert Advisory Group Read more

Climate change education report

Worldwide Universities Network funded consortium 'Education in a Warming World: A Collaborative Research Network on Education and Climate Change' led by Dr Orla Kelly has just published a report entitled Tertiary Education in a Warming World. Read more

Energy Transition exhibition

On 22 February 2022, the Energy Transition (Energiewende) exhibition in the O'Brien Centre for Science was officially opened by UCD Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact Professor Orla Feely; German Ambassador to Ireland Cord Meier-Klodt; and Professor Andrew Keane, Director of the UCD Read more

Funding for ÉIREhemp

Funding for Hemp research in the Shared Island North-South Research Programme Read more

New Earth Talk with Dr Sónia Negrão

Talking about sustainable agronomy and crop science with Dr Sónia Negrão, School of Biology and Environmental Science Read more

Launch of Talking Towns seminar series

UCD Centre for Irish Towns launch Spring schedule for Talking Towns seminar series. Read more

Artist in Residence Deirdre O’Mahony: Earth Talk and Exhibition Launch

Deirdre O'Mahony is the Earth Institute Artist in Residence in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council for 2021-22. She is currently exhibiting in the Royal Hibernian Academy. We interviewed Deirdre for the Earth Talks series about her exhibition and the residency so far. Read more

CAMEO project receives funding from the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund

The CAMEO (Creating an Architecture for Manipulating Earth Observation data) project team has secured funding under the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment’s Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF), managed by Enterprise Ireland, to establish a new Earth Observation (EO) platfo Read more

Launch of Strategic Priority Support Mechanism 2022

The Earth Institute announces fifth annual call to identify short-term strategic priorities. Proposals detailing targeted, impactful projects addressing topical challenges are invited. Read more

“No bog standard” when it comes to Irish peatlands

Earth Institute member Dr Florence Renou-Wilson recently co-authored the EPA Research Report 'Peatland Properties Influencing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removal' Read more

New Strategic Priority Project: UCD Mountain Research Group

UCD Mountain Research Group (MRG) is a new Strategic Priority Project that aims to promote interdisciplinary work on mountain landscapes within and beyond UCD Read more

European Council appoints Professor Suzanne Kingston as CJEU judge

Earth Institute member Professor Suzanne Kingston has been appointed as a judge of the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Read more

‘A cog in the wheel’: An important Index for assessing Ireland’s SDGs progress

Earth Institute members Dr. Aparajita Banerjee and Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh along with Prof. Enda Murphy have recently published the EPA Research Report Framework for Achieving the Environmental Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

Launch of Dundrum Community SDG Dashboard

Earth Institute researchers and Dundrum 2030 community group have worked together to create a dashboard which aims to foster social engagement for monitoring local progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

New All Island Climate and Biodiversity Research Network officially launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill on 9 November 2021

New All Island Climate and Biodiversity Research Network officially launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill on 9 November 2021 Read more

Dara Stanley recipient of Science Foundation Ireland Early Career Researcher of the Year 2021

Award for impact of work on pesticides and pollinators and commitment to engaging members of the public. Read more

Institute members awarded IRC research funding to tackle societal challenges

Interdisciplinary projects on early prehistoric heritage in Europe’s mountains and participatory democracy in remote places awarded funding through IRC COALESCE scheme. Read more

Colombia Bio documentary series screenings this autumn

Join us for series of four documentaries revealing how Colombia supports the study, conservation, management and sustainable use of its incredible biodiversity. Read more

New project looking at the 4 Day Week seeks Research Assistant

Join the team on 'The Triple Dividend; Assessing the Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of Reduced Worktime in Ireland' project Read more

WaterLANDS: New European Green Deal project launched to lead largescale restoration of European wetlands

12 October 2021: WaterLANDS will restore wetland sites across Europe which have been decimated by human activity, and lay the foundations for scalable protection across much wider areas. The project has been awarded €23 million of funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Programme Green Deal. Read more

Launch of Irish Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (ISMON)

7 October 2021: New state-of-the-art network launched to monitor soil moisture conditions, cover the major soil types, land uses and climatic regimes in Ireland. Project is jointly led by members of the UCD Earth Institute, Met Éireann and Teagasc. Read more

Earth Institute Strategic Priority Projects 2021

The Earth Institute is delighted to announce the three new 2021 strategic priority projects supported by the Earth Institute Strategic Priority Support Mechanism (SPSM). Read more

UCD Centre for Irish Towns launch Talking Towns seminar series

Talking Towns is a new seminar series organised by UCD Centre for Irish Towns with our support. The series aims to spark conversations about the challenges facing Irish towns, the opportunities they offer, and the role of research and policy in bringing about the revitalisation of towns in Ireland. Read more

Part-time Research Assistant Position on SAPBio project

Working on SAPBio: Stakeholder Attitudes and Perceptions of Biostimulants and Biopesticides. Deadline 5pm, 27 August 2021 Read more

New Institute Members, Summer 2021

This summer, the Earth Institute welcomed one new affiliate member, Rashedur Chowdhury, as well as five new members: Cara Augustenborg, Aura Istrate, Karen Keaveney, Akshit Puri, and Budi Zhao. Read more

Introducing BatsAndBugs.ie

Earlier this week, Bat Conservation Ireland and University College Dublin’s Batlab announced the launch of BatsAndBugs.ie, a collaborative project, supported and financed by The Community Foundation for Ireland and National Parks and Wildlife Service. Read more

Education for Sustainable Development: The Role of Higher Education in Mission 4.7

All are welcome to join the virtual side event, Education for Sustainable Development: The Role of Higher Education in Mission 4.7, at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2021 scheduled for July 14th, 2021. Read more

Open Call for Artist in Residence 2021-2022

The UCD Earth Institute, in partnership with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, is delighted to announce the open call for Artist in Residence 2021-2022 at UCD Parity Studios. Read more

SDG Community Dashboard newsletter

SDG Community Dashboard, one of our Strategic Priority projects led by Dr Ainhoa Gonzalez, has produced a newsletter for the Dundrum community. Read more

Soapbox Science, 3 July Dublin 2021

Twelve Female Scientists Set to Speak at Soapbox Science Dublin 2021 Read more

New Institute Members, May 2021

This month, the Earth Institute welcomes four new members: Christine Bonin, Declan Delaney, Aidan O'Sullivan, and Shen Wang! Read more

Professor John Brannigan Admitted to the Royal Irish Academy

Professor John Brannigan from the UCD School of English, Drama and Film is one of 27 new members that have recently been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy. Read more

Centre for Irish Towns soft launch and first seminar in our 'Talking Towns' series

Launch of CfIT as an official UCD centre for research and training and kicking off the first of our 'Talking Towns' seminar series. Read more

Prof. Tasman Crowe Appointed as Chair of the National Biodiversity Forum

The Earth Institute congratulates Prof. Tasman Crowe on his recent appointment as the new chair of the National Biodiversity Forum. Read more

UCD to join United Nations Academic Impact: event on 11 May

UNAI aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realisation of UN goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution. Read more

Collaborative Vertebrate Genomes Project Establishes New Standards of Quality and Scale in Genome Sequencing

On 28 April, in a special issue of Nature, the Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP) announced their flagship study on genome assembly quality and standardization for the field of genomics. Read more

Earth Institute Annual Flash Talk Competition

The Earth Institute held its annual postgraduate and postdoctoral research flash talk competition during Earth Week! Read more

2021 Story of Your Stuff Competition

Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and held in partnership with the UCD Earth Institute, the fifth annual The Story of Your Stuff competition concluded last week on April 21st. Read more

UCD Ranks 22 in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

UCD is now ranked 22 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more

Communications and Engagement Officer Vacancy

We're hiring a Communications and Engagement Officer to work with our amazing community of researchers! Read more

New Institute Members, March 2021

Welcome to Paul Ennis, Simon Hodge, and Jennifer Symonds! Read more

Prof. Fiona Doohan Receives 2021 NovaUCD Innovation Award

The Earth Institute congratulates crop scientist Prof. Fiona Doohan on her 2021 NovaUCD Innovation Award. Read more

Insights from previously funded SPSM projects

We asked some of our previous awardees about how they found the scheme Read more

New Education & Climate Change network seeks Research Assistant

Research Assistant post with new WUN-funded network on Education & Climate Change, led by Dr Orla Kelly Read more

Culture of Sustainability events at St Patrick's Festival

Three episodes of stories of sustainability this weekend as this year's St Patrick's Festival goes online Read more

Launch of Strategic Priority Support Mechanism 2021

The Earth Institute announces fourth annual call to identify short-term strategic priorities. Proposals detailing targeted, impactful projects addressing topical challenges are invited. Read more

Finalists of the 2020 UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition

Congratulations to Ainhoa Gonzalez, Jennifer Keenahan, and Francesco Pilla! Read more

Dr Orla Murphy Appointed to EU New European Bauhaus High-level Roundtable

Assistant professor Orla Murphy was recently appointed to the EU New European Bauhaus high-level roundtable, an initiative launched by Ursula von der Leyen. Read more

New Institute Members, February 2021

Welcome to Ellen Rowley and Dermot Foley! Read more

New Institute Members, Autumn 2020

Welcome to Hannah, Donna, Daniel, and Orla! Read more

December Programme of Events

The Earth Institute is hosting a number of events in December, including an EU funding workshop, research theme meetings, and an inaugural Christmas lecture. Read more

Earth Institute Members Awarded Funding through the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme

Professor Emma Teeling and Associate Professor Shane Donohue received funding for their projects through the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme. Read more

Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network

Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network, the final report by the Marine Protected Area Advisory Group has been published today for the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Read more

New online MSc in Sustainable Development

UCD launch new Masters with the UN's SDG Academy Read more

Associate Member Committee

The Earth Institute is delighted to announce the establishment of the Associate Member Committee. Read more

HempHub project publishes review of Cannabis

HempHub project publishes open access review of the biology, breeding and applications of Cannabis on Authorea.com Read more

Earth Institute Strategic Priority Projects 2020

The Earth Institute is delighted to announce the two new 2020 strategic priority projects supported by the Earth Institute Strategic Priority Support Mechanism (SPSM). Read more

Artist in Residence 2020/2021

Mark Clare joins the Earth Institute as the 2020/2021 Artist in Residence. Read more

New Institute Members, September 2020

Welcome to Brendan O'Neill and Md Salauddin! Read more

Commencement of Consultation Process on the Expansion of Ireland’s Network of Marine Protected Areas

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien T.D., and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan T.D. announced the commencement of the consultation process on the expansion of Ireland’s Marine Protected Areas. Read more

New Institute Members, July 2020

Welcome to Rui Teixeira, Patrick Paul Walsh, Bradley Garrett and Andreas Hoepner! Read more

UCD Earth Institute response to new Programme for Government

The Earth Institute welcomes the inclusion of several policy objectives in the new Programme for Government ‘Our Shared Future’, which align closely with Institute Strategic Priorities, Read more

New Institute Members, June 2020

Welcome to Conor Buggy, Elke Eichelmann, Marie Moran and David Nyaluke! Read more

Prof. Frank McDermott elected as Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Congratulations to Institute member Prof. Frank McDermott, of UCD School of Earth Science, for being elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Read more

UCD Earth Week: Virtual Program of Events Launched

Although our community is currently dispersed, we've managed to compile a range of diverse activities to celebrate #EarthDay2020! Read more

Launch of Earth Institute's Strategic Priority Support Mechanism 2020 Call

UCD Earth Institute launch third annual call for proposals to identify short-term strategic priorities for the Earth Institute. Read more

Assistant Prof. Sónia Negrão recieves SFI President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award

Assistant Prof. Sónia Negrão is one of three UCD researchers to be honoured by Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins as 'Future Research Leaders' with prestigious award. Read more

Open Call: Artist in Residence

UCD Earth Institute, in partnership with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, launch open call for Artist in Residence Read more

New Institute Members - January/February 2020

The Earth Institute warmly welcomes two new members, Jennifer Keating and Treasa de Loughry. Read more

New Institute members, November 2019

Welcome to Sarah Cotterill (UCD School of Civil Engineering) and Liana Ricci (School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy) Read more

EI scientists meet with Taoiseach to address climate change

EI scientists & SFI meet with Taoiseach to address climate change. Read more

Prof Kevin O'Connor awarded SFI Researcher of the Year

Prof. Kevin O'Connor is the winner of the prestigious 2019 Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year Award. Read more

New Institute members, October 2019

Welcome to William Foster (School of Earth Sciences), Oliver Kinnane (School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy) and Páraic Carroll (School of Civil Engineering) Read more

EI scientist to chair expert group

Prof. Tasman Crowe is to chair expert group advising Government on marine protected areas. Read more

ESM Webtool is launched

ESM Webtool developed and maintained by Dr Ainhoa González is launched by EPA. Read more

New Institute members, September 2019

Welcome to James Sullivan (School of Chemistry), whose research group studies the synthesis, characterisation and application of heterogeneous catalysis in the areas of environmental chemistry and energy generation. Read more

New Institute members, August 2019

Welcome to Pezhman Ghadimi (Mech and Materials Engineering), Grace Cott (School of Biology and Environmental Science) and Soumyabrata Dev (Computer Science). Read more

Kevin O’Connor appointed to EU Horizon Europe mission board

Delivering solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges in the areas of cancer, climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities and healthy soil and food by the end of 2019. Read more

New Institute members, June 2019

Welcome to Julie Ballweg, Sam Kelley, Mick Lennon, Anita McKeown and Paula Russell. Read more

Soapbox Science returns to Dublin

Global public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do, organised in Dublin by Institute member Dara Stanley Read more

UCD Bloom Garden 2019 awarded silver medal

Garden visually displaying and explaining the change in the Irish diet over the past 8,000 years developed by team from UCD. Read more

Institute members and associate members in the news

Research on Dublin Bus Connects scheme, bats and ageing, and sense of smell in dinosaurs featured in media. Read more

New Institute members, May 2019

Welcome to Tom Curran (Biosystems and Food Engineering), Sharon O’Rourke (Biosystems and Food Engineering), Penelope Muzanenhamo (Business) Read more

UCD Sustainable Development Goal Research Seminar Series

The eighth seminar in our series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals takes place at 13.00 on 14 May in the UCD Geary Institute, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington building. Read more

New Institute members, April 2019

Welcome to Joanna Kacprzyk (Biology and Environmental Science), Andrew Jackson (Law), Barry Molloy (Archaeology) Read more

Nomination of Professor Peter Clinch as Chairperson Designate of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland

Ministers announced the nomination of Institute member Professor Peter Clinch as Chairperson Designate of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland following on open Public Appointments Service process. Read more

Frederic Dias awarded €2.5 million in European Research Funding

Earth Institute member Professor Frederic Dias, an applied mathematician at based in the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics, and a global leader in fluid dynamics research, has been awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant of €2.5m. Read more

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