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December Programme of Events

Published: Thursday, 26 November, 2020

The Earth Institute has several events scheduled for December including an EU funding workshop, meetings of our research themes, finishing up with our inaugural Christmas lecture on 17 December. All are welcome to join us for the events, but please do complete the registration forms below to confirm your attendance.

Workshop: Pathways to Horizon Europe  |  8 December  |  10.00-11.30  |  Further information  |  Registration

On 8 December, we're hosting a Pathways to Horizon Europe workshop in partnership with the EU Office in UCD Research exploring the routes people take to being part of or leading EU-funded projects, shedding some light on the scale of the projects, building a consortium and the application process. Joining us to talk about their experience in European funding are Karen Foley (School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy), Nick Holden (Biosystems and Food Engineering) and Francesco Pilla (School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy). We'll also hear from relevant national contact points looking ahead towards Horizon Europe and what to expect from the relevant clusters.

Institute research theme meetings  |  throughout December  |  Register

Over the course of December, we're hosting six meetings of our research themes to discuss opportunities for collaboration and funding and input into the Institute's plans for the coming year. These short informal networking meetings are being hosted by our theme leads - all are welcome to join, whether the theme is your core area of interest or something you'd like to discover more about - we look forward to seeing you at one or more of them!

10 December, 13.00: Sustainable Communities, with Karen Foley (Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy) and Nessa Winston (Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
11 December, 14.00: Climate, with Frank McDermott (Earth Sciences) and Conor Sweeney (Mathematics and Statistics)
14 December, 13.00: Ecosystems and Evolution, with Sonia Negrao and Jon Yearsley (both Biology and Environmental Science)
15 December, 14.00: Water, with Mary Kelly-Quinn (Biology and Environmental Science) and Fiachra O'Loughlin (Civil Engineering)
16 December, 15.00: Built and Constructed Environment, with Shane Donohue (Civil Engineering) and Graeme Warren (Archaeology)
17 December, 10.00: Crops for the Future, with Angela Feechan (Agriculture and Food Science) and Rainer Melzer (Biology and Environmental Science)
Christmas lecture: Perspectives on Plastic Pollution, with Prof. Richard Thompson OBE FRS, University of Plymouth   |  17 December  |  14.00  |  Register

This year sadly we won't be marking the end of the year with our usual festive coffee morning or drinks in Clonskeagh, but we hope instead that you'll join us for our inaugural Christmas lecture. We're delighted to welcome Prof. Richard Thompson OBE FRS from the University of Plymouth, one of the world's leading experts on plastic pollution, to discuss solutions to the global environmental challenge of marine litter. In 2004, Richard published the first paper describing the long-term accumulation of microscopic fragments of plastic in the environment, naming them ‘microplastics’. He and his team have been at the forefront of microplastics research and have shown their global distribution, the potential for transfer from the gut to the circulatory system, and their role in the transport of chemical contaminants.

Following Richard's talk, we'll have a panel discussion on issues relating to plastic pollution, microplastics and waste with Tancredi Caruso (School of Biology and Environmental Science), Treasa de Loughry (English, Drama and Film) and Noreen O'Meara (University of Surrey, UK, and Institute Affiliate Member).