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UCD In Conversation: A Virtual Series

Published: Monday, 06 December, 2021

The Earth Institute in collaboration with UCD Alumni Relations is delighted to bring you a four-episode ‘In Conversation’ mini-series focussing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Hosted by UCD Earth Institute director Professor Tasman Crowe on Zoom, these lively, virtual discussions focus on critical global challenges and offer insights for uncertain times.

In November 2019, UCD adopted UCD’s Strategy 2020-2024 ‘Rising to the Future’ within which the first of four strategic themes is ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’. As with all four strategic themes, this theme will operate and challenge the University community across all activities, including research, education, operations and engagement.

Episode 1 - Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals |  Thursday 9 December  |  13.00  |  YouTube video

Orla Kelly (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice) will be in conversation with Patrick Paul Walsh (School of Politics and International Relations) and UCD alumnus David Donoghue (formerly Ireland's Permanent Representative to the UN) discussing what the SDGs are and if we are on schedule to succeed in their implementation as well as the key role Ireland played in their development.

Watch or share the UCD In Conversation: Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals on YouTube.

Episode 2 - Responding to the Climate Crisis  |  Thursday 16 December  |  13.00  |  registration and further information

UCD alumni John Bell (Director Healthy Planet, DG Research & Innovation at the European Commission) and Sadhbh O’Neill (Lecturer in Climate Policy and former Policy Coordinator for the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition) will be in conversation with Andrew Jackson (Sutherland School of Law) discussing how society can respond to the climate crisis and the fallout from COP26.

Episode 3 - Building a Sustainable Future with Business   |  Thursday 13 January  |  13.00  |  registration and further information 

Donna Marshall (College of Business) will be in conversation with UCD alumni Ali Sheridan (Senior Sustainability and Climate Advisor) and Laura Costello (Strategy Director) and will discuss the shift successful organisations have made towards sustainability and the challenges of good corporate citizenship. They will also explore the practice of greenwashing and sustainability lip-service and how to combat it.

Episode 4 - Why is ending hunger so difficult?   |  Thursday 27 January  |  13.00  |  registration and further information

Dolores O'Riordan (Director, UCD Institute of Food & Health and UCD VP for Global Engagement), Aifric O’Sullivan (Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for International Programmes) and Jim Kinsella (Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development), will be discussing the many faceted challenges of feeding the world:  why do people still go hungry when we have “enough” food? Why is so much food wasted? What are the challenges of enabling productivity and profitability through sustainable systems of food production?