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UCD Earth Institute Earth Gathering: 13-15 November, UCD Science East Auditorium, Belfield, Dublin 4

Ours is the first generation to impact significantly on the functioning of our planet’s life support systems.

The Earth Gathering is a 3 day event bringing together perspectives to help us better understand these interactions, and to show how research, enterprise and policy can shape our economy and society in ways that help sustain our economy and environment.

UCD Earth Institute brings together a range and depth of expertise to understand the relationships between energy, the environment, climate change and hazards; to relate science to policy, and support the challenge to meet our climate change and energy obligations; to inform the public and policy process; and to commit to making Ireland an innovation hub for green technologies.

The Earth Gathering has been made possible with support from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, ESB, Science Foundation Ireland, in association with the Climate Gathering and in media partnership with Silicon Republic.

Programme

Wednesday, November 13

Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

19:00 Diaspora welcome reception

Dr Hugh Brady, President UCD

Dr Fiona Doohan, Director, UCD Earth Institute

Eamon Ryan, Climate Gathering

Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), U.S. State Department

Music from vocalist and UCD Research Coordinator, Liz McFeely

Thursday, November 14

Moore Auditorium, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science (East)

08:15 Registration

Music from Uilleann Piper Eoin Dillon (Kila)

09:00 Opening

Professor Frank Convery, Convenor

Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment (Video Message)

10:00 Meeting the Challenge

Session Chair: Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), U.S. State Department, Making a Difference: Science, Sustainability and International Partnerships

Professor Jennifer McElwain, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Earth Institute, Climate Change: learning from the past to inform the future

11:30 Break (poster session)

12:00 Diaspora Stories

Session Chair: Professor Emma Teeling, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Earth Institute

12:30 Keynote address

Sean O’Sullivan, Carma, Re-inventing transportation and improving the environment

13:15 Lunch (poster session) - Atrium, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science


14:45 Sustainable business for a sustainable future: a discussion from industry leaders

Session Chair: Paddy Hayes, Executive Director, ESB Generation & Wholesale Markets, Electricity Supply Board (ESB)

Pat Burt, former mayor of Palo Alto, and CEO of Palo Alto Tech Group

Addressing the climate change and enterprise challenges at local level – the Palo Alto story

Martin Curley, vice-president at Intel Corporation and director of Intel Labs Europe

Towards achieving Environmentally Positive Innovation and Enhancing Academic Freedom

John O’Donoghue, CEO, EnBio

From start-up to solar exploration

16:00 Break (poster session)

16:15 Diaspora stories

Session Chair: Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, Professor of Inclusive Design for Education and Director of SMARTlab

19:30 Evening Reception: The Guinness Storehouse

Friday, November 15

Moore Auditorium, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science (East)

08:30 Registration

09:00 Energy and Food

Session Chair: Dr Fiona Doohan, Interim Director, UCD Earth Institute

Kevin McGeeney, Founder and CEO of SCB Group, Switzerland

Paul McMahon, Managing Partner at SLM Partners

10.30 Pop Up Sessions – please see page 9 for details

12.30 Lunch – Atrium, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science

14.00 Pop Up Sessions – please see page 9 for details

16.30 Close and wine reception

18:30 Gathering Diaspora Dinner (by invitation) The Sussex Restaurant


Pop Up Sessions – Running in Parallel
Friday, November 15

10:30 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:00

Climate Topic Host(s) Time Environmental Markets Don Bredin 10:30 – 12.30 Combined effects of multiple climatic and non-climatic stressors on ecosystems Tasman Crowe 10:30 – 12.30 A glance at UCD CASL Antonella Ferrecchia /Mike O’Neill 10:30 – 12.30 Extremes and Climate Modelling Andrew Parnell and John O’Sullivan 10:30 – 12.30 Spatial Indicators in the Context of Land-use Change and Modelling. Brendan Williams & Eoin O’Neill 10:30 – 12.30 Resources and Resource Efficiency Topic Host(s) Time Food for the Future Fiona Doohan 10:30 – 12.30 Time with Successful Irish Entrepreneurs and Captains of Energy Businesses Don MacElroy and K.R. Thampi 10:30 – 12.30 Waste as a sustainable source of energy and high value products Kevin O’Connor 10:30 – 12.30 Traditional and crowd sourced geographic data as research tools Michael Brennan 10:30 – 12.30 & 14:00 – 16.00 Policy Innovation Peter Clinch 10:30 – 14:00 Composite materials for resource efficiency Nora Patten 14:00 – 16.00 Life Cycle Assessment: academic and enterprise applications Nicholas M. Holden 14:00 – 16.00 The certification of marine renewable energy devices Frederic Dias 14:00 – 16.00 Housing Policy; efficiency and fairness – a debate Donal Lennon and Paul Walsh 14:00 – 16.00 Greening National Well-being Measures Finbarr Brereton 14:00 – 16.00

The Earth Gathering has been made possible with support from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, ESB, Science Foundation Ireland in association with the Climate Gathering and in media partnership with Silicon Republic.

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