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Interdisciplinary workshop on the topic 'Planet Ocean', organised by Dublin City University and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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'Planet Ocean'

Changing marine environments form a significant part of contemporary concerns around global warming. Rising sea-levels, microplastics, oil spills, and fishing practices are just some of the compounding environmental factors that scientific research attempts to tackle. Yet the sea is also an everyday space of both livelihood and leisure. Coastal environments are key to local livelihoods and national economies. For the individual, the sea may be a space of escape, sport, or inspiration. Indeed, the sea’s intangible nature as well as its flux and flows have influenced writers and artists from the earliest beginnings of human history. With these scientific, economic, historical, local and cultural pulls at work, the need to think comprehensively about the marine ecosphere becomes evident. If marine and coastal environments are to be preserved for future generations, then these interdisciplinary interactions must be charted and negotiated today.

With these concerns in mind, a consortium of researchers from Dublin City University (DCU) and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) is organising a one-day interdisciplinary workshop on the theme ‘Planet Ocean’. Funded by the Irish Research Council under its ‘Creative Connections’ call, this consortium is comprised of researchers from diverse fields such as literature, marine ecology, classics, and chemistry. The workshop will take place on 21st September 2019 at DCU’s All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra, Dublin.

The workshop aims to bring together academics and non-academics from Ireland and abroad who engage in research or daily practice related to engaging with and protecting the world’s seas and oceans. Participation is open to all who are willing to look across disciplinary and professional boundaries to ask new questions. Such questions include: how do the natural sciences engage with coastal communities and heritage pasts and presents encountered in their research? How can local knowledge and practices of engagement with the sea inform academic research into the topic? How should conflicting interests pertaining to marine resource extraction and conservation efforts be charted and negotiated? In which ways can the natural sciences, local practices, and cultural heritage inform literature, art, film, and music made about marine environments in the context of global warming? Can work in the humanities contribute to conservation efforts and community engagement projects? By seeking collaborative answers to these questions, the workshop hopes to initiate constructive, ongoing interdisciplinary and trans-institutional dialogue on marine environments.

Confirmed Keynote Speaker - Prof. Callum Roberts (University of York)

Prof. Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York (UK). His research focuses on threats to marine ecosystems and species, and on finding the means to protect them. For the last 28 years, he has used his science background to make the case for stronger protection for marine life at both national and international levels. His recent research efforts include a collaborative project with leading scientists that demonstrated how expanded ocean protection can help mitigate climate change. Prof. Roberts has published a number of books, including The Unnatural History of the Sea (2007), Ocean of Life (2012), and the forthcoming Reef Life (2019). Prof. Roberts was the chief scientific advisor for BBC series Blue Planet II (2017).

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