2015 ESAI Winter newsletter
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Welcome to the ESAI Newsletter - December 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of the ESAI newsletter. We hope you are finding the new ezine format more user-friendly for navigating and reading. Please forward to other colleagues who may be interested in receiving this quarterly newsletter by subscribing using the instructions below or on our web site

In this edition of the newsletter, we report on a number of ESAI activities. We were pleased to receive a good number of high quality applications for the 2015 ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year award, now in its second year and congratulate the winner Luke Prendergast of UCD. Well done also to the first awardees in our new initiative, the ESAI Grassroots Workshop Support Scheme kindly funded by the EPA (more below), and thanks to ESAI Council members for assessing the applications for the awards above.

Our offer of free membership of ESAI is now open to undergraduates on courses listed on our ESAI courses page. See below for information on how to avail of this offer. We are grateful to our ESAI Liaisons for promoting this message in each college.

ESAI partnered with CIWEM on a half-day conference “Innovation in Water & Wastewater Technology” in Cork on November 27 and we always welcome opportunities to co-host relevant events with other organisations. 

Preparations are well underway for Environ 2016 (March 22-24) at University of Limerick. The event is being co-ordinated by Dr Ronan Courtney and Dr Ken Byrne with their local committee along with the support of ESAI Council. Further details can be found in this newsletter. We look forward to seeing you there next March.


ESAI Chairperson
Dr Tom Curran

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ESAI Grassroots Workshop Support Scheme

Don't forget the Grassroost Workshop Support Scheme is still running. The purpose of the EPA/ESAI Workshop Support Scheme is to assist early stage researchers with the delivery of workshops that fall within the remit of the ESAI and EPA. The amount of the award for each event is €600 which is meant to be a contribution to the overall cost of the event. Proposals will be assessed every two month (month end August, October, December, February, April & June). 

Already a number of Workshops have been funded including, ‘Green Shoots v Green Transport’ workshop held at NUI Galway and A (free) Citizen Science and GIS Training School in NUI Galway. Full articles on these events and more information on how to apply can be found here.

Postgraduate of the Year Award 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Luke J. Prendergast from University College Dublin (UCD) who has been awarded the 2015 ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year by the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland. The winner of this prestigious annual award receives a prize of €500. Luke has just finished his PhD thesis entitled “Monitoring of scour around structures using changes in natural frequency of vibration”, an inter-disciplinary effort combining both structural dynamics and geotechnical engineering. He undertook the research in UCD School of Civil Engineering under the Earth and Natural Sciences PhD Programme as funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). He was supervised by Dr. Kenneth Gavin, Lead PI of the Geotechnical Research Group at UCD. He is now working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the UCD Centre for Critical Infrastructure Research (CCIR) under the continued mentorship of Dr. Gavin. He graduated from Civil & Environmental Engineering at University College Cork (UCC) in 2011. Read more about his research Here.

Articles by ESAI Members

Emer Cosgrove, Elizabeth O’Reilly and Cara Augustenbourg, Council members of ESAI recently met former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as part of his global movement to increase climate change awareness and action.

Nine Irish environmental communicators recently met former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as part of his global movement to increase climate change awareness and action. The Irish delegation joined more than 1,200 other Climate Leaders from 85 countries in Miami, Florida to receive training on how to communicate the climate crisis and solutions to the public. Mr. Gore agreed to a brief private meeting with the Irish delegation where they discussed the challenges of climate communication in Ireland.

To date, Al Gore has trained more than 9,000 people to become Climate Leaders and over 19,000 climate presentations have been delivered as a result. In return for receiving the Climate Reality training, Climate Leaders agree to give at least ten climate talks in their local communities based on Al Gore’s own climate presentation, which featured in his Oscar-winning documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.
The new Climate Leaders are now available to give presentations based on Al Gore’s own climate presentation. Irish Climate Leaders can be contacted through their new website,

The Irish delegation was sponsored in part by the Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency and through their own personal fundraising efforts

Read more about ENVIRON 2016 here

CIEEM Irish Section Conference and AGM 2016

Title: Advances in Technology and Analysis in Ecological Assessment
Location: Glenview Hotel, Co. Wicklow
Date: 10-11 February 2016

For further information and updates on this event please visit here 
LCA Food 2016: 10th International conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food
Location: University College Dublin, Dublin
Date: 19th-21st October 2016

The UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and Institute of Food and Health are hosting this international conference. The call for abstracts is open for submissions until the end of 2015. There are special rates for students to attend.
Details are available on the LCAFood2016 Website:
Leave No Trace, Outdoor Awareness workshop 
Location: The Board Room, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Date: February 2
nd 2016, 10.00pm – 5pm
Contact:  Maura Lyons, +01 9059009
Programme:  The Leave No Trace awareness workshop is a one day certified course. Participants will learn about the outdoor environment and the Leave No Trace  programme. This involves outdoor quizzes, games and interactive activities that consider the impact outdoor activities have on the natural environment as well as discussions on how to solve issues.
Visit here for more details.

Editor of the ESAI newsletter

Elizabeth O'Reilly

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