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Future Earth Ireland Activities

Future Earth Ireland conducts a range of networking, awareness raise and public engagement activities. Some of the recent highlights have been:

A Tree Academy at the Academy

The Future Earth Ireland working group were delighted to partner with Easy Treesie to host a Tree Academy at the Academy on the 25th of February, 2020. Children from the Malahide and Portmarnock Educate Together primary school visited Academy House for a morning of training on how to be Climate Ambassadors for their generation. The event received coverage in the Irish Times and a short video of the day was created to record the events:

It's Easy Treesie to Plant-for-the-Planet 3-min from Easy Treesie on Vimeo.

BEHAVE: Behaviour Change for Climate Change

On the 27th of November 2017, Future Earth Ireland held an event called ‘BEHAVE- Climate Change and Behaviour Change’.

The event comprised of keynote addresses by Dr. Charlie Wilson, University of East Anglia and Iain Watt, Forum for the Future, UK. There was then a panel discussion and a substantial Q+A session. The event proved to be extremely popular with over 150 people in attendance and a lively twitter discussion took place in parallel with the proceedings.

The full report of this event can be read here

Doing Transdisciplinary Research: Lessons from the Frontline

On the 29th of November 2016, Future Earth Ireland, supported by the RIA and the EPA, organised a workshop on the topic: Doing Transdisciplinary Research: Lessons from the Front Line

The aim of the event was to provide an update on the activities of Future Earth and to provide an opportunity for an exchange of views on the challenges and opportunities of transdisciplinary research.

The event included an update on Future Earth Europe, a discussion of how transdisciplinarity can be used to protect our coasts, and a panel discussion on transdisciplinarity in practice.

The report from the workshop is available to download

Townhall Meeting

The Royal Irish Academy townhall meeting on the Future Earth initiative took place on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. The goals of the townhall were twofold: to raise awareness of the Future Earth initiative across the Irish research community in the sciences, humanities and social sciences, and to communicate potential roles and opportunities for Irish researchers pertaining to Future Earth.

The townhall meeting included a keynote address from Professor Frans Berkhout, ICSU and Interim Director of the Future Earth Initiative. Other speakers included:

  • Dr Tanja Suni, Secretary General Future Earth Finland and Executive Director, European Alliance of Global Change Committees,
  • Professor Tim O’Riordan FBA, British Academy,
  • Dr Christoph Ritz, Executive Director of ProClim - Forum for Climate and Global Change in Switzerland,
  • Professor Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin,
  • Dr Valerie Cummins, National Maritime College of Ireland 
  • Dr Su-Ming Khoo, NUI Galway.

General discussion at the meeting revolved around developing awareness and identifying how Irish research could contribute to the global project. A record of proceedings was subsequently published by the Academy.

European Future Earth Regional Workshop in Paris

In May 2013, the Royal Irish Academy supported the participation of Professor Anna Davies, TCD, to attend the European Future Earth Regional Workshop in Paris. Her delegate’s report suggested that Ireland should look to create a mechanism within the national research system to connect researchers with the Future Earth initiative and to internationalise Irish researchers working within the Future Earth arena.

At the end of 2013, an interim transdisciplinary working group was established to raise awareness of the Future Earth initiative and a decision was taken to organise a townhall meeting on the topic.

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