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Future Earth Townhall

17 September 2014

On the 17 September 2014 the Royal Irish Academy hoste the first national Future Earth townhall.

Click here to read a report on this event.

Future Earth is the global research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world.

The Future Earth Townhall, held at the Royal Irish Academy building in Dublin, opened with a keynote address from Professor Frans Berkhout.

Professor Frans Berkhout, International Council for Science (ICSU) Interim Director of the Future Earth Programme

Future Earth is a new 10-year international research initiative to develop knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environment change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability over the coming decades.

The intended goal was 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 series of presentations drew on international expertise, informing participants about current international developments in the Future Earth initiative.

The Event began with introductions by the Royal Irish Academy’s International Relations Secretary, Peter Kennedy, and the Academy’s President Mary Daly.


International speakers included:

Dr Tanja Suni, Secretary General Future Earth Finland and Executive Director, European Alliance of Global Change Committees


Professor Tim O’Riordan, British Academy

Professor Christoph Ritz, Executive Director of ProClim- Forum for Climate and Global Change in Switzerland


The presentations concluded with a general dialogue where all participants and the general audience actively participated in the discussion.

Questions from Audience

The Academy also held a panel discussion with national experts offering an Irish perspective on the Future Earth Initiative.

Panellists included:

Professor Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin
Please click on the link to see Professor Davies’ Powerpoint Presentation 

Dr Valerie Cummins, Director of Imerc
Please click on the link to see Dr Cummin’s Powerpoint Presentation

Dr Su-ming Khoo, National University of Ireland Galway
Please click on the link to see Dr Khoo’s Powerpoint Presentation

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