Sustainability & Climate Action Research

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 10:00 to 21:00
Online event (from 10 to 1 pm) and community in-person event (from 19.00 to 21.00)

Monday 24th October: Online event on Zoom from 10 am- 1 pm and Community Engagement event, in-person from 7-9 pm in the School of Education SE014. 
To register for these events, please follow the Eventbrite link here.

The online part of this event will showcase the research in climate action and sustainability conducted at Maynooth University. This will involve a series of 10-minute presentations, followed by panel discussions and Q&A session. This event is open to all MU staff, students, and members of the public.

It will provide networking opportunities with several external partners, including An Taisce, Kildare County Council (Climate Action Office), Climate Response Ireland and local community groups.

One of the ambitions for the forum is to explore potential collaborative opportunities for MU researchers and students with two important projects, centered around Maynooth, namely the Legacy4Life Low Carbon Plan (An Taisce) and Maynooth Decarbonising Zone (Kildare County Council). We will also discuss how to embed these themes and actions in our teaching and curriculum through our Project and Research Live initiatives.

Time Speaker Topic
10.00-10.10 am Dr Jim Carolan
(Dept. Biology, Maynooth Green Campus)
Introduction/Sustainable crop production & biodiversity
10.10-10.20 am Jennifer Lloyd-Hugues
(Experiential Learning Office)
Project Live and Research Live
10.20-10.30 am Kevin Mullen
(Climate Response Ireland) 
Community engagement with Project Live in 2021
10.30-10.40 am Dr Fabiano Pallonetto
(School of Business) 
Accelerating the decarbonisation of our society with data
10.40-10.50 am Laoise Ní Chléirigh & Dr Máire Nic an Bhaird
(Froebel Dept.)
BioBeo Horizon project 
10.50-11.00 am Comfort Break 
11.00-11.10 am Vanessa Conroy
(Applied Social Studies) 
Gender and Ireland's climate policy
11.10-11.20 am Dr Louise Fitzerald
(Dept. Geography) 
Just transitions
11.20-11.30 am Dr Patricia Healy-Kettle
(Critical Skills)
Sustainable agriculture 
11.30-11.40 am Dr Patrick Bresnihan
(Dept. Geography)
Data Centres & Renewable Energy
11.40-11.50 am John Devaney
(Dept. Biology)
Addressing the climate and biodiversity crises through sustainable forest management
11.50-12.00 pm Comfort Break
12.00-21.15 pm Robert Moss
(An Taisce) 
An Taisce Legacy4Life Project
12.15-12.30 pm Paula O’Rourke
(KCC, Climate Action Officer)
Maynooth Decarbonising Zone
12.30-13.00 pm Questions, Discussion and Future Perspectives

The in-person Community Engagement on Monday 24th October from 19.00 to 21.00 pm. This event will bring together Maynooth SEC, Kildare County Council (Climate Action Office) and An Taisce and will provide the opportunity for all members of Maynooth community to influence and take ownership of our own decarbonised futures.
Location: School of Education, Room SE014 (ground floor) see directions here.

For more details and to register your interest for either of these events, please register here (for room capacity reasons and refreshments).

If you would like to present at this event or have any queries, please contact