EPA Seminar presents research findings as part of Science Week 2010

Date released: Nov 11 2010

As part of Science Week 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today held its eighth annual Post-graduate Research Seminar at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Some 150 delegates attended the seminar, which included over 20 presentations by EPA funded postgraduate researchers across a broad spectrum of environmental topics including air quality; climate change; environment and health; waste and resource management; biodiversity; water quality; soils and land-use.

The theme for the conference was ‘Communicating Science’.  The keynote address was delivered by RTÉ Environment Correspondent Paul Cunningham who emphasised the importance of good communication skills for scientists – especially in terms of generating a public or government response to their findings.
Other speakers at the event addressed topics such as sustainable transport for local communities, climate change adaptation and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in Irish waters.

Speaking at the seminar, Laura Burke, Director, EPA Office of Climate, Licensing & Resource Use said:

“Building on our expertise in environmental monitoring, regulation and guidance , the EPA supports a broad-ranging programme of scientific research that is carefully targeted to inform environmental policy. This research generates evidence to underpin national responses to key environmental challenges including Climate Change, Water Quality and Waste Management.”