Day 2  |  Parallel Session 6

@ 2.30pm, Thursday 21st Feb

Our final parallel session features talks on engaging the public through citizen science, nature-based solutions for our waterways, and a panel discussion on how we should be investing in nature. Choose which one you'd like to attend:

 Engagement: Learning from Conservation Success 

 Planning for the Future 

 Investing in Nature 

How can we engage the public through citizen science?

How can we use nature-based solutions in river catchments?

How should we be investing in nature?

How can we use nature to help us alleviate floods, improve river health and benefit biodiversity? What does 'ecological engineering' mean for a river and in what circumstances is it the appropriate approach? What kind of local actions are communities undertaking? And are nature-based solutions necessarily solutions for nature?

In this session, we'll hear from academics in the field, ecological and traditional environmental engineers, and a practitioner supporting community-level river management.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: George's Hall, Upper Castle Yard


  • Chair: Marcus Collier (Trinity College Dublin)

  • Alan Sullivan (Rivus)

  • Sheevaun Thompson (LAWPRO)

  • Mary Bourke (Trinity College Dublin)

  • Nathy Gilligan (Office of Public Works)

In Session 2, we heard how Ireland is currently financing biodiversity conservation: where the money comes from, and where it's going to. In this session we'll ask, how should we be investing in nature? What are the priorities for the future? What financial mechanisms are available? How can we ensure that biodiversity spending has the maximum possible positive impact?

This panel discussion will feature contributions from policy experts in heritage and agriculture, a finance specialist, an environmental lawyer and a geographer.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Castle Hall, Upper Castle Yard 


  • Chair: Eugenie Regan (UNEP-WCMC)

  • Niall Ó Donnchú (Dept Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

  • Bill Callanan (Dept Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

  • Margaret O'Gorman (Wildlife Habitats Council)

  • Patrick Bresnihan (Trinity College Dublin)

What exactly is citizen science? What makes the public want to get involved, and how can we encourage more people to take part? How does citizen science support better biodiversity management and how can the public and organisations involved work together to amplify their impact? Should there be a 'Roadmap for Citizen Science', and if so, what should it look like?

This session will hear from leading conservation groups and Heritage Officers at the coalface of citizen science in Ireland.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Printworks Main Hall


  • Chair: Liam Lysaght (National Biodiversity Data Centre)

  • Amanda Pedlow (Offaly County Council)

  • Simon Berrow (Irish Whale and Dolphin Group)

  • Tina Aughney (Bat Conservation Ireland)

  • Brian Caffrey (Birdwatch Ireland)