Geoscience 2012 Conference
GSI planned the Geoscience 2012 Conference which was held in Dublin Castle on 18th and 19th April 2012. The general themes of the conference were water (both surface and groundwater) and hazards in the urban environment from the perspective of the public sector and industry.

Day 1, 18th April, was a one-day conference A Safe City; The Contribution of Geoscience in the Urban Environment”, organised by the Geological Survey of Ireland, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy.

Day 2, 19th April "From Research to Jobs" 
Tellus Border, Annual Technical Seminar
INFOMAR, Survey and Research Highlights
Griffith Awards, Research Highlights
Geoscience Initiatives, Applied Projects and Industry/Policy view

A 200 page 'Conference Abstracts' document is available for download here (17Mb)

Day 1:
Wednesday 18th April
A Safe City
The Contribution of Geoscience in the Urban Environment (download Day 1 Abstracts)

The schedule was as follows (download Day 1 Programme)

9.30 Welcoming address by the Mr. Koen Verbruggen, Acting Director, GSI

Opening by Minister of State, Fergus O'Dowd, T.D. (read Press Release)

10.00 Experiences With Integrated Geoscience Modelling in an Urban Context - Michiel van der Meulen, Jan Stafleu, Ronald Vernes, Jan Gunnink TNO/Geological Survey of the Netherlands. (more details)

10.30 3D and 4D subsurface models for improved decision making and Safer Cities – an example from Glasgow, UK - Dr Diarmad Campbel, British Geological Survey. (more details)

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Groundwater flooding within an urbanised floodplain - David Macdonald, British Geological Survey. (more details)

12.00 Safer Cities in Ireland - Koen Verbruggen, Geological Survey of Ireland. (more details)

12.30 Dublin SURGE Project – Soil Urban Geochemistry study for Dublin - Ray Scanlon, Geological Survey of Ireland. (more details

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Airborne Coastal Surveys and Related GIS Applications in the Office of Public Works (OPW) - Jim Casey, Office of Public Works. (more details)

14.30 New Geological Information from a Tunnelling Study in Dublin Bay - Henning Moe, CDM Smith. (more details)

15.00 Securing our Urban Water Supplies - David Ball. (more details)

15.30 Mad stone under Cork - Darragh Musgrave, White Young Green (WYG). (more details)

16.00 Utilisation of Underground Space in Urban Environments - Tim Paul, (SLR). (more details

16.30 Discussion

17.00 Reception

18.00 Understanding future Earthquakes and Tsunamis - Professor John McCloskey, University of Ulster

19.00 Closes

Geological Survey of Ireland Royal Irish Academy Geological Survey of Northern Ireland Euroscience Open Forum 2012

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Day 2: Thursday 19th April
"From Research to Jobs"
Tellus Border
- Annual Technical Seminar
INFOMAR - Survey and Research Highl
ights (download Day 2 Abstracts)

(download Day 2 Programme)

9:10 Opening by Michael Manley, Assistant Secretary, DCENR

Session 1 - Tellus Border I - Chair: Michael Manley, DCENR

Project Overview - Dr Marie Cowan, GSNI

9:40 Agriculture - An Industry View - Gerry Bird, OCAE Consultants Ltd

10:00 Health - A Research View - Dr Ulrich Ofterdinger, QUB

Delivering on Economic Benefits - Garth Earls

10:40 Coffee and Posters

Session 2 - Tellus Border
 II -
Chair: Noel Cornick, DETI NI

11:00 Keynote - Soil as a Resource - Informing Policy - Dr John O'Neill, DECLG

11:30 Pollution Plume Modelling - Dr Reda Amer, QUB

11:45 Peat Thickness Modelling - Dr Antoinette Keaney, QUB

12:00 Wetlands Management - Dr Alec Rolston, DKIT

12:15 Tellus: Research Highlights and Opportunities - Ray Scanlon, GSI

12:30 Tellus: Contribution to Society - Mike Young, GSNI

12:50 Panel Discussion and Questions

13:10 Lunch

Session 3 - GSI & Geoscience Initiatives I - Chair: Mike Young, GSNI

14:00 Working to create jobs in Geoscience - Paul Butler, Enterprise Ireland. (more details)

14:20 Project Update & how INFOMAR is leveraging projects & creating jobs - Tom Furey, Marine Institute. (more details)

Groundwater: where we are in 2012 - Monica Lee, GSI. (more details)

15:00  Ireland’s Aggregate Potential – Status Report 2012 - Phelim Lally, GSI. (more details)

National Landslide Mapping & Viewer
- Charise McKeon, GSI (more details)

15:40 Coffee and Posters

Session 4 - GSI & Geoscience Initiatives II - Chair: Alan Jones, DIAS

16:10 Geothermal Resource Evaluation - Taly Hunter Williams, GSI. (more details)

16:30 Carbon Capture & Storage Project - Mary Carter, GSI. (more details)

16:50 Geoheritage & Geoparks - Sarah Gatley, GSI. (more details)

17:10 A new National Quaternary Geology Map of Ireland - Robbie Meehan & Michael Sheehy, Talamh Consulting & GSI. (more details)

17:30 Panel Discussion and Questions

17:50 Risk and reward in turning research into jobs: the MTEM story
 - Professor Bruce Hobbs, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

18:30 Reception & Posters

Tellus Border

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