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UCD In Conversation: Responding to the Climate Crisis
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to current and future generations, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change starkest warning yet, urgent action to combat it and minimise its disruptions is integral to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the future of the planet.

Join our host, UCD Earth Institute Director, Professor Tasman Crowe and expert panellists John Bell, Director Healthy Planet, DG Research & Innovation at European Commission and Sadhbh O’Neill Lecturer in Climate Policy and former Policy Coordinator for the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition who will be In Conversation with Dr Andrew Jackson. Jackson is an environmental and planning lawyer, UCD Sutherland School of Law

In November 2019, UCD adopted UCD’s Strategy 2020-2024 ‘Rising to the Future’ within which the first of four strategic themes is ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’. As with all four strategic themes, this theme will operate and challenge the University community across all activities, including research, education, operations and engagement.

Hosted on Zoom, these lively, virtual discussions focus on critical global challenges and offer insights for uncertain times. UCD alumni are invited to tune in from home and submit questions for a Q&A session at the end of each interview. Our community of nearly 300,000 alumni is more connected than ever and there is no better time for us to rise to the future and inspire transformational change.


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Dec 16, 2021 01:00 PM in Dublin

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Speakers

Dr Andrew Jackson
Lecturer/Assistant Professor UCD Sutherland School of Law @UCD
Dr Andrew Jackson is an environmental and planning lawyer, with broad interests in these fields at international, EU and Irish levels. He previously worked for the international law firm Slaughter and May, in London and Paris; in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); and with NGOs Friends of the Irish Environment and An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, where he was Natural Environment Officer and In-house Solicitor. Dr Jackson has been involved in public interest environmental and planning litigation for many years, including before the Irish, English and EU courts. He is a member of The Access Initiative and ELAW (Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide), two global alliances of public interest environmental lawyers, scientists and other advocates. Dr Jackson is a graduate of Oxford University (BA, Law) and of Cambridge University (LLM). He also holds an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a PhD from TCD.
John Bell
‘Healthy Planet’ Director of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission in Brussels @European Commission
John Bell is the 2019 UCD Alumni Award winner in Research, Innovation and Impact. He is the ‘Healthy Planet’ Director of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission in Brussels. As Director of European Commission DG Research and Innovation, since his appointment in 2014, John has been the leader in the development of the potential of the Bioeconomy. He is paving the way for a more innovative, resource-efficient and competitive society that reconciles food security with sustainable use of renewable resources whilst ensuring environmental protection. He is responsible for leading the Research and Innovation transitions on Climate Change within Planetary Boundaries, Bioeconomy, Food Systems, Environment and Biodiversity, Oceans and Arctic, Circular Economy, Water and Bio-based innovations. This includes harnessing the investments of 10bn Horizon Europe, Circular Bioeconomy, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, and Governing Board of 3.7bn in Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking.
Sadhbh O Neill
Assistant Professor School of Law and Government @DCU
Sadhbh O' Neill is an assistant professor (below the bar) at the School of Law and Government at DCU where she lectures in climate policy and politics. A former coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition and researcher for the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, she has extensive experience in climate advocacy and research in Ireland. Her research interests are in climate ethics and carbon trading. She has attended most of the COPs since Paris (2015) and most recently COP26 in Glasgow where she participated in the Irish civil society delegation. She is also planning to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming TCD seanad by-election.