EESD2021 Prenotes

Welcome to EESD2021 Prenotes, a series of free online interactive webinars leading up to EESD2021 in Cork,  from 13-16 June 2021. The webinars will incorporate a number of thought provoking speakers who will address key themes associated with the conference series.

The first of these will be held to coincide with the original EESD2020 conference date:

9 June 2020 from 14:00-16:00  local Cork time (UTC+1/GMT+1)

This is equivalent to:        15:00-17:00 CET        09:00-11:00 EDT        23:00-01:00 (+1 d) AEST      06:00-08:00 PDT 

We look forward to seeing you here, and hearing from other EESD practitioners for the series!

The first EESD Prenote will involve a number of industry based engineering practitioners whose work brings them into engagement with various societal and environmental projects.

They will present their thought provoking reflections and perhaps challenge engineering educators about how programmes ought evolve to produce fit-for-purpose contemporary engineering graduates who are capable of addressing emerging sustainability related challenges/crises/transitions, thus making a positive contribution to society and our environment. This will be followed by an audience participatory dialogue.

The EESD2021 Prenote: Contemporary Industry Perspectives on EESD  is free and open to attend though pre-registration is required.

If you wish to request an invite, please do so by emailing: before 12:00 (UTC+1; Cork time) on Monday, 8th June 2020.

Speakers are as follows:

Clodagh O’Donovan, Arup.
Sorcha Ní Mhuimhneacháin, Canadian Solar

Facilitator:      Dr Paraic Ryan, UCC

Clodagh O’Donovan is a Director and the Planning Team Lead at Arup in Ireland. This team advises and delivers value to clients on projects in climate change and carbon, transport planning, master planning and urban design, statutory consent and environmental assessment. With 25 years’ experience in civil and environmental engineering, Clodagh has extensive expertise in the management and delivery of complex, multidisciplinary projects. This includes guiding projects through the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Appropriate Assessment (AA) and statutory consent process, as well as having significant experience in stakeholder consultation. Clodagh is a chartered engineer with Engineers Ireland (CEng, FIEI) and a registered consulting engineer with ACEI (FConsEI).

Sorcha Ní Mhuimhneacháin graduated with a degree in Energy Engineering from University College Cork and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. During her studies at UCC she spent a year at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), specialising in renewable energy technologies. She also led the Engineers Without Borders Chapter in UCC, which became a dominant voice for sustainability issues on campus and a force for change in the education of engineering students. Her University of Cambridge research, sponsored by the Arthur Shercliff Memorial Trust, focussed on bottom-up strategies to accelerate the electrification of remote mountain communities in Nepal.
In 2018 she returned to Munich to join Canadian Solar as part of their burgeoning Systems Solutions department. She now works on turnkey execution of photovoltaic projects in Europe. As well as informing technical design, she collaborates on strategy development for new market entry. Her priority is to target ventures which are mutually beneficial to both community and company.