GeoScience 2012 Conference

Mon 21st May 2012

Dublin has been declared the City of Science 2012. The Dublin City of Science 2012 festival is a year long celebration of science with over 160 events (see

As part of this, The Geological Survey of Ireland, The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy hosted the GeoScience 2012 Conference 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.

Attended by Niamh O’Keeffe and Marion Murphy over the 2 days, the GeoScience conference was held in the historical setting of Dublin Castle.

Day 1 was a one-day conference “A Safe City: The Contribution of Geoscience in the Urban Environment”. Some very interesting talks included 3D and 4D subsurface models by Dr Diarmad Campell, British Geological Survey; The Dublin Surge Project by Ray Scanlon from the Geological Survey of Ireland. Jim Casey from the OPW gave a presentation on Airborne Coastal Surveys and related GIS applications.

On Day 2, where the topic was From Research to Jobs, informative presentations were given by Tellus Border, INFOMAR, Griffith Awards and Geoscience Initiatives.

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