Climate and Biodiversity Seminar – Conamara Sea Week 2023

October 28, 10:00
Location: AV Centre, Connemara National Park

This conference will bring a range of expert speakers who will address issues of climate change and biodiversity loss, its impact on our seas, and discuss solutions to bring hope for a better future. Speakers include renowned environmentalist Duncan Stewart, Sven Habermann from Conservation Letterfrack, Fiacc O’Brolchain from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, and Atlantic Technological University, marine ecology researchers,  Emilie De Loose and Patricia Navarro Gonzalez.

This event will be accompanied by poetry from Tedd and Annie Deppe and traditional music performance.

Price: €10, students free. Price includes tea/coffee at interval.

Booking essential. Email to book.

Sponsored by Galway County Council Biodiversity and Climate Sections, Renvyle House Hotel


Duncan Stewart

Duncan produced and presented Ireland’s longest running, environmental series EcoEye which was in production for 15 seasons. One of the most popular television shows on Irish television and for over 100 episodes, he has examined environmental issues both home and abroad. Duncan is Ireland’s leading speaker on Climate Change, Biodiversity, Natural Capital, the Circular Economy and Renewable Energy as well as a variety of topics revolving around our interaction as people with our natural surroundings. This year Duncan received the Freedom of Dublin along with climate activist Greta Thunberg.


Sven Habermann

Preserving Polar heritage, protecting and sharing the wonders of Antarctica.

Sven is an expert historical object conservator and manager of the manager of Conservation Letterfrack. During a ten-week deployment for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, a team of three specialists worked on a historic hut to preserve the building on Damoy Point, located on the northern entrance to the harbour of Port Lockroy, in the Palmer Archipelago of Antarctica. The hut was built in 1973 and used for several years as a British summer air facility and transit station for scientific personnel and was last occupied in 1993. Sven’s presentation will share his experience and the story behind the hut and how it informs us to preserve our environment.


Fiacc O’Brolchain

All Hands on Deck: Exploring the seas on the Celtic Mist with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Fiacc is an Architect with a one-person practise specialising in small hydropower and restoration work on Victorian houses. He is also an avid and passionate sailor and a long-standing member of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. His current involvement is as ‘Superintendent’ of IWDG’s Celtic Mist, a boat gifted by the family of former Taoiseach, Charels Haughey. Fiacc’s presentation will outline the work of the IWDG followed by the story of navigating, voyaging and researching aboard Celtic Mist  



Emilie De Loose and Patricia Navarro Gonzalez

Our One Ocean, Working Hand in Hand

A case study illustrating the interconnectivity of our oceans and the implications for conservation and management. From pole to pole, roaming the seas is part of the life of many marine creatures! So, how do we keep it that way? Emilie and Patricia are research students on the International Masters in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) at Atlantic Technological University in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the School of Science and Computing


Theodore and Annie Depp

Theodore Deppe is the author of seven books of poems. His most recent collection is Riverlight (Arlen House). His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, and The Pushcart Prize anthology. Annie Deppe’s the author of Sitting in the Sky and Wren Cantata (both from Summer Palace Press) and Night Collage (Arlen House). She’s published in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, and the Forward Book of Poetry.               


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