Wednesday, 3 April 2024

Geography PhD Student Georgia MacMillan along with, Dr Hannah Dalgleish, Dr Therese Conway and Dr Marie Mahon have written a chapter which is part of latest book from Nick Dunn and Tim Edensor entitled "Dark Skies: Places, Practices, Communities".  Open Access:

Wednesday, 3 April 2024

EuroDark2024(The European Conference for Dark Skies) took place in Groningen 14-17 March, well attended by interdisciplinary researchers from all over the world who gathered to discuss the growing impact of light pollution and its impact on society and the environment.  IRC Employment based scholar, Georgia MacMillan (Geography , University of Galway) presented an update on her research on dark skies, with insights on walking interviews in the dark as a methodology.  Also as part of the winning conference bid team, Georgia presented an update on the plans for ALAN2025 (Artificial Light at Night Conference), ALAN2025 is the next major international dark sky conference and will take place in Westport in October 2025.  

Friday, 5 April 2024

Dr Kathy Reilly will Chair the 2nd Mary Robinson Climate Conference. This year’s event will take place in Ballina from June 5th – 7th; the theme for the conference is ‘A Shared Response to a Shared Responsibility’. The call for session proposals is currently open; more details on the conference and the link to the submission portal can be found here: This event is Co-Chaired with Professor Peter Croot and Dr Gesche Kindermann (Natural Sciences, University of Galway).

Friday, 5 April 2024

Dr Una Murray represented Ireland and the University of Galway at a recent EU Mutual Learning Programme looking at the synergies between gender equality and climate action (The Netherlands 21-22 February 2024). Member countries prepared comments papers on climate and gender. Una prepared the Comments Paper for Ireland, which is available on the European Commissions Website: Comments Paper Ireland:

Friday, 22 March 2024

A reflection by Yuhan Zheng, Discipline of Geography, University of Galway on COP 28: Far-Reaching Impacts of Climate Change on Well-being, Food Security, Energy Transition, Nature, Diversity and Equality [Read]

Monday, 25 March 2024

On Friday, March 22nd, the university hosted a visit from the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Joe Hackett. Mr Hackett was welcomed by University President, Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, and University Vice-President, Prof. Becky Whay, after which he participated in a Q&A event introduced and moderated by Prof. John Morrissey. The Q&A engaged a number of core areas of Ireland’s foreign policy principles, with the Secretary General fielding questions on topics ranging from gender, peace and security to hunger, inequality and human rights, to more specific questions on Irish Aid’s programmes, Gaza, Ukraine and Northern Ireland. The event was attended by a wide range of students from Geography, mirroring our commitment to research and teaching on vital global concerns, from climate change to sustainable development, from migration to human security. Pictured in the photograph are Prof. Becky Whay, VP-International, Joe Hackett, Secretary General of the DFA, Emma Madigan, Director of Policy Planning Unit at the DFA, and Prof. John Morrissey, Geography.

Monday, 25 March 2024

MA in International Development Practice students have learned a lot from Development Practitioners this semester. Some of the guest speakers and visitors to Geography they engaged with include: UNHCR, the UN International Labour Office (ILO), Irish Aid, GIZ Malawi (German government development agency), World Vision, Trocaire, The Irish League of Credit Unions Foundation, the Global March against Child Labour and Misean Cara.

Friday, 15 March 2024

Chris Pain from Irish Aid visited the MA in International Development Practice students on Wednesday 13 March 2024 - great discussion on Irish Aid overseas development strategy and programmes. Chris and also discussed the IRC/COALESCE project on migration climate change and social protection with key researchers on the project.

Wednesday, 24 January 2024

Prof Frances Fahy, Dr Benjamin Schmid and Dr Michael Lydon of the University of Ireland Galway, were in Sofia last week to meet with partners of the Horizon 2020 EnergyPROSPECTS project, led by the University of Galway. The partner meeting took place alongside a scenario-building workshop, which was arranged by the Applied Research and Communications Fund. 

Monday, 29 January 2024

The final conference of Climate CAMPAIGNers will take place in Brussels this March. Prof Frances Fahy, Dr Natasha Keenaghan (GAL) and Dr Kathleen Stokes (DCU) are involved in this multinational collaborative project and helped with the development of an app to facilitate sustainable lifestyles.  The event will showcase the app and present the key project results.   Register for the event HERE. The app can be downloaded HERE. 

Monday, 5 February 2024

The Climate Campaigners project team are hosting an event aimed at preparing for the European elections in 2024. The primary goal of the event, ‘The right to have a choice to live sustainably with Climate Campaigners Amplifier Cities’, is to spearhead a "Go Vote" campaign advocating for a robust European Green Deal with collective action at its core. Climate Campaigners project aims to be the mechanism for citizen-driven change in a way that is fully immersed in behavioural research and integrated with local, national and EU-level policy goals. Event Details: Date: 20 February 2024 Time: 4-6 PM CET Platform: Zoom (Will be sent upon registration) Register here.

Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Last week (1-3 March), Geographers from the Discipline of Geography, University of Galway, Dr Gordon Bromley and Dr Martin Nauton co-hosted with our Earth & Ocean Sciences colleagues the 67th Irish Geoscience Research Meeting (IGRM), an all-island congress for all things geoscience. We had a full house for two days of talks and posters, including keynotes by our colleagues Kathryn Fitzsimmons (U. Tubingen) and John Walsh (UCD) and prizes for best student talks/posters. 

Monday, 11 March 2024

Prof Frances Fahy, Dr Michael Lydon and Dr Benjamin Schmid took part in the final event of the EnergyPROSPECTS project ‘Energy citizenship in the making’ in Brussels on March 5. The event was organized in collaboration with three other H2020 sister projects (EC² - Clean Energy Transition, DIALOGUES, ProjectENCLUDE), which all address the critical role of energy citizenship in the context of a European Green Deal. A key contribution at the event was the presentation of a Joint Strategy Paper on ‘Ways to support civic engagement in the European energy transition’ (link: More information about EnergyPROSPECTS can be found here:”

Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Ireland’s Foreign Policy in a Rapidly Changing World The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) works on a number of core areas of Ireland’s foreign policy, including: orientating an active and principled membership of the UN, EU and other international fora; delivering a high-quality international development programme; and expanding Ireland’s presence and influence abroad. Joe Hackett, the Secretary General of the DFA, will visit the University of Galway on the 22nd March to meet with students and faculty and discuss ‘Ireland’s Foreign Policy in a Rapidly Changing World’. Mr. Hackett will be welcomed by University President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, and both will make short initial remarks, with Mr Hackett setting out the current priorities of the DFA’s work, followed by a Q&A moderated by Prof. John Morrissey. The Q&A will give colleagues and students the opportunity to engage on a range of urgent global security and development concerns. O’Donoghue Centre, University of Galway Friday, March 22nd, 12-1pm

Friday, 9 February 2024

As part of SHARED GREEN DEAL (a five-year, European Union Horizon-2020-funded project), members of the Clean Energy experiment team led by University of Galway’s Prof Frances Fahy met in Jaywick, the United Kingdom for a study tour. They exchanged experiences with facilitating community visioning for clean energy futures in different locations and learned about the challenges of future visioning and community energy in Jaywick. Postgraduate researcher Emily Gray represented the University of Galway at the study tour. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Hear about the collaborations developed to date, the successes of last year's sand fences, and help plan Grattan Beach 2024. Everyone is invited to come along to this free and exciting event. Galway Business School, An Halla MórTuesday February 27th 7:30pm to 9pm

Thursday, 1 February 2024

Dr Eugene Farrell is a contributing author to Irelands Climate Change Assessment report published by the EPA. Dr. Farrell contributed to Volume 3 'Being prepared for Ireland’s future' (290pp) that provides knowledge on (1) research and policy gaps in Ireland, (2) cross-cutting issues framing adaptation in Ireland, and (3)  practical steps required to build community involvement and participation to deliver a more climate resilient Ireland. Access the 4 volumes of the ICCA here. Link: