'Environmental Policy Making and the Circular Economy', 13th October
Webinar hosted by the ISS21 REACT Research Cluster & the UCC Civic and Community Engagement Committee:
'Environmental Policy Making & the Circular Economy: the Roles of the EU, Ireland and Civil Society'
Presenter: Cillian Lohan, Vice-President for Communications of the European Economic and Social Committee
Respondent: Dr Barbara Doyle-Prestwich, UCC
13 October, 11.30-1 p.m.
Cillian Lohan has been vice-president for Communications of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since October 2020, and an active member of the institution since 2015. He has worked extensively in the corporate and environmental sectors. He is a leader in the field of the Circular Economy and was the inaugural chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, which he helped to establish. Cillian has extensive experience as a delegate to the United Nations, working on initiatives such as the COP climate negotiations and the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. As CEO of the Green Economy Foundation, he has overseen ambitious projects including the planting of over one million trees in Ireland and the establishment of a wildlife reserve in Tobago. Cillian graduated from University College Cork and the University of Ulster with a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Science.
A TED Talk by Cillian Lohan on the circular economy is available HERE
Follow him on Twitter: @CillianLohan
Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich is Head of Plant Science & Principal Investigator in the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences. She is a Plant Biotechnologist whose broad research interests include the use of biotechnology for sustainable agriculture, crop improvement and the use of plants for the production of medicinal compounds. She has previously worked with beneficial soil microbes for plant growth & disease resistance incorporating principles and tasks highlighted in the European Green Deal, particularly in the Farm to Fork Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More recently she has become interested in urban farming practices, specifically aeroponics and runs a number of outreach activities which opens science up to a broad audience. She is funded by the Irish Research Council, Horizon Europe, Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. She is currently working with a start-up looking at climate-resilient genome edited crop plants.
Dr Barbara Doyle-Prestwich, UCC