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The programme schedule for the Sustainable Futures Forum is outlined below.

To find out more about each of our speakers and panelists, please see our Speakers section.

Time Sustainable Futures Forum Schedule & Programme
08:30  Networking Breakfast
09:00 Miriam O'Callaghan - RTE broadcaster & MC for the Sustainable Futures Forum
09:10 Professor John O’Halloran – President of UCC 
09.20 Professor Sarah Culloty – Head of the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science, UCC

Dr Marguerite Nyhan – Conference Chair; Sustainable Futures Academic Director; Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at UCC & Research Affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Sustainable Futures: For a Sustainable, Net Zero & Nature-Positive Future"

Dr Vivienne Patterson – Head of Skills, Engagement & Statistics, Higher Education Authority

"Funding the Skills Agenda"


Professor Alison Greig - Director of Education for Sustainability, Anglia Ruskin University

"Education: Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?"


Duncan Ross Times Higher Education 

A short video message: "Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals”


Dr Julie Newman - Director of Sustainability, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Innovating for Sustainability”

Panel entitled Innovating for Sustainability”

Dr Kevin Marshall (moderator) – Head of Learning & Skills, Microsoft

Dr Julie Newman – Director of Sustainability, MIT

Danny McCoy – CEO, Ibec

Robert O’Mahony – Head of Sustainability, Global Operations, Logitech

Karen O'Regan - Managing Director, Accenture Ireland

11:00  Coffee Break

Disha A Ravi – Climate Activist

A short video message: Climate Justice to Transform Our World”

Roberto Estevez – Energy Specialist, World Bank

“Scaling up to phase down: Financing the global energy transition."

Nicki Becker – Climate Activist

A short video message: “Climate Justice to Transform Our World”

In Conversation with Mary Robinson - Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Climate Justice & Our Shared Sustainable Future”

Interviewed by Dr Marguerite Nyhan, UCC
12.50 Lunch @ Lea’s Restaurant, The Glucksman, UCC

Mitzi Jonelle Tan – Climate Activist

A short video message: Climate Justice to Transform Our World”

Panel entitled “Is Anybody Watching? The Role of Media in Engaging Audiences on Climate Action & Ensuring a Sustainable Future”

Miriam O'Callaghan (moderator) - RTE broadcaster

Kevin O’Sullivan - Environment and Science Editor, Irish Times

Deirdre O'Shaughnessy - Irish Examiner

Caroline O'Doherty - Environment Correspondent, Irish Independent


Panel entitled “Urban & Rural Sustainability & Climate Action in Ireland”

Hannah Quinn Mulligan (moderator) - RTE broadcaster and farmer

Professor Brian O’Gallachoir – Associate VP for Sustainability, UCC

Alice Charles – Director of Cities, Design & Planning, Arup

Ailbhe Gerrard - Brookfield Farm

Claire O' Rourke - Wexford Bus, Sustainable Futures MSc Participant

15.55 Closing remarks
16.00 Reception at the Glucksman
17.30 Event Concludes

Sustainable Futures

Ground floor, Iris Ashley Cummins Building, College Road, Cork.,