Key Events in the Environmental Calendar
At EES we pride ourselves on our strong research focus. As we’re constantly striving to stay on top of developments and innovations in the field of environmental solutions, we keep a close eye on the major environmental events throughout the year. Here’s a rundown of some of this year’s most important events:
26th-28th February: Environ 2014
In February, Trinity College played host to the Irish Environmental Researchers’ Colloquium, Ireland’s largest gathering of environmental researchers with over 300 delegates attending. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Environmental Challenges and Solutions’.
The colloquium provides a platform for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to share their most up-to-date findings with academics, industry players and policy makers.
The event covered many topics including energy, biodiversity, climate change, agriculture but we were particularly interested in the sessions on waste water, monitoring and instrumentation, water quality, waste water, monitoring and instrumentation.
27th March: 3rd Annual Water Ireland Conference
Held every March, Water Ireland is the foremost conference for the Irish water sector, attracting around 220 attendees. This year’s event focused on some of the most important developments in Ireland’s water sector, including environmental challenges, asset management, infrastructure delivery, and consumer engagement strategies.
The conference provided some interesting insights into the Water Framework Directive and the vision that the EU has for safeguarding water resources.
The integrated water resource management challenge facing Ireland was also a major topic of discussion.
5th-9th May: IFAT
Held in Munich, IFAT is the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management. Last year’s event saw close to 3,000 exhibitors from 54 countries present their innovative products and solutions to the 125,000+ in attendance.
If you want to get a glimpse of the future of environmental solutions, you have to keep a close eye on this event.
14th-16th May: European Utility Conference in Oslo
The European Utility Conference (run every two years by the International Water Association) brings together utility professionals from across the EU to network and share ideas related to water and wastewater utility strategy, policy and management.
With over 200 delegates taking part, including consultants, regulatory authorities and other key stakeholders, this event always has a big impact on the future of EU water utility policy.
11th-12th June: EPA National Water Event 2014, Galway Bay Hotel
This two day event is a key forum for Local Authorities, Regulators, and Water Professionals to learn about current changes in Ireland’s Water Policy and Practice.
Talks will cover a wide range of topics including:
- Fulfilling the Water Framework Directive: A European Perspective
- Public Information and Water Framework Directive Implementation
- Protecting Health at Bathing Waters
- Investment Priorities in Urban Waste Water and Drinking Water
- New Nitrates Regualtion and National Action Programme
- Climate and our Water
31st August- September 5th: World Water Week
Hosted annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week has been the leading event for global water issues since 1991.
Last year’s event, which focused on “Water Cooperation and Building Partnerships,” attracted over 2,500 participants including key players from the public and private sectors, water management and science sectors, research and training organisations, and UN agencies. This year’s event, themed around ‘Energy and Water’, promises to be even bigger.
During the week there will be a number of workshops tackling a variety of water challenges. But we’ll be keeping a very close eye on the session about “Water, Energy and Urban Development and the Potential for Integrated Approaches.”
22 – 23 October 2014: Resource Ireland
Resource Ireland brings together two co-located shows, the Irish Water Exhibition and the Irish Recycling & Waste Exhibition. As EES operates at the intersection of these two sectors, we have a keen interest in this event.
Held in the RDS, the two day event is a great chance to find out about new products, and keep up-to-date with developments in Ireland’s water and waste sectors. It’s also a good opportunity to network and exchange ideas with leading experts in the environment, water, recycling and waste sectors.