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Planet OCEAN 
Dublin | 21 September 2019

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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Contemporary Marine Environments

Changing marine environments form a significant part of contemporary concerns around global warming. Rising sea-levels, microplastics, oil spills, and fishing practices are just some of the compounding environmental factors that scientific research attempts to tackle. Yet the sea is also an everyday space of both livelihood and leisure. Coastal environments are key to local livelihoods and national economies. For the individual, the sea may be a space of escape, sport, or inspiration. Indeed, the sea’s intangible nature as well as its flux and flows have influenced writers and artists from the earliest beginnings of human history. With these scientific, economic, historical, local and cultural pulls at work, the need to think comprehensively about the marine ecosphere becomes evident. If marine and coastal environments are to be preserved for future generations, then these interdisciplinary interactions must be charted and negotiated today.

With these concerns in mind, a consortium of researchers from Dublin City University (DCU) and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) is organising a one-day interdisciplinary workshop on the theme ‘Planet Ocean’. Funded by the Irish Research Council under its ‘Creative Connections’ call, this consortium is comprised of researchers from diverse fields such as literature, marine ecology, classics, and chemistry. The workshop will take place on 21st September 2019 at DCU’s All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra, Dublin.

We we're part of a round table discussion on Living and working in and with Marine and Coastal Environments. See the final programme for more details on the workshop agenda.


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