EPA Conference to Showcase Environmental Protection Research Projects

Date released: Feb 05 2008

The EPA will showcase over fifty environmental protection research projects at a conference in Dublin this week.  The conference, entitled Today’s Environmental Research, Tomorrow’s Environmental Protection, will be held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th February.

Presentations on key issues by national and international researchers will be included, along with demonstrations of novel technologies for environmental protection on topics such as Climate Change, Water Quality, Environmental Technologies, Biodiversity and Land-use.

Speakers include Mr John Gormley TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Mr. Andrea Tilche, European Commission.  Over 300 researchers and policy makers are expected to attend.

Speaking about the conference, Dr Mary Kelly, EPA Director General, said:

"Research activities supported by the EPA are helping to generate the knowledge and know-how, and to produce the researchers needed to contribute to the knowledge economy and to address environmental challenges in industry and in the wider society."


"The provision of a sound evidence base is key for effective environmental protection.  It is vital, therefore, that the research community continues to provide high-quality, targeted outputs to be used by EPA and others, including policy makers.  Equally it is up to the various bodies and organisations to ensure that this knowledge is used effectively both in policy development and in operational work."
“The exciting developments in environmental technologies presented here demonstrate how Ireland can use its strong scientific base to develop new ‘green’ business opportunities. Ireland’s environment is already benefiting from the work done to date through our research programmes and I look forward to continued success and innovation in this area.”


Projects being demonstrated at the conference have been funded by the EPA through two programmes:

  • the Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation Programme 2000-2006 and
  • the STRIVE Programme (Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment) 2007-2013. 


Note to Editor:
EPA research programmes: ERTDI and STRIVE
Many of the projects being presented were funded under the Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) programme (2000 – 2006).

In 2007, EPA launched the successor research programme, STRIVE, which will run from 2007-2013 with funding of approximately €100 million. The aim of the STRIVE Programme is to support research and development to protect and improve the natural environment by addressing key environmental management issues, through a world-class research programme. The seven principal thematic areas for the programme are as follows:

Theme A: Climate Change;
Theme B: Waste, Resource Management & Chemicals;
Theme C: Water Quality and the Aquatic Environment;
Theme D: Air Quality, Atmospheric Deposition and Noise;
Theme E: Impacts on Biodiversity;
Theme F: Soils and Land-use;
Theme G: Socio-economic Considerations.