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Climate Change Impacts on Health and Well-Being: A window of opportunity

The EPA funded Climate Change in the Irish Mind study has provided insights on both levels of eco-anxiety and pathways to change climate related behaviours across the Irish population. This two-day conference builds upon this research by 1) highlighting related research in Ireland on this topic (GoGreenRoutes H2020 project), 2) Showcasing how forthcoming research applying novel methods will create citizen profiles which promote engagement in pro-environmental and climate-mitigating and health promoting behaviours (GoGreenNext Horizon Europe Project) and 3) Co-creating a knowledge brief on how workplaces including campuses can support well-being through coordinated climate actions. The conference will showcase initiative that can help shape how we think, how we work and how we can engage citizens in viewing climate change initiatives not simply as threats to current practices but as opportunities for enhancing human, environmental and planetary health.

Day 1 Agenda

10:30 – 11:00

Registration & Coffee

11:00 – 11:45

Welcome and Opening Address

Kevin Burke

Prof. Rachel Msetfi

The welcome and opening address will be presented by the National Director for Horizon Europe at Enterprise Ireland Kevin Burke and Prof. Rachel Msetfi Vice-President Research Maynooth University.
11:45 – 13:00

Keynotes Talks

Prof. Nadja Kabisch (Leibniz University Hannover)

Prof. Marc Jones (Manchester Met Uni)

Nature- based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas by Prof. Nadja Kabisch AND Nature-Works for Climate and Well-Being: From remote working to nature-based interventions by Prof. Marc Jones
14:00 – 15:15

Panel: Workplace well-being through Climate Action and Sustainability

Dr Annalisa Setti

Prof. Marc Jones

Dr Arlene Egan

Prof. Nadja Kabisch

Panel to discuss how workplaces can be the starting point for climate and health initiatives with Q&A section.
15:15 – 16:00


Prof. David Sheffield

16:00 – 16:30

Networking and Coffee

16:30 – 17:30

Workshop: Nature Connectedness and Mental Health

Dr. Tadhg MacIntyre

Dr. Evi Petersen

Niamh Ni Chonghaile

Day 2 Agenda

09:15 – 09:30

Registration & Coffee

09:30 – 10:15

Keynote: Urban Mobility – a gendered perspective

Dr. Lorraine D’Arcy (TU Dublin Sustainability Lead)

10:15 – 11:30

Panel: Sustainable Lifestyle from Nutrition to Mobility

Dr. Stephen Flood

Dr. Shane Timmons

Alan Scarry


11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00

Workshop: Healthy and Sustainable Campuses

13:00 – 14:00

Closing Lunch

Admission is free and spaces can be reserved online.

Location: Third Floor, Hamilton Institute, Eolas Building North Campus Maynooth Ireland

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