SPEAKERS INCLUDE

EurGeol Mairead Glennon PGeo
EurGeol Mairéad Glennon PGeo is President of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland and is Product Development Manager of Geological Survey Ireland’s Tellus programme. Mairéad graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 (B.A. Natural Science) and from Newcastle University in 2008 (M.Sc. Applied Hydrogeology). Mairéad previously worked in the private sector as a contaminated land hydrogeologist and then as a self-employed geoscientist contracted to Geological Survey Ireland from 2009 to 2016. During this time Mairéad was a manager on the award-winning Tellus programme, managing regional geochemical and geophysical surveying, public outreach and stakeholder engagement. Mairéad now manages Product Development, focussed on the use of applied Tellus geoscience data to support mineral exploration, agriculture, environment and public health in Ireland. Mairéad previously served as secretary (2017-2018) and board member (2013-2017) of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland and was a founding committee member of the Ireland Brownfield Network.


EurGeol Dr. Eibhlin Doyle PGeo
EurGeol Dr. Eibhlin Doyle PGeo is Chief Geologist and heads up the Exploration and Mining Division- technical of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.  She has worked in exploration sector with Barymin, Conroy Petroleum and Natural Resources (later to become Arcon) with whom she discovered the Galmoy zinc-lead deposit in Co. Kilkenny, with BHP where she was the company’s exploration manager for Ireland.  She joined the Geological Survey Ireland in 1999 and had responsibilities for the Groundwater, Marine and Minerals Sections.  In 2009 she was appointed to lead the Technical staff of the Exploration and Mining Division which regulates the minerals industry in Ireland.  Eibhlín was the inaugural president of the IGI and was chairperson of the Professional Affairs Committee which she set up while president of the IAEG.


Marko KomacEurGeol Assoc. Prof. Marko Komac
Marko is an independent consultant, an external part-time researcher at the University of Ljubljana, an Assoc. Prof. for GIS at the UNI of Nova Gorica, and the President of the Board of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG). From 2006 to 2014 he was the director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia. From 2012-2016 he was a Vice-President of the IUGS, and in 2011 and 2012 the President of the EuroGeoSurveys. He has more than 21 years of experiences in landslide analyses, GIS, remote sensing in geology, spatial analyses and modelling. Currently he’s involved in several EFG H2020 funded projects. He’s a (co)author of more than 500 bibliographic units mainly from the above listed research areas and several times IronMan 70.3 finisher.


John Sweeney

Prof. John Sweeney
Emeritus Professor John Sweeney from Maynooth University is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He has taught climatology at Maynooth and a number of universities in North America and Africa and has published over 100 scientific papers and authored/edited/co-authored 4 texts on various aspects of Irish climate. He has served as President of the Irish Meteorological Society, the Geographical Society of Ireland and An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland as well as being the Irish representative on a number of European academic bodies. He has been involved in various international research projects and has led several national research projects examining aspects of climate change in Ireland. Professor Sweeney contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is also a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on matters related to climate change science and policy.


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Nic BilhamNic Bilham C.Geol
Nic is at the University of Exeter, where he researches responsible sourcing of minerals, the relationship between mining and the circular economy, and the challenge of assuring environmental and social impact standards across complex value chains and production-consumption networks. Until 2018, he spent 20 years working at the Geological Society of London, most recently as Director of Policy and Communications. For several years he was one of the UK representatives on the Council of the European Federation of Geologists, and he has a longstanding interest in how the work of professional geoscientists relates to societal challenges, policy-making and public engagement.

Nic is an Executive Council member of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), and chair of trustees of Geology for Global Development (GfGD). He holds a BA in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge), and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy (University of Sussex).


Ed O KeefeEd O’Keefe
Director – Synergy Global
Ed has over 20 years of international experience focused on helping organisations understand and manage their interactions with society. He has played a critical role in the success of numerous sensitive projects.

Ed’s extensive expertise lies in managing the socio-economic impacts of large-scale development projects (including social impact assessments) and management systems, and building processes for effective stakeholder partnerships. He has done this successfully in over 30 countries, particularly in Eurasia and Africa, and works with companies and organisations like Shell, AngloGold Ashanti, the IFC, Rio Tinto, EITI, the DFID, Fauna & Flora International, and other international NGOs.

He is a trained ISO 14001 lead auditor and has led numerous external assessments and audits of community relations management systems. Ed has been an external assessor for Newmont’s Five Star Community and External Relations Management System.

He currently leads Synergy’s work on skills development; this includes the development and delivery of our innovative community relations practitioner course in partnership with the University of Witwatersrand, and training for ICMM members.

Ed has authored papers and delivered public talks on a range of subjects, advancing thinking on issues including indigenous people, poverty and the extractive sector. Ed is based in our UK office in Oxford.


Brendan SlatteryBrendan Slattery
Head of Environment and Planning, McCann FitzGerald
Brendan Slattery is the Head of Environment and Planning at McCann FitzGerald Solicitors. He has been busy with the first major carbon capture and storage project in the State, the BusConnects programme, the fresh applications for consent for the Shannon LNG project, the Greenlink interconnector, renewable energy projects including three 90ktpa AD plants, two offshore wind projects and countless onshore wind projects. Before joining McCanns, Brendan spent five years looking after An Bord Pleanála, defending more than one hundred judicial review challenges. He also represented the Environmental Protection Agency in almost one hundred prosecutions.