Pathways Towards Sustainability. A Collective Conversation.
Description: Presentations with panel discussion and Q&A
March 11th 2015: 6 – 7.30pm

Image above: Hollywood soaking up the winter mist (near Blackstairs, County Carlow). Photo: Martin Lyttle, January 2015.

“The issue of sustainability spans science, politics, policy development, society, culture, industry and many other areas of human interest. In light of this, for this event representatives from science, environmental policy development, art curation, arts practice and NGOS will come together to share their perspectives and experiences on how they are attending, in their own unique ways, to this central topic. The intention is to capture a picture of the work being carried out by these different agents independently of each other, in order to achieve similar goals in preserving a functioning biosphere for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Recent talk in Hollywood November, 2014

Click to see recent talk in Hollywood November, 2014

It’s been interesting since my talk in Hollywood last November to reflect on the conversations the Hollywood project is enabling. I’ve had heartening news that one of the local people who attended was so inspired that he is in discussions with a forester to have some of his land planted with trees! Another person, a long time visitor to Hollywood, who planted trees shortly after I started the project in 2008 is now using leaves from her quickly growing oak trees in innovative textile work. I’ll post some of these outcomes shortly but a key feature of the work I do lies in the conversations this project brings forth.

So I am delighted to announce that I’ve been asked to talk about the Hollywood project next month as part of the ongoing UCD Art in Science initiative. The talk is part of a series to accompany the current exhibition “Welcome Disturbances” and as an extension of the collaboration between artist Meadhbh O’Connor and Dr Tamara Hochstasser.


Pathways Towards Sustainability. A Collective Conversation.
Description: Presentations with panel discussion and Q&A
March 11th 2015: 6 – 7.30pm

This panel discussion will map the ways in which individuals working in different fields are driving and implementing change towards a more environmentally sustainable future.

Rapid developments in earth system sciences over the 20th and 21st centuries have advanced our knowledge of the complex and interconnected nature of earth’s living and non-living systems. This has lead to a better understanding of our inextricable link to and dependence on highly complex biosystems, and of the impact of human activity on these. The collective goal-setting of sustainability is our expression of concern that humans ultimately will suffer the consequences of our impact on our fellow species and on the environment upon which they depend.

The event take place at the LAB (Dublin, Foley St), unless otherwise stated. All events are free but places are limited, please book at


UCD Art In Science is a hub through which connections and partnerships amongst individuals working in different disciplines can be initiated.

This event aims to adhere to that principle in the hope of generating cross-disciplinary discussion and the possibility of future continued interaction amongst all in attendance. The event will follow a format of brief presentations by each panelist, followed by a lively and chaired discussion with audience participation.

Panel members will include Conall O’Connor, Assistant principal for the Marine Strategy Directive, Dept. of Environment, visual artists Cathy Fitzgerald and Meadhbh OConnor, Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science.

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