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DIT hosts Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality Training School

Posted: 29 August, 2016

DIT in association with Dublin City University has been host to a group of twenty postgraduate and early stage researchers from across Europe.

Wicklow Uplands Council hosted a workshop with training school participants, community representatives and the Wicklow Uplands National Park.

Professor Pat Brereton Head of School of Communications, Dublin City University and Dr Ken Boyle, School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Transport, DIT developed the training programme with Professor Dr Michael Roth, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, School of Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Urban Planning. The training school is a part of the COST Action (TU1401) Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality and took place in DIT Grangegorman from 22nd August to 26th August.

A highlight of the training school has been support of the Wicklow uplands Council in the hosting of a workshop on options for renewable energy in the county. The students met with representatives from the Wicklow Uplands Council, the National parks and Wildlife Service, the South Wicklow Wind Energy Action Group, a wind energy developer and members of the local communities. The workshop was facilitated by Brian Dunne, co-ordinator of the WUC and held on their premises in Roundwood, Co Wicklow

In addition representatives from Fáilte Ireland, Coillte teo, The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and a EirGrid presented sectoral overviews on landscape quality and the renewable energy sector in Ireland.  Keynote addresses were also given by:

Dr Ulrike Wissen Hayek, Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Dr Dan van der Horst, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society; Deputy Director of Research, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dr James Palmer, Professor Emeritus, SUNY, College of Environmental Science & Forestry.

Conor Skehan, Lecturer, School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning, DIT Bolton St.