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RIA Online Symposium: ‘Better together: knowledge co-production for a sustainable society’


RIA Better Together

When: 9:00 - 13:00 (IST) on Thursday, 3 June 2021

Register: Free but registration essential. All welcome!

 This half day symposium is organised by the Royal Irish Academy’s Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee in collaboration with Future Earth Ireland and the Environmental Research Institute, UCC and kindly supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. It will explore how the Irish research system can respond to the demand for increased levels of collaboration and interaction amongst scientists, stakeholders and funders to co-produce knowledge and increase its use in decision-making and practice for improved sustainability outcomes.

International experts in transdisciplinary research Christian Erik Pohl, Co-Director of the Transdisciplinarity Lab at ETH Zurich and Carthage Smith, Lead Co-ordinator of the OECD Global Science Forum will give keynotes.

We will also hear insights from knowledge co-production practitioners whose research addresses different sustainability challenges around the island of Ireland and internationally, on their experiences of working together with government departments, industry, NGOs and communities.


  • Peter Brown, Irish Research Council
  • Kerrie Sheehan, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland


  • Brian Ó Gallachoir, University College Cork, Collaborative research for co-production of climate mitigation policy
  • Mary-Liz Walshe, Dublin City Council, Restoration of the River Camac, Dublin
  • Alison Hough, Athlone Institute of Technology and Mary Dobbs, Maynooth University, Cross-border co-production of environmental knowledge: a collaboration with civil society
  • Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez, Ulster University and Catalina Herrera, Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia, Colombia, SAFEWATER: Low-cost technologies for safe drinking water in developing regions
  • Nigel Scollan, Queen’s University Belfast, Food Futures: delivering environmental and sustainability agenda in agriculture and food
  • Ultan McCarthy, Waterford Institute of Technology, Eye-Q: an Intelligent optical freshness profiler
  • Niamh Moore-Cherry, University College Dublin, Mapping green Dublin
  • Ainhoa Gonzalez, University College Dublin, Measuring sustainable actions at community level: the Community SDG Dashboard


They will focus questions such as:

  • When is a co-production approach necessary?                  
  • How do you co-design the research agenda and align expectations?
  • What supports the integration of academic and non-academic perspectives and participants?
  • What challenges arise and how can they be overcome?                                                                                                                                                                        
  • What are the tangible benefits as compared with traditional research approaches?                                                                                      


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Kindly supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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