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Second Circular for “Catchment Science 2011”, Sept 2011

The Second Circular for the ‘Catchment Science 2011’ conference in Dublin has been published by & the website has been launched at www.teagasc.ie/catchmentscience.

Can we manage agricultural catchments for economic and environmental objectives?

The conference will present current ideas and experiences from progressive initiatives around the world which conduct research, monitoring, and demonstration on water resources management and regulation in agricultural catchments.

Where are we seeing successes and why?

How have catchment management programmes worked with farmers to implement water quality improvements? What are the socio-economic issues relating to environmental policies and farming and how have they been overcome?

Can you contribute your ideas or learn from others?

Submissions for oral and poster presentations are invited that encompass areas of agricultural catchment science especially relating to water resource and landuse management in the themes on day 2

Conference fees:

The cost of the conference including lunches and field trip is 300. Conference dinner (day 2) 35

PROGRAMME

Day 1

Introductions

Prof Gerry Boyle and Mr Ger Shortle (Teagasc, Ireland)

Opening address: Prof Andrew Sharpley, University of Arkansas, USA

Policy perspectives: Mr Pat Duggan (DoEHLG, Ireland) and Dr Dan McGonigle (DEFRA, UK)

Introducing the Agricultural Catchments Programme and the Demonstration Test Catchments

initiatives. Prof Phil Haygarth (University of Lancaster, UK) and Prof Phil Jordan (Teagasc, Ireland)

Day 2

Theme 1 Scale issues Networks, observatories and farms. What works best for which stakeholders?

Key note speakers:

Dr Brent Clothier, Plant & Food Research, Palmerston, North, New Zealand

Dr Scott Wilkinson, CSIRO, Townsville, Australia

Theme 2 Catchment uncertainty, Empirical and modelling experiences; uncertainties in science and policy

Keynote speakers: Dr Helen Jarvie, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK

Prof Brian Kronvang, National Environmental Research, Institute, Denmark

Theme 3 Counting the costs, Socio-economic implications of catchment-scale agri-environmental measures

Keynote speakers: Prof Catherine Kling, Iowa State University, USA,

Dr Julia Martin-Ortega, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK

Theme 4 Case studies, Examples of environmental mitigation policies and evaluation science; future challenges

Keynote speakers:

Prof Dennis Frame, University of Wisconsin, USA

Dr Ross Monaghan, Agresearch, Mosgiel, New Zealand

Conference dinner, Dublin

Day 3

Visit and workshop: experimental, catchment in Co. Monaghan (1.5 hours from Dublin)

Important dates:

Abstract submission by 31st May 2011

Final registration by 3oth June 2011

(conference limit of 180 attendees)

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About the Author: Dr. Sim Reaney is a catchment hydrologist and modeller based in the Department of Geography at Durham University.

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