Join DCU Business School and the Irish Institute of Digital Business (IIDB) for the sixth event of the SDG4B series; Clean Water & Sanitation.
This event will explore SDG6 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which focuses on clean water and sanitation.
Date: Wednesday 25th of November
Where: Zoom Webinar
Tickets: This event is FREE, however those who wish to attend must register through Zoom prior to the event:
For this event, we will be joined by three speakers, outlined below, to discuss how their work aids in the achievement of the sixth goal of sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Speaker 1: Debbie Chapman
Deborah Chapman is currently the Director of the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, based in the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland and until 2019 was also Head of Environmental Science in UCC. She established the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre in 2015 to provide capacity development for the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) global water quality monitoring programme known as GEMS/Water.
Before moving to Ireland in 1990, she was Deputy Director of the UNEP GEMS Monitoring and Assessment Research Centre (MARC) in King College London responsible for international training workshops and global environment data review and assessment. She has 40 years of experience in water-related issues and her book Water Quality Assessments: a guide to the use of biota, sediments and water in environmental assessments, which was prepared with support from GEMS/Water in the 1990s, is a leading text on water quality monitoring and assessment. It is still sold all over the world and used as a student text and by Consultant Groups, Aid Agencies and Water Authorities.
In her current role in the GEMS/Water Centre at UCC, she is responsible for the development and delivery of in-situ and on-line training courses on water quality monitoring and assessment, and for the method development and support to countries in monitoring and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 6.3.2 for ambient water quality. In recent decades her research interests have focussed on water resources management, especially recreational and amenity lakes and reservoirs, developments and current practice in design and implementation of water quality monitoring programmes, and human health risk assessment in relation to the use of freshwater resources and wastewater disposal
Speaker 2: Fiona Regan
Fiona Regan is founder and Director of the DCU Water Institute and is Full professor in Chemistry at the School of Chemical Sciences in Dublin City University. Fiona’s research focuses on analytical chemistry in the field of environmental monitoring and she has special interest in priority and emerging chemicals as well as the establishment of decision support tools for environmental monitoring using novel technologies and data management tools. Her work includes the areas of separations and sensors (including microfluidics), materials for sensing and antifouling applications on aquatic deployed systems.
Speaker 3: Charlie Coakley
Charlie Coakley leads Irish Water’s dedicated sustainability policy team, developing and integrating sustainability policy and strategies throughout Irish Water. These policies and strategies are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG6 – clean water and sanitation. Irish Water is responsible for delivering safe and clean drinking water and environmentally safe wastewater services to households and businesses across Ireland. These vital services underpin the social and economic progress for Ireland, now and into the future.
This event is the third week of a 17-part series taking place every Wednesday until the 7th of April 2021. Click here for more information about the SDG4B series.