The first of a series of talks to be held in conjunction with the Terra Nostra Exhibition takes place this evening at 5.30pm in the downstairs meeting room of Block A.
Our guest speakers this evening are Pádraic Fogarty, Ecologist & Campaign Officer with the Irish Wildlife Trust & Brendan McGrath, Landscape Architect & Author
All are welcome to attend.
Pádraic Fogarty, Ecologist & Campaign Officer with the Irish Wildlife Trust
Pádraic Fogarty is an ecologist and environmental scientist. He has served as chairman of the Irish Wildlife Trust, an environmental charity, and is currently their campaign officer and (until recently) editor of ‘Irish Wildlife’ magazine. He is author of ‘Whittled Away – Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’, which was published in 2017 by Collins Press.
Presentation: ‘What you see is not what you get ‘Ecological collapse in a beautiful country’ – how our perceptions do not reflect reality
Brendan McGrath, Landscape Architect & Author
Brendan lives in the Burren, County Clare and is a town planner by profession. He has spent most of his professional life in Ireland but has also worked in Papua New Guinea and in a number of African countries. Over the past year he has been preparing a management plan for the Burren National Park. Brendan is very interested in landscape; how we affect it and it affects us. He is the author of Landscape and Society in Contemporary Ireland, published by Cork University Press in 2013.
Presentation: Our affinity with landscape: an evolutionary perspective
Until fairly recently our affinity with landscape was understood in aesthetic, spiritual and philosophical terms. However, in recent decades there is increasing recognition of how important landscape is for our wellbeing and the extent to which we have an innate affinity for certain types of landscape.