Programme & Speakers

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Professor Martin Price

Professor Martin Price is Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development. He has been involved with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme since the mid-1980s, including chairing the UK national committee, serving on the International Advisory Committee for Biosphere Reserves, and acting as rapporteur of the International Coordinating Council from 2014-16. He led the preparation of the 10-year Strategy and Lima Action Plan for the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves. He has published widely on mountain and tundra ecosystems and biosphere reserves.

Prof. Price will deliver a keynote presentation on "Setting priorities: the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and the Lima Action Plan 2016-2025" and co-lead a workshop on "Research Networking".

Jeff Melnyk and Laurie Bennett

Jeff Melnyk and Laurie Bennett are the founding partners of Within People - an international partnership that helps organisations find their purpose and grow. For the past decade, they have been helping consumer brands and NGOs around the world to find and tell powerful stories about who they are and what they stand for. And over the last five years, they have been working with the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme, including Dublin Bay Biosphere, to build a global movement that can inspire positive change for people and nature.

Jeff and Laurie will deliver a keynote presentation on "The Biosphere brand: starting a global movement" as well as a communication workshop titled "Tell your powerful story about people and nature".

Dr Olivia Crowe

Dr Olivia Crowe is the Head of Conservation and Science at BirdWatch Ireland with specific responsibility for ensuring delivery of two key national bird monitoring programmes, the Countryside Bird Survey and the Irish Wetland Bird Survey. She leads the strategic development of BirdWatch Ireland’s conservation and scientific work taking particular responsibility for providing development and support for work informing on the status of Ireland’s birds. This has included key research projects within the Dublin Bay Biosphere region, most notably the Dublin Bay Birds Project and the Dublin City Urban Birds Project.

Olivia will deliver a keynote presentation on "Bird conservation and research in Dublin Bay Biosphere".