Who is involved?
Director: Dr Geertje Schuitema
Dr Geertje Schuitema, Director of the ReSToRE International Summer School, Funded Investigator at iCRAG and Associate Professor at UCD School of Business. Her research focuses on factors that explain (sustainable) consumer behaviour, including the adoption of new technologies and the public perception of environmental issues and risks.
Maeve graduated from Trinity College Dublin and worked in mineral exploration and oil and gas data analysis before joining the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI). After completing her Ph.D. at Colorado School of Mines, Maeve joined the research faculty there studying the intersection of the geosciences and policy. She served as the 2009‒10 AGU Congressional Science Fellow and spent two years as an AAAS Executive Branch Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey. Maeve was Director of Geoscience Policy at the American Geosciences Institute from 2013 until 2018 when she moved to University College Dublin.
Elspeth Wallace manages two public engagement programmes: Earth Science Education and Geocareers in iCRAG, including Girls into Geoscience Ireland. Elspeth is an experienced science communicator, with a passion for promoting women in science and works closely with the Public Perception and Understanding of Geosciences platform as part of her role.
Fergus manages all of iCRAG’s communications, education and public engagement activities. He holds a PhD in environmental science from University College Cork. Alongside his research experience, Fergus also has a wide range of experience in science communication, through winning FameLab International in 2013, delivering workshops and conference talks on science communication around Europe, and is currently a presenter on “The Science Squad/10 Things to Know About” on RTE1 television. As part of his role, Fergus works closely with the Public Perception and Understanding of geoscience platform in iCRAG.
Dr Aoife Braiden (Geological Survey Ireland)
Aoife completed her degree in Earth Science in NUI, Galway and a PhD in Palaeobiology in UCD. In 2006 she began coordinating research activities for the UCD Geophysics Research Group. Following 9 years’ experience managing national and international research projects (pre- and post-award), and a qualification in Business Studies, Aoife moved to the Geological Survey of Ireland where she is responsible for managing the Geoscience Research Programme. Her roles includes building collaborations with industry, academia and other research partners, overseeing GSI involvement in large scale national and international research programmes and managing the GSI research funding calls.
Murray W. Hitzman is Director of iCRAG and a Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor. Murray has B.A. degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983). He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993 primarily doing mineral exploration worldwide. Dr. Hitzman served in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst in the U.S. Senate and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-96). In 1996, he was named the Fogarty Professor in Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and served as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering from 2002-07. His research in economic geology at CSM was focused on the Central African Copperbelt.
In 2016 he joined the U.S. Geological Survey as the Associate Director for Energy and Minerals. In 2018, he was appointed SFI Research Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Director of iCRAG, based at University College Dublin.
Edmund Nickless (Chair, International Union of Geological Sciences, Councillor 2016-2020)
Edmund is a geologist by training and has worked extensively on assessment of industrial mineral resources. From 1997 until his retirement in September 2015 he was Executive Secretary of The Geological Society of London. Previous to that, he held senior posts within the British Geological Survey, the then Science and Technology Secretariat of the Cabinet Office where he was environmental adviser, and the Natural Environment Research Council where he was responsible for research grants, training awards and UK participation in international programmes, principally the Ocean Drilling Program and its successors. Since 2013, he has chaired a group on behalf of IUGS promoting a new initiative, Resourcing Future Generations. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Geologist and European Geologist.
Two reporters, Anthea Lacchia (iCRAG at UCD) and Jen Roberts (University of Strathclyde) joined the summer school specifically to capture key questions, messages and outcomes from the week. The reporters aim to maximise the impact of the summer school, and so spread the ReSToRE messages and outcomes far and wide.
Dr Jen Roberts - Reporter at ReSToRE Summer School
Jen is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Energy at the University of Strathclyde. Her research is interdisciplinary and applied, and addresses the social and environmental risk of geological resources – often relating to energy. Jen uses her technical background in geology to tackle questions relevant across geoscience, environmental science, environmental psychology, environmental engineering and political science. These questions relate to the perception, assessment and communication of risks relating to low-carbon energy technologies, which, for many, the subsurface plays a vital role. Ultimately her work aims to inform how the necessary transition to a net zero carbon future can be implemented in a way that is acceptable to society and to the environment. Jen took part in the ReSToRE Summer School as a reporter.
Dr Anthea Lacchia - Reporter at ReSToRE Summer School
Anthea grew up in northern Italy, in a town at the foot of the Alps. Having studied Classics in high school in Italy, she moved to Ireland and obtained a BA in Geology from Trinity College Dublin. During her undergraduate studies, she developed a keen interest in thinking about the lives of ancient animals preserved in rocks – fossils – which led her to pursue a PhD in palaeontology, specifically looking at extinct relatives of squid and cuttlefish called ammonoids. She spent many seasons of fieldwork perusing the rocks of Co. Clare, in western Ireland. In parallel with her research, she gained experience both in science writing and newspaper editing. Following completion of her PhD, she spent a year working as a press officer for Springer Nature in London. She then returned to Ireland to start postdoctoral research in iCRAG, the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, in University College Dublin, where she is studying public perception and understanding of geosciences, with a focus on the geology and communities of Co. Clare. Her postdoc allows her to combine her passion for geology with that for science communication and public engagement. Anthea took part and reported on the ReSToRE Summer School. In writing about the event, she hopes to help spread the ReSToRE messages and outcomes far and wide.