Certificate in Biological Recording and Identification

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Entry Requirements
This is a Level 7 course and applicants should hold a Leaving Certificate
or equivalent, or have other relevant experience. If English is not their
first language, proof of proficiency in English is required. The minimum
acceptable score on TOEFL Internet Based Test is 100, on the IELTS
system it is 6.5. Read more …
Applying Online
To apply online, please go to: http://www.ucd.ie/apply
Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn
Phone 01 7162337

Programme announced for the All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

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A draft of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 will be available for consultation before the end of January.


To introduce the Plan and provide a forum where you can come along, hear more information, and take part in discussions we are having a one-day pollinator meeting on the 17th February at Waterford Institute of Technology. This will be an informal day where a number of speakers will outline elements of the plan and there will be discussion on ways in which we can move forward on specific actions. The event is open to all, and it is hoped that anyone with an interest in Irish pollinators and their conservation will attend.

You can view the programme for the day here.

Register for the event here.


Symposium on the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services – programme announced

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Symposium on Mapping & Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services in Ireland

The programme for the Symposium on the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services has been finalised and can be downloaded here.

Register online for the event here.

Launch of Workshop Programme 2015

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2015 Workshop Programme

2015 Workshop Programme

Open for bookings …

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is pleased to announce the launch of its 2015 workshop programme.  Thanks to ongoing support from partners the Centre has been able to maintain the geographic spread of workshops. Advanced training aimed at the professional ecologist to meet the needs of Continuing Professional Development programmes proved very successful last year so will feature again in this year’s programme. Our standard identification workshops will follow the usual format catering for the needs of beginners through to advanced.

Book online here.

Booking fees are non-transferable and non-refundable

GBIF Young Researcher Award 2015

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Global Biodiversity Information Facility

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has issued a call for proposals for its Young Researchers Award 2015. The award is intended to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students who are deploying GBIF-enabled data in master’s and doctoral studies. Students in Irish institutions are eligible to apply as Ireland is one of the GBIF Participant countries.

Proposals for this award should be submitted to Dr. Liam Lysaght, Ireland’s Head of Delegation to GBIF, by Friday 27th February, 2015. Download the Call for Proposal 2015 document for full details of how to apply.

All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

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All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

February 17th 2015

The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about, and contribute to, the All-Ireland Pollinator Action Plan 2015-2020.

Venue: Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford

Time: 09:30hrs – 17:00hrs

Booking: www.biodiversityireland.ie/events or info@biodiversityireland.ie

Cost: €10 (lunch included)

Symposium on Mapping & Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services in Ireland

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This symposium will explore the technical challenges involved in undertaking a national ecosystem assessment and ecosystem services mapping in Ireland.

Book online at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/events/.

Identification Guide to Ireland’s Grasses

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This attractive field-friendly 164 page guide simplifies grass identification. It is rich in photographs and diagrams and contains both a floristic guide and a vegetative key. It will help you identify up to 100 Irish species.

The guide can be purchased online at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/home-page/shop/ for €15 or by contacting the Centre at info@biodiversityireland.ie for bulk orders.

Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2015

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Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2015


When: Friday 6th March 2015

Where: GMIT, Galway

Organising committee: Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn (UCD), Dr Simon Harrison (UCC), Pascal Sweeney (Sweeney Consultancy), Dr Ian Donohue (TCD), Maria Walsh (National Biodiversity Data Centre), Dr Heather Lally (GMIT).

The 2015 Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists will focus on Rare or Threatened Aquatic Species’.

 Advance registration and payment of the €20 non-refundable booking fee is necessary at: http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/events

 If you’d like to give a presentation on your research please email a title and Abstract (150 words) to info@biodiversityireland.ie by the 23rd January 2015.


Encounters with biodiversity: A photo-story competition

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The National Biodiversity Data Centre is running a photo-story competition ‘Encounters with biodiversity’ to profile aspects of Ireland’s biodiversity and to provide a platform for photographers and naturalists to highlight their special interest. Entrants are invited to submit an original photograph with accompanying text (no more than 250 words) to describe the photograph and/or scene, the experience of taking the photograph or a piece to profile a particular aspect of Ireland’s biodiversity. The aim of the competition is to communicate the value of Ireland’s biological diversity and raise awareness of how it is changing.


Terms and conditions

The Encounters with biodiversity photo-story competition will run until 17:00hrs on Friday, 9th January 2015.

The photographs and text submitted must be the original work of the person who submits them.

A preference will be given to photographs of biodiversity in their wild, natural setting taken on the island of Ireland or its territorial waters.

A licence will be required from National Parks and Wildlife Service for photographing protected animals or birds at breeding or nesting places.

Basic enhancements to digital images are allowed, such as adjustment of brightness, contrast, etc, but significant altering of images, such as cloning and removal of subjects is not encouraged.

If photographs include recognisable people, then permission of the subjects should be obtained.

Images should be submitted as JPEG/JPG files and text in a word document, and both emailed to competition@biodiversityireland.ie.

The minimum acceptable image resolution is 1280×960 pixels and the maximum allowable file size is 5MB.

Each entry must have a short title of no more than 50 characters and the name of the entrant, eg ‘Birds at dawn – Michael O’Brien’, or ‘Life in the undergrowth – Mary Murphy’. This will appear with the photograph and text on the Data Centre’s Facebook page.

Entries received from under 18 year olds should be indicated in the subject line eg. ‘Birds at dawn – Micheal O’Brien (U18)’ or ‘Life in the undergrowth – Mary Murphy (U18)’.

Entrants will retain the full copyright of their image and text.

Entrants will licence the National Biodiversity Data Centre to use the photograph and text in promotional material of the Data Centre, but use of the material will at all times be accredited to the entrant.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre respects the intellectual property of all entrants and we ask that all Facebook users do the same. All the entrant’s material displayed on Facebook is protected by copyright and should not be copied or reproduced without the consent of the owner.

Facebook will be the only medium used for displaying entries whilst the competition is in progress.

All appropriate entries will be uploaded to an album on the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Facebook page. The Data Centre reserves the right to reject or disqualify entrants from the competition if the subject matter is not considered appropriate to the theme, or is considered offensive, defamatory, indecent or obscene.

The top entries, based jointly on the quality of the photograph and the text, will be selected for shortlisting by the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Facebook users will be invited to give their preference for the shortlisted entries by ‘liking’ their preferred image.

The winners will be awarded by a judging panel set up by the National Biodiversity Data Centre. First prize €500, second prize €200 and third prize €100. A special prize of €200 will be given to the best entry received from entrants under 18 years of age.

By entering it is understood that you agree to the terms and conditions of the competition.