An Evening of Weather and Climate


Featuring Evelyn Cusack of Met Éireann and other experts

Western Gateway Lecture Theatre, G05, University College Cork

Thursday, 28 February, 2019, from 18.30 to 21.00.


Admission is free. Register here. Booking is advised.


The Irish Meteorological Society and the UCC Physics and Astronomy Society are pleased to invite you to an evening of four presentations on interesting topics in weather and climate.

Weather (and particularly severe weather events) affects our lives and our economic wellbeing in many ways. The prospect of climate change brought about by human activity presents challenges for us all in understanding the weather and climate of the future and in planning to cope with its effects.

We have selected four different topics that will provide an insight into the wide spectrum of weather and climate matters. The programme is as follows:


18.30 - Introduction: IMS and UCC P&A Society

18.35 - Dr. Lucia Hermida Gonzalez (UCC): Human influence in extreme weather and climate events

19.00 - Tadgh O’Leary (Community Pharmacist, Blackpool, Cork): Engagement with Society - Communities at Risk (a case study of the impact of flooding of the river Bride on the local community in Blackpool and the actions taken to respond)

19.25 - Interval – Tea/Coffee/Biscuits

19.50 - Evelyn Cusack and Dr. Colm Clancy (Met Éireann): Ireland’s Weather: a Journey through Time (forecasting Ireland’s weather, from early times to the present day)

20.15 - Dr Andy Ruth (UCC): Planet Earth: a Place in the Sun (how greenhouse gases change the Earth’s energy balance and thereby affect climate)

20.40 - Question and Answers: moderated by Dr. Kieran Hickey, Head of Geography Department, UCC

20.55 – Conclusion: IMS and P&A Society

The objective of this event is to provide science-based information on these interesting subjects, to raise awareness of weather and climate matters and to stimulate further discussion and action. It is aimed at the general public as well as at students and academics.

All are welcome. Prior registration through is encouraged although non-registered people will be admitted on the night subject to availability.

The Irish Meteorological Society and the UCC Physics and Astronomy Society are grateful for the support of EPA Research, the UCC Geography and Physics departments, the UCC Environmental Research Institute and the Irish National Flood Forum in organising this event.



Venue: Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork, T12 XF62


From Link Road(N40):

Take the Sarsfield Road Exit(4) onto Sarsfield road towards Wilton Shopping Centre

At the Wilton Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Wilton Road

Continue straight to Victoria Cross

Turn right onto Carrigrohane road

Continue straight onto Western road

Entrance to Western Gateway Building is on the right

From City Centre:

Turn onto Washington Street

Continue straight onto Western Road, past UCC main campus and Gaol Cross

Entrance to Western Gateway Building is on the left

Public transport options:

The 220, 208, and 235 buses stop outside the building.

Parking info:

Western Gateway Building parking is Pay and Display at €2 per hour.

The Sacred Heart Church car park is €4 for 3 hours and across the road from the Western Gateway Building.

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