Conference 2024 News & Events

ESAI Environmental Sustainability Statement

The Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) embraces and promotes environmental protection and sustainability in all of its activities.

Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our planning for the ESAI Conference 2024. Maynooth Campus has just been awarded the prestigious An Taisce Green Campus Flag for the second time, recognising its work in adopting sustainable and green practices to improve the environment.

As part of ESAI’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact, the Irish Educational Studies journal has removed all plastic packaging from journal mailing, a feature which is termed “naked mailing”. It has also removed the plastic lamination (both gloss and matte) from the outside covers of print issues of Irish Educational Studies.

ESAI Conference catering aims to choose local, seasonal produce where possible, providing vegetarian and vegan dishes to reduce the environmental impact and benefit communities. We will endeavour to prevent food waste by confirming the number of delegates as precisely as possible in advance of each meal and refreshment break. Disposable, non-recyclable items (cups, plates, cutlery, etc.) will be avoided.

There will be no printed programmes available at the conference. The conference schedule, information packs and meeting documents will be provided via the ESAI 2024 Conference app or available for download, if necessary, prior to the event. The conference schedule will be available on a large screens throughout the event.

The  EV charging locations in Maynooth University for electric vehicles are available here.

We make the following recommendations as part of our efforts towards holding a conference which will be an environmentally-friendly event:

  • We request that all participants use public transport or car-pool where possible, please.
  • As the grounds at Maynooth University are a designated conservation area and have been awarded green campus status ( status), we advise that delegates should dispose of litter in an ethical manner and recycle waste where possible.
  • Water fountains are available in Maynooth University and we ask attendees to bring their own water bottles/cups/flasks. This map indicates the location of campus water fountains.
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