Keynote Speakers & Workshops

Keynote Speakers

Education with Sustainability are delighted to present the following keynote speakers. 

Dr. Alison Greig

Director of Education for Sustainability, Global Sustainability Institute, Faculty of Science and Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road Cambridge.

Alison started her academic career as a physical geographer and is interested in the crossover between the natural world and human societies. Following a career in a number of University Departments and as an independent environmental consultant, in 2011 she joined the GSI to take up the new post of Director of Education for Sustainability. With a responsibility for ensuring sustainability is part of all students experience at Anglia Ruskin University, Alison has also established Education for Sustainability as a research theme within the GSI. Alison is particularly interested in how education, both formal and informal, can help prepare individuals to bring about change for a more sustainable future, and how educational institutions can facilitate this process. Karel F. Mulder

The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Faculty Technology, Innovation & Society, Rotterdamseweg 137, 2628 AL Delft.

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management, Jaffalaan 5, 2628bx Delft, The Netherlands.

Dr. Karel Mulder is a professor in Urban Metabolism at The Hague University of Applied Science and an associate professor at Delft University of Technology (Technology Policy & Management). He studied Physics and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and obtained a PhD in Business Administration in 1992. Mulder was founder of the Technology & Society department of the Dutch Royal Institute of Engineers in 1994.

In 1998, he became responsible for a project to introduce SD education for all students at Delft University of Technology. In 2002, he initiated the Engineering Education in Sustainable Development (EESD) Conferences. He published on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, STS, innovation strategies and systems innovations.

He published two books on Sustainable Development and Technology (Sustainable Development for Engineers, 2006 and What is Sustainable Technology?, 2011), and various papers and book chapters. He initiated (and participated in) various EU and national funded research projects.


EwS Workshops

Education with Sustainability are delighted to present the following workshops. These three workshops run side-by-side, so please select the one you wish and let us know when you register at IT Sligo. Workshop outputs will be presented in a Plenary session  afterwards so that all delegates will get a flavour of the two they cannot attend!

Workshop 1: Life Cycle Analysis – Training on LCA for Sustainable Development

Hosted by Caspar Honée
PRé Consultants B.V., Amersfoort, the Netherlands

‘Making sustainable development objectives operational is not necessarily a straightforward task. Many factors are involved. How, for instance, do we measure what is green and what is not? Life cycle assessment is a scientifically supported method to address such questions. IT works as an enabler, making it faster to do LCAs and provide value for your products and services.’

Caspar Honée currently works for PRé in the Netherlands. PRé has built a worldwide reputation as a leader on environmental impact assessment and Life Cycle Analysis.

Caspar uses his training and experience to create tools that further the sustainability agendas of major industries, trade organisations, and research and education institutes.

Caspar has extensive work experience in IT, sustainability, LCA, and project management. He studied Technical Business Administration in the Netherlands, and Environmental Engineering with a specialisation in LCA in Sweden. Before joining PRé, he worked as an independent eco-design consultant.

Workshop 2: Corporate Social Responsibility and Design

Hosted by Anna-Sara Fagerholm and Karina Göransson

Anna Sara Fagerholm

Karina Goransson










Corporate social responsibility and design is an innovative catalyser in solving global challenges. Over the last years, the design area has moved from being primarily focused on artefacts – visual identities, logotypes, signs, product design – to understanding the role design plays in the development of sustainable solutions.

Through examples, trends and research, this workshop will focus on clarifying the role of sustainable design processes and methodologies, and how investment in corporate social responsibility will ensure environmental, economic and social prosperity. The purpose of the workshop is to show how design can make a difference. For the many people in a sustainable world.

Anna-Sara Fagerholm is a Lecturer of Graphic Design and Director of Studies in Graphic Design at Mid Sweden University. She is interested in how visual communication and design can make a difference in society and the meaning of visual strategies in relation to trust and legitimacy.

Karina Göransson is a Lecturer in Graphic Design and Director of Studies at Mid Sweden University, Sweden. Her research interests include Visual Communication, Graphic Design, and Design methodologies.

Workshop 3: How Unsustainable are the Sustainable Development Goals?

Hosted by Liam McCarton and Katie Mahon

Liam McCarton

Katie Mahon









In September 2015, 193 member States of the United Nations met in New York to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) with the overall aim of making the world more prosperous, inclusive, sustainable and resilient.  Supporters greeted the SDG’s as a “universal call to action, aimed at getting humanity to make choices now, to sustainably improve life for future generations”. The goals are also very much interconnected as they strive to promote an end to poverty and to protect the planet. The SDG’s now form a global framework for both developed and developing countries. Critics of the SDG’s include the Economist who recently called the SDG targets “sprawling and misconceived”, in fact they went further to call the SDGs “worse than useless….a betrayal of the world’s poorest people”.  This workshop will seek to involve the participant in practical demonstrations and will use our experiences and case studies from development projects around the world to explore if the SDG’s can be used in the manner in which they were intended.  The core question which we will seek to answer is How Unsustainable are the Sustainable Development Goals ?

Liam McCarton is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in International Development, Environmental Engineering & Project Management of water, sanitation, education & health infrastructure projects. Liam has project managed major infrastructure projects in Ireland, Asia and Africa. Liam leads the Development Technology Research Group within the Water Innovation Research Centre (WIRC) at DIT ( Liam is also a director of Engineers Without Borders – Ireland.

Katie Mahon is Program Manager with EWB Ireland, as part of the EU DEAR Build Solid Ground project. As a mechanical engineer she has previously worked in the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland, with a clean cookstove manufacturer in Kenya, and an off-grid hydro and solar hybrid micro-grid systems provider based in Germany. She is also a volunteer Project Co-ordinator with Refill Ireland, a Zero Waste Ambassador, and a board member with EIL Intercultural Learning, which aims to encourage global citizenship through international cultural exchange programs.

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