2020 Celebration Event

On May 21st, 2020, GLOBE Ireland held an online event to celebrate the completion of the 2019/20 Air Quality campaign. Teachers and students that took part in the Air Quality campaign attended, along with GLOBE Director, Tony Murphy, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director General, Laura Burke, EPA representatives from the Citizen Science and Air Quality teams, the Director of the Environmental Education Unit (EEU) of An Taisce, and NASA scientists Michael J Garay and Peter Falcon.

You can watch the full video of the event here:

Five students and two teachers made presentations about their Air Quality campaign research. One student, Faye O’ Carroll, from Dunboyne Senior Primary school, made a short video about Dunboyne’s Air Quality campaign which was shown at the event, and has since been published on EPA social media to showcase student achievements and highlight the GLOBE programme.

GLOBE Ireland recognised the high quality work completed by the three Irish schools that took part in the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS) in March 2020 and encouraged other schools to take part, as it is an excellent way to share Irish student research with the global community.

We were delighted that Michael J Garay, NASA scientist, was able to present a very topical and interesting talk on ‘Tracking COVID-19 from Space: What We Can and Cannot Do and Why It Matters’.

Speaking at the event, Laura Burke, the Director General of the EPA said: “We are delighted to support GLOBE…having citizen scientists doing additional monitoring (of air quality) complements EPA’s own monitoring, giving us more information to further refine our work”