Sustainable Research Pathway

10:30: Sustainable Development Goals in large company sized communities; the IOM Biosphere

Presented by: Prof Roland Brandtjen (Academic Head of Campus Berlin at the IU International University of Applied Science)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) frame the urgent call for actions by all global stakeholders to provide economic, social and ecological prosperity. (UN, 2021) The goal is to create a better world for the greatest number of people. The stakeholders of SDGs are primarily UN member states, regardless of the size of their resources or population (Messerli, et al., 2019). However, autonomous communities are included as well as companies. The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea and is an autonomous crown dependency (cd) of the British monarchy with almost eight times fewer inhabitants than one of Europe’s largest employer, Volkswagen, has employees (Brandtjen, 2019; Volkswagen AG, 2020). In 2016, the whole Isle was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is the only entire nation to be a member of this worldwide network. The Biosphere programme focuses on sustainable development, conservation and education within the framework of the UN’s 17 SDGs (UNESCO Biosphere IoM, 2019; IoM Government, 2021). But how does this programme help the Isle of Man to develop? Did this programme help the Isle of Man to get through the Covid-19 pandemic? Is the Isle of Man a model for other nations to become UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and to create an environment for corporate SDGs to be fulfilled?

11:00: Spring Tides: creative approaches to communicating the ecological & climate crises

Presented by: Dr Fiona Gell (UCM Hon Fellow)

The traditional route for science communication is primarily through academic papers with effective communication to non-technical audiences often treated as an afterthought. In the escalating twin crises of climate change and ecological collapse, it is essential that we use effective methods to communicate urgent, complex environmental issues.

Creative writing can engage audiences and foster in readers a sense of connection and is increasingly being seen as an opportunity to inform a wider audience and encourage environmental action.

This presentation is a case study of using creative writing to improve ocean literacy (an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your own influence on the ocean), communicate marine conservation challenges and inspire behaviour change and action.

Effective climate and biodiversity action will help to make life in the Isle of Man and globally, more sustainable. Developing the Manx arts scene and in particular its writing community will enhance the vibrancy of life on the Isle of Man. Tackling climate change and environmental degradation will help to reduce the serious security risks which we currently face because of the inequality and instability that climate impacts are already causing around the world.

11:30: The Current Scientific Research of Manx Wildlife Trust

Leigh Morris (CEO Manx Wildlife Trust)

13:00: Micro plastics on IOM Beaches

Dr Colleen McLean & Casey Zaitzew (Youngstown State University, Ohio) - Streamed from Ohio

13:30: Maskne: potential links between the re-use of face coverings & the development of facial acne

Grayse Houghton(UCM BSc Hons Public Health)