Dr Andrew McGonigle invited to attend the 6th International Convention of Environmental Laureates
In March 2016, Andrew was invited to attend the 6th International Convention of Environmental Laureates in Freiburg, hosted by the European Environment Foundation (EEF) - an international community of environmental leaders who exchange experiences, ideas and innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.
The laureates included winners of the TIME magazine Hero of the Environment prize, The St Andrews prize for the Environment, the Zayed International Prize for the Environment as well as laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.
Andrew received a prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2008, for his development of novel technology for monitoring volcanic gas release with a view to improving our capacity to diagnose activity conditions.
Asked about the event, Andrew commented: “The gathering was an exciting and eclectic mix of environmentalists, journalists, human rights activists, scientists and entrepreneurs. There were fascinating presentations on: low emissions stove technology, which are being deployed across Ethiopia, Haiti and Nepal; basic water purification technologies aimed at combatting pollution in Bangladesh; conservation projects in Argentina, Sri Lanka and Guatemala; and challenges being posed against the controversial proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the UK. They keynote speech was delivered by Oscar wining film maker Michael Wadleigh.”
About The International Convention of Environmental Laureates:
This is a platform for winners of leading international environmental prizes and awards to exchange their ideas to help shape environmental policy and scope solutions for some of the most pressing environmental and geographical challenges.