Origins of Ireland’s Biodiversity Conference (UCC) - Fota Wildlife Park

Origins of Ireland’s Biodiversity Conference (UCC)

Origins of Ireland’s Biodiversity

The formation of Ireland’s early and contemporary biodiversity


Sponsored by Fota Wildlife Park, this scientific conference will be hosted by University College Cork in September 2023


In celebration of Fota Wildlife Park’s 40-year anniversary, Fota are sponsoring a scientific conference to address matters surrounding the colonisation and persistence of Ireland’s biodiversity, early ecosystem formation and function, and biodiversity change over time. While the conference, Origins of Ireland’s Biodiversity, welcomes submissions on any relevant topic, a preference will be given for those that holistically address previously unanswered questions, such as community structure and prey gaps within early post glacial food webs, ecological interactions among species, and new genetic insights in to metacommunity dynamics. Submissions considering less studied taxa (e.g., parasites, microbiomes, and mycorrhizal fungi), along with the role of various human settlers in shaping Ireland’s biodiversity, are particularly welcome.


Wide ranging reviews that capture the mosaic of scientific findings and perspectives are encouraged. Reviews should detail a reasoned debate with the participation of all leading investigators from across Ireland and beyond. Full research and review papers will be published as a special volume entitled “Origins of Ireland’s Biodiversity”. Presentation of material at the conference does not guarantee publication in the final volume, and post conference submissions will also be considered for publication. It is envisioned that a discussion focused workshop will stimulate new collaborations among participants, leading to a cohesive effort to comprehensively address the issues surrounding Ireland’s biodiversity. Please email: [email protected]


Download the abstract submission template here OIB_AbstractSubmissionTemplate_final_.




Dr. Chris Stimpson
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, UK.

Dr. Denise O’Meara
South East Technological University, Ireland.




Supported by Fota Wildlife Park, University College Cork, and the Environmental Research Institute, the conference will be held over two full days.


Dates: 8th – 9th September 2023
Conference Location: Western Gateway Building, University College Cork.

UCC Campus Map- available here:


* Note *A welcome address and reception will be held on the evening of Thursday 7th September 2023 at the Metropole Hotel Cork, MacCurtain Street, Cork.


A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Friday 8th September 2023, as an outdoor BBQ at Fota Wildlife Park.


Accommodation Partner/Delegate Offer:


Metropole Hotel,
MacCurtain Street, Cork.

*Below offer is available until the 31st July 2023, subject to availability

3 night B&B discount available (for 7, 8 and 9 Sept)
Please use CODE:  FOTA070923

€140 Bed & Breakfast Single Occupancy Signature Room

€153 Bed & Breakfast Double/Twin Occupancy Signature Room


Budget Accommodation:


Sheila’s Hostel: Room + Ensuite is 70 euros per night or room with shared bathroom is 60 euros, enquire within for further details.



Featured image credit thanks to Michael Viney.

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