Tara Expeditions, a non-profit association based in France, has been organizing missions aboard the research schooner “Tara” for the past 9 years with the goal of learning more about the impact of climate change on ecosystems.
One of its main objectives is to increase environmental awareness among the general public, and particularly young people through the Tara Junior outreach program. Here in the School of Biology and Environmental Science, we have a close association with the group, through the involvement of Dr Emmanuel Reynaud.
If you would like to see the Tara vessel, (36 m long, 10m large expedition sailing boat) up close, it will be moored at the East Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, from the 10th -13th July, 2012.
The Tara will arrive on the 10th of July 2012 at 4pm and will leave on the 13th of July2012 in the evening.
Captain: Loic Valette
Welcoming Flotilla – 4pm the 10th of July
Welcoming Party – 6.30 pm 10th of July on invitation
Guided tours aboard the “Tara” vessel by a crew member – 11th and 12th of July
Berth: East Pier number 1
Organised Visit (VIP, Press, Partners): from 10 to11 am(up to 96 people in total)
General public visits then until 6 pm public visits on first come first served basis.
3 to 4 groups of 8 to 12 people/h (up to 336 people in total)
The accessibility is limited on the boat.
Film Premiere “Planet Ocean”
A film by Yann Arthus-Bertand and Michael Pitiot produced by Hope, with the support of Omega, in association with Tara Expeditions.
Film screening + round table – 12th of July 2012
Venue: Assembly Room, County Hall,Marine Road,Dún Laoghaire
Up to 150 people on invitation
6.30 – 7.00 pm Reception
7.00 – 7.20 Welcoming opened by the Lord Mayor of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Ambassador of France in Ireland, Vice-President for Research at University College Dublin and a Comhairle na nÓg representative.
7.20 – 9 pm “PlanetOcean” Movie
9 – 9.30 Panel discussion open by Prof. Desmond Fitzgerald (UCD) with Dr Eric Karsenti, Scientific Project Director of the Tara Oceans Expedition and Dr Emmanuel G. Reynaud, UCD scientist who coordinate the imaging platform onboard Tara during the entire expedition.
World Longest Exhibition of Tara Oceans Expedition pictures
Tara Oceans Expedition is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton.
Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet. Recently, scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate. In a context of rapid physico-chemical changes, it is urgent to understand and predict the evolution of these particular ecosystems.
115 000kms, 27 000 samples, 100 scientists, 50 countries crossed in 2 ½ years.
Outside Exhibition – July
Part 1: “TaraOceans, A Worldwide Portrait of Marine Plankton”
Part 2: “Tara, a scientific vessel”
Venues : East Pier, Battery, Dún LaoghaireHarbour
Inside exhibition in the lighthouse – 10th to 16th of July
Part 3: “20,000 leagues under the sea, a school project”. Exhibition of creative drawings and sculptures by pupils fromNewparkComprehensiveSchool
This facility will be open to the public on a restricted basis.
Inside exhibition in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland – July and August 2012
Part 4: TaraOceans, a coral view
Part 1, 2 and 4: Exhibitions of pictures selected by the Tara Ocean Imaging coordinator, Dr Emmanuel G. Reynaud, SFI /Stokes Lecturer at UCD.
Conference about the Tara Oceans Expedition
“TaraOceans : a worldwide journey portraying marine plankton”
By Emmanuel G. Reynaud, UCD,Dublin+ Q&A
Venue: National Maritime Museum of Ireland-Dún Laoghaire
13th of July – 7 pm
Up to 140 people
Everyone is welcome.
Exhibition “From Pole to Pole” by Vincent Hilaire
Venue: National MaritimeMuseumofIreland-Dún Laoghaire
Venue: Brent Pope exhibition space, Number 5 (Corner Unit) – Spencer Dock
Mayor Street Upper -Dublin1
Exhibition dates: 7th July to 23rd July 2012
Everyone is welcome
Projection at the Art Park of Tara Oceans Expedition Images
By Emmanuel G. Reynaud, UCD,Dublin
Venue: Art Park, Spencer Docks
Dates: to be planned
Everyone is welcome.
One Image from Tara Oceans– Aine McKeon/Anika Mostaert/Emmanuel G. Reynaud
Health Research Board wall mural project running in conjunction with ESOF/Dublin City of Science. The images will be located on TCD buildings in the City Centre – all around Pearse Street
Other linked events:
ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships 2012 (July 12-21, 2012) – 13th of July 2012, French day
Dublin, City of Science 2012, Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (July 11 – 15) – 12th of July, Eric Karsenti – Keynote Address
UCD Imagine Science Film Festival (July 5 – 17, 2012)
14th of July 2012, Bastille Day
For more information on the Tara Oceans Expedition
List of partners