Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Prof.

Contact First Name: Michael

Contact Surname: Williams

Contact Address:

Department of Botany Trinity College Dublin 2 Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 1 896 2421

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: willimsm@tcd.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Dublin, Trinity College

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: Trinity College Dublin

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Research My research centres on the impacts of agriculture on the environment, in particular nitrogen pollution and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through crop management and land use change. My current research includes the modelling of nitrous oxide flux and soil respiration from grasslands and cereal crops in Ireland to understand how future climate change may affect these soil processes. A particular focus of my present research is the potential of legume crops in Europe to reduce N pollution and increase biodiversity. Previous research interests are wide and I have published on assimilate distribution in plants in relation to cell specialisation and also metabolic aspects of chloroplast symbiosis. Current Research and Research Opportunities My present research students are involved in measurements of N fixation, leaching and nitrous oxide flux through both the FP7 Legumes Futures project and research contracts with Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture. I have supervised 9 PhD projects both national and international, over ten MSc projects and approx. 40 undergraduate research projects.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Soil N2O respiration tillage legumes cereals grassland sustainability agriculture denitrification emission factor nitrate modelling DNDC DAYCENT ECOSSE PASIM

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

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Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

GREENGRASS FP5 NITROEUROPE FP6 LEGUME FUTURES FP7 CARBOEUROPE FP6


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