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Martina O’Brien – In Conversation – Closing Event

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Art & Science + the work of Martina O’Brien:

Lunchtime closing event – 1.30-3pm, Saturday 18th November


1.30pm – 2pm Join us for an afternoon where art and science connect in two talks, the first with Martina O’Brien and Ocean Law & Policy Researcher of the TBA21 Academy, Mekhala Dave.


2pm-2.15pm break to view the exhibition midnight zone.


2.20pm – 2:45pm In this panel discussion, join artist Martina O’Brien, Eoin Daly, Scientific and Technical Officer with Oceanographic and Climate Services at the Marine Institute, and Professor Peter Croot, Marine Biogeochemist.


Tea, coffee will be served on arrival, and a light lunch during the event.



Mekhala Dave is a lawyer & art academic based in Vienna. She is the ocean law and policy analyst/legal researcher at the TBA21–Academy and a doctoral researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In her past and current work of legal practice and packaged in the fabric of her PhD research, she feels for a social turn in artistic practices to investigate ‘encounters’ located across knowledge spheres and global south communities in the interfaces of activism and in shaping ocean policy. From her lived experiences across borders, she draws inspiration and spiritual guidance from water to the questions of historicity and the search for emerging ‘new’ relations of identity and belonging.


Dr Eoghan Daly is Scientific and Technical Officer with the Oceanographic and Climate at the Marine Institute. His area of work includes Ocean data curation and ocean data product development, with his research interests -the physical oceanographic research and understanding anthropogenic pressures on the natural marine environment.


Prof. Peter Croot FRSC is a marine biogeochemist whose research focuses on understanding the role of biogeochemical processes on the concentration and distribution of trace elements and chemical species in the ocean. His work combines different strands of ocean observations (in situ and satellite, physical and biological), with laboratory studies to elucidate the mechanisms underpinning the transformation of chemical species in the ocean from the surface to the deep. Dr Croot undertook his PhD studies in the chemistry department at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He undertook post-doctoral studies at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (USA) and Gothenburg University (Sweden), and was a researcher at NIOZ (Netherlands), IFM-GEOMAR (Germany) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (United Kingdom). Since 2012 he is the Established Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway (University of Galway). Dr Croot has extensive at sea experience in the oxygen minimum zones of the Tropical Atlantic and Pacific and in the iron limited Southern Ocean (SOIREE, SOFeX, EisenEx, EIFeX). He is an active participant in the GEOTRACES (Member of international standards and intercalibration committe), IMBER and SOLAS communities. In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Type: Afternoon Event,Exhibition,Talks
  • Date and Time: November 18, 2023 - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Costs:Free, booking required