Into the Midwest! Region’s billing as regional development leader
06 March 2018
Limerick city: Engineers Ireland's annual conference takes place in the Strand hotel on Friday, April 13, 2018
Engineers from the four corners of Ireland are set to descend on the Limerick Strand Hotel on Friday, April 13, for the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2018.
Entitled ‘Engineering a Region: Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation’, the theme of the conference reflects the growing need for collaboration between industry, academia and innovators to create opportunities for regional development and growth.
The conference, held in association with Engineers Ireland’s Thomond region, will aim to showcase the midwest region as a leader in this field.
In collaboration with the Thomond region, Engineers Ireland has assembled a line-up of national and international speakers and engaging topics that are relevant for the spectrum of engineering professionals who will gather at the conference. The speaker line-up includes:
· Lord Andrew Adonis, former chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, UK;
· John Moran, member of Limerick Economic Forum and former secretary general, Department of Finance;
· Stephen Blair, director of the Southern Regional Assembly;
· Michael Lohan, head of Lifesciences, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division, IDA Ireland;
· Mike Quinn, CEO, Ervia;
· John Cormican, general manager, Jaguar Land Rover;
· Dr Pat Daly, deputy chief executive and director of service, economic development and planning, Limerick City and County Council;
· Dr Emma Silke, head of business development, ESB ecars;
· Paschal Meehan, chair of Limerick for Engineering and head of the Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering & Technology at Limerick Institute of Technology;
· Prof Conor McCarthy, associate professor of aeronautical engineering at UL’s Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering, and also director of the SFI research centre CONFIRM.
Speakers will share their experience and knowledge of the resources, techniques, innovation and focus required to develop regional growth and meet Ireland’s future challenges and opportunities in relation to infrastructure development; industry innovation and job creation; and securing a strong talent pipeline to meet current and future industry demands.
Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said: “Together with our Thomond region, we are delighted to announce our speakers from different sectors of the engineering industry and other fields, who will deliver presentations on the subject matter of sustainable infrastructural development; innovation in engineering; expert-led international best practice models; and securing a vibrant graduate engineering talent pipeline.
Many leading firms working in areas of engineering, ICT and the life sciences
“Engineers Ireland’s Thomond region (counties Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary) is home to many leading firms working in the areas of engineering, ICT and the life sciences.
“These sectors proactively collaborate and innovate with the aim of strategically securing further opportunities for regional development and growth.
“Limerick, which is the commercial, administrative and cultural capital of the midwest, is ideally placed, therefore, to host a conference regarding this subject matter, where more than 200 engineers from the public and private sectors will join together to listen, learn from, and network with, experts in their chosen fields.”
In addition to the conference, a number of additional networking events have been organised to welcome delegates to the midwest, including a golf outing in Castletroy Golf Club, a welcome reception with special guest John Burke and also an evening gala ball featuring entertainment by Johnny B & the Boogie Men.
To find out more about the conference, including a detailed line-up, delegate rates and agenda, visit: www.engineersirelandconference.ie