Venue Details: Waterford

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SURE 2018 Waterford

Waterford Institute of Technology is one of the three venues for the Science Undergraduate Research Experience 2018 (SURE 2018) Conferences. Students from the following Institutes of Technology, if accepted as oral or poster presenters, will present at this conference:

  • Waterford Institute of Technology (host institution)
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Cork Institute of Technology

Two other SURE 2018 conferences will take place at the same time as this conference in Athlone Institute of Technology (venue details) and Dublin Institute of Technology (venue details).


The event will take place in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Arena. WIT Arena is the largest sports, conference and events centre in the South East of Ireland. The Arena is situated on the outskirts of Waterford, just off the motorway exit, which makes it easily accessible to immediate city and neighbouring counties. This multipurpose facility will cater for a wide range of events such as recreational gym users, high performance athletes, multipurpose sports, kids’ activity camps, leisure and entertainment events and conferences.


Registration Details

Register to attend the SURE 2018 Waterford Conference.

Conference Schedule

9:00am to 9:40am Welcome, Registration, Tea and Coffee, Turning App Download
9:40am to 9:50am Regional Opening Ceremony
Dr Peter McLoughlin, Head of School of Science and Computing, WIT
9:50am to 10:00am National Conference launch & Opening Ceremony streamed live from AIT


Session 1 (Session chairs: Dr Nabla Kennedy WIT and Dr Eileen O’Leary CIT)
10:00am to 10:30am Invited guest lecture: Tom Brennan Co-Founder of Eirgen Pharma
10:30am to 10:45am Student Oral Presentation 1
10:45am to 11:00am Student Oral Presentation 2
11:00am to 11:15am Student Oral Presentation 3
11:15am to 11:30am Student Oral Presentation 4
11:30am to 11:45am Student Oral Presentation 5
11:45am to 1:15pm Poster Session & Lunch Break


Session 2 (Session chairs: Dr Eleanor Owens WIT and Dr Dina Brazil IT Carlow)
1:15pm to 1:45pm Invited guest lecture: Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú, Engineering Director, Google Munich, Co-Founder TSSG and FeedHenry
1:45pm to 2:00pm Student Oral Presentation 6
2:00pm to 2:15pm Student Oral Presentation 7
2:15pm to 2:30pm Student Oral Presentation 8
2:30pm to 2:45pm Student Oral Presentation 9
2:45pm to 3:00pm Break


Session 3 (Session chairs: Dr. TJ McDonald, WIT)
3:00pm to 3:15pm Invited guest lecture: Sinead Quealy, Co-Founder and Managing Director of VirtualVet
3:15pm to 3:45pm Q&A panel discussion “The role of research in Industry”.

Invited panellists: Sinead Quealy Co-Founder and Managing Director of VirtualVet, Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú, Engineering Director, Google Munich, Co-Founder TSSG and FeedHenry, Dr. Peter Mc Guigan, Principal Scientist, Chemistry, Analytical Development, MSD, Dr Mark White Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies WIT.

Moderator Dr Patrick Lynch, School of Business WIT, Founder and Senior Researcher for RIKON

3:45pm to 4:05pm Research funding information and Postgraduate research experience – Dr Aisling O’Neill, National Research Programme Officer, Department of Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies WIT, Annabel Higgins-Hoare, Postgraduate researcher, School of Science and Computing, WIT.
4:05pm to 4:15pm Poster and Oral Presentation Awards ceremony
1. Best Scientific Poster SURE Network Judging Committee: Kindly sponsored by MSD
2. Best Scientific Poster Audience Prize: Kindly sponsored by BioSciences
3. Best Oral Presentation Audience Prize: Kindly sponsored by PMBRC, WIT
4. Best Oral Presentation SURE Network Judging Committee: Kindly sponsored by Eirgen PharmaAudience feedback survey using Turning audience participation software.
4:15pm to 4:25pm Closing Comments , Dr Mark White, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, WIT