SURE 2018 Dublin

Dublin Institute of Technology was one of the three venues for the Science Undergraduate Research Experience 2018 (SURE 2018) Conferences.

Students from the following Institutes of Technology, accepted as oral or poster presenters, presented at this conference:

  • Dublin Institute of Technology (host institution)
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology

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


The event took place in St Laurence’s on Dublin Institute of Technology’s Grangegorman campus.

Award Winners

SURE Network award for Best Oral Presentation: “Investigating the Potential Virulence Factors of the Novel Cystic Fibrosis Pathogen Pandoraea” by Helen Collins (IT Tallaght) and Emma Caraher (IT Tallaght)

SURE Audience award for Best Oral Presentation: “MindGame: A Machine Learning Framework for Electronic Games” by Simon D O’Neill (DIT) and Damian Gordon (DIT)

SURE Network award for Best Poster Presentation: “The Development and Validation of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Mutation Scanning Assays for the Initial Investigation of Biochemical Genetic Disorders” by Elena Walsh (DIT), Evan Keogh (St James’s Hospital), Sarah Savage (St James’s Hospital), Barbara MacNamara (St James’s Hospital), Vivion Crowley (St James’s Hospital) and Frank Clarke (DIT)

SURE Audience award for Best Poster: “Investigating the Effects of Antibiotics and Natural Compounds on Bacterial Growth and Formation of Biofilms” by Jonathan Brady (IT Tallaght) and Emma Caraher (IT Tallaght)

Highly Commended Oral Presentation: “Advancement and Development of a Novel Ibuprofen Formulation to Address Limitations of Current Marketed Product” by Michelle Jia Yi Teh (DkIT) and Sinead Loughran (DkIT)

Highly Commended Oral Presentation: “Neonatal Porcine Diarrhoea Subtyping of Porcine Clostridium Perfringens Type A Isolates Using Cpn60 Sequencing” by Sophie Masterson (DIT), Jenny Larsson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Anna Aspán (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and Julie Ann Naughton (DIT)