High profile speakers to engineer talks at Limerick conference

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The former secretary at the Department of Finance, Limerick man John Moran is to address the Engineers Ireland conference in Limerick

The former secretary at the Department of Finance, Limerick man John Moran is to address the Engineers Ireland conference in Limerick

ENGINEERS from across Ireland are set to hit Limerick for a major conference this week.

On Friday, April 13, Engineers Ireland will host its 2018 conference in the Strand Hotel.

Codenamed ‘Engineering a region: infrastructure, industry and innovation’, the theme of the conference will look at the need for collaboration between industry, academia and innovators to create opportunities for regional development and growth.

Held in association with Engineers Ireland’s Thomond Region, the conference will aim to showcase the Mid-West 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 topics which are relevant for the spectrum of engineering professionals who will gather at the conference.

Among the speakers at the event are former British Labour party transport secretary Lord Andrew Adonis, who chairs the National Infrastructure Commission in the UK, Ervia chief Mike Quinn, and Michael Lohan, the head of life-sciences, engineering and industrial at IDA Ireland.

Locally well-known contributors are set to be John Moran, the former secretary general at the Department of Finance, also a member of Limerick’s economic forum, and Dr Pat Daly, the council’s economic director.

Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers Ireland’s Thomond Region, counties Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary is home to many leading firms working in the area of engineering, ICT and 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 Mid-West, is ideally placed therefore to host a conference with this subject-matter, where over 200 engineers from the public and private sector will join together to listen, learn from, and network with, experts in their chosen fields.”

A number of events around the conference have also been organised to welcome delegates to the Mid-West.

This includes a golf outing in Castletroy Golf Club, a welcome reception with special guests John Burke and Emma Langford.

For more about the conference, telephone 01-6684341.