Mid-West Region to be showcased as regional development leader



  • Engineers Ireland Annual Conference to take place in the Limerick Strand Hotel
  • Over 200 delegates set to descend on Limerick for key national event
  • Speaker line-up to include Lord Andrew Adonis, John Moran, Paschal Meehan and Mike Quinn


Engineers from the four corners of Ireland are set to descend on the Limerick Strand Hotel on the 13th April, Friday, for 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 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 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

·         Stephen Blair, Director, Southern Regional Assembly

·         Mike Quinn, CEO, Ervia

·         Barry Lowe, Engineering Manager at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon and Chair of the Thomond Region

·         Dr. Pat Daly, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Service, Economic Development and Planning, Limerick City and County Council

·         Michael Lohan, Head of Life Sciences & Strategic Property, IDA Ireland

·         Mr Paschal Meehan, Chair of Limerick for Engineering and Dean of Work Based Learning and VP International at Limerick Institute of Technology

·         Professor Conor McCarthy, Centre Director, Confirm – Smart Manufacturing, A world leading SFI Research Centre

·         Dr. Emma Silke, Head of Business Development, ESB eCars

·         John Moran, Social Entrepreneur, Founder of RHH International, Board Member of the European Investment Bank and former Secretary General, Department of Finance


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.


Commenting on the conference, 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.


“Engineers Ireland’s Thomond Region (counties Limerick, Clare, 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.”


In addition to the conference, a number of additional networking events have been organised to welcome delegates to the Mid-West region, 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