National Conference

Engineering in a new world: digital and sustainable solutions for society

Engineers Ireland's 2021 National Conference will take place online from 9am on Wednesday, 13 October 2021. 

Based on the theme Engineering in a new world: digital and sustainable solutions for societyour National Conference will be free for Engineers Ireland's members to attend.

Our motivational and solutions-focused online event will showcase best practice deployed by ambitious engineering companies/firms and individuals in progressing their businesses at this time of global challenge. The deployment of sustainable approaches in those businesses and how digitalisation in supporting the work of today’s engineers will be a key emphasis. The role of engineers in progressing our island’s national recovery post Covid-19 & Brexit will also feature. 

We aim for our National Conference to be a sought-after event that has prominence in the calendar of the engineering community, engages members of Engineers Ireland and key external stakeholders, and which raises the profile of the profession.

Timings and themes

The Engineers Ireland National Conference is a premium event that is free for all Engineers Ireland members.

The conference, with a host of industry professionals giving talks on the day, will discuss new ideas and trends that will impact your future and the landscape of engineering in Ireland.

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Some key speakers will include:

  Orla Feely

Professor Orla Feely is President of Engineers Ireland and the Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and a Professor of Electronic Engineering at UCD

At the conference, she will give the introduction and welcome, as well as participating in Q&As

    David McWilliams

David McWilliams is an economist, author, journalist, documentary-maker and broadcaster

He will have a fireside chat with Orla Feely, and a Q&A on problem solvers and innovators: The value add of engineers to our society (and what can be done to support society into the future)

Naomi Long

Naomi Long, MLA, qualified from Queen’s University Belfast in 1994 with a Civil Engineering degree (MEng)

She will discuss our shared island: How engineers can support market growth, create jobs and contribute to the island’s recovery post pandemic and Brexit

Linda Doyle

Professor Linda Doyle is a Professor of Engineering and the Arts at Trinity College Dublin and is the 45th Provost

She will talk about how creativity can advance the goals of our profession

Leo Clancy

Leo Clancy is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland

His segment of the day will discuss making the digital and green recovery work for jobs, income, and growth

Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh was appointed CEO of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in October 2020

His focus of the conference will be on sustainable transport of TII

Eoin Goulding

Brian Martin, Head of Product Management

He will discuss Cybersecurity: issues arising for engineering firms and businesses

Mathew Vola

Mathew Vola is the Property Business Unit Leader for Arup, Netherlands

He will talk about the Holland Haut Case Study - the tallest wooden residential building in the Netherlands

Paddy Hayes

Paddy Hayes is the new CEO of ESB and an engineer

For his segment during the National Conference, he will speak on Moneypoint - securing an energy future

Cathy Cronin, Senior Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Engineer, Intel Ireland

Cathy will talk about Sustainable Approaches in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Nicole La 250 X 250

Nicole La, Associate Director, Atkins China Limited, Hong Kong

Nicola La's segment will be on Cycle paths and greenways: the Hong Kong Macau case study

Vivian Farrell is the CEO of Modular Automation

She will discuss Modular Automation in Limerick

Cormac Lyons, CEO at Procad

Alan O'Brien 250 X 250

Alan O’ Brien, Production Manager

Gerard Kennedy 250 X 250

Gerard Kennedy, Mechanical Design Dept. Manager

Booking and Registration Details


This event is a key member benefit and will be free for all members of Engineers Ireland to attend. Members are encouraged to register for free today.


Non-members are also welcome to attend this event. Ticket pricing for non-members are now available for €179.

Sponsorship opportunities

Becoming a sponsor of the Engineers Ireland National Conference:

  • Demonstrates your role as a leader in the Irish Engineering sector 
  • Supports the learning, development and networking needs of engineers in Ireland
  • Provides opportunities for your team to network with top talent in the Irish engineering sector 
  • Clearly announces your commitment to sustainability measures here in Ireland to mitigate climate change globally
Get in touch
Please contact Michelle Hoctor or Anne Marie Clarke to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
National Conference 2020
The National Conference is a staple event every year at Engineers Ireland. You can read the powerpoints and speeches from last year's event.