National Conference

Motivational, educational, and solutions-focused. 

Engineers Ireland’s National Conference for 2023 took place on Wednesday 25 October at O’Reilly Hall at University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. 

This year's theme was Time for Inspiration: Engineering Innovation and Leadership in 2023 and was hosted by our President, Dr. Edmond Harty.

Our Conference highlighted some best practice deployed by ambitious engineering companies/firms in progressing with their businesses and projects (sustainably) & displaying demonstrable leadership and clear innovation.  

The event was a great chance to network with people in the industry and was complimentary for our members to attend in-person, with a payment however for lunch.


For our members, your attendance at our conference will be complimentary, as we consider it a member benefit. 

However, please note that members who do wish to attend in-person will have a charge of €30 towards your hot buffet lunch and refreshments. This is to ensure your place and to avoid any food surplus.

Non-members are also encouraged to attend. Non-member tickets are priced at €200 for an online ticket, and €230 for an in-person ticket.

Please select your ticket type here.

Please note that members must be logged in to avail of complimentary tickets. Registration is essential to ensure that you receive the link to view the conference.


See below for speakers confirmed for the event. This list will be updated regularly so keep an eye on it over the next coming weeks. 

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Associate Professor at University College Dublin in the School of Mathematics & Statistics, where she is director of the BSc. Science, Mathematics & Education initial teacher education programme in the UCD College of Science. Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss.

Niall Gleeson

Niall Gleeson, Chief Executive Officer at Uisce Éireann. As Ireland’s national water utility company, Niall and his team are making a multi-billion euro investment to enable economic and social growth and to ensure communities in Ireland can thrive.  A mechanical engineer.  Niall is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland.

Seán Atkinson

Seán Atkinson, a mechanical engineer and Managing Director of ESB International, the leading global engineering consultancy. The company is headquartered in Dublin, with a central hub in the Kingdom of Bahrain. ESB International has utilised its experience in 120 countries.

Dr Jason Hill

Dr Jason Hill, Founder, inventor and Chief Engineer at Hill Helicopters (UK).  Hill Helicopters' mission is to fully disrupt the general aviation market with a revolutionary aircraft design, including his new HX50 helicopter.

Dr Ronan Lyons

Dr Ronan Lyons is an Associate Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin, where his primary research areas are housing markets, urban economics, and economic history. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the Spatial Economics Research Centre in LSE and author of the Reports on Ireland’s sale and rental housing markets. Dr Lyons also serves as Director of TRiSS, Associate Director of the CEPH and is a member of Ireland’s Housing Commission.

Dr Tanya Harrington

Dr Tanya Harrington is the Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland, an open partnership of sustainable energy associations working collectively to support the energy transition in Ireland. Dr Harrington is a public policy and regulatory affairs professional with over 20 years’ experience and currently serves as An Post’s Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer, leading the company’s engagement with government, regulatory authorities and stakeholders at international, European, and domestic levels.

Dr Matt Kennedy

European Sustainable Development Leader and Global Leader for Climate Services, Arup

Dr. Matt Kennedy (Phd) is an energy and environmental scientist and engineer with over 20 years’ experience in delivering national and international carbon, climate and sustainable development initiatives across government, industry and academia. Matt is Arup’s European Sustainable Development Leader and is Global Leader for Climate Services. He has worked with the United Nations on energy transformation and adaptation projects across Africa, Asia and Middle East. Matt was lead EU Negotiator at the UNFCCC’s international climate change negotiations (COP21) and was Chair of UNEP’s Climate Technology Centre and Network. He served as Chair of the IEA’s Renewable Energy Technology Deployment Implementing. Matt holds a PhD from the School of Engineering of Trinity College Dublin, and Masters’ degrees from NUI Galway and University College Dublin. Matt is a Chartered Environmentalist from IEMA.

Prof Orla Feely

Orla Feely is President of University College Dublin. She holds a BE degree from University College Dublin and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where her PhD thesis won the DJ Sakrison Memorial Prize for outstanding and innovative research. While at UC Berkeley, she also won the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Her research is in the area of nonlinear circuits and systems, and she has been awarded research grants and prizes from a number of national, international and industry sources. She served as Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at UCD from 2014 to 2023. Professor Feely is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Engineers Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering. She has served as President of Engineers Ireland, and as Chair of the Irish Research Council, the EU Advisory Group on Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions and the IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems. She has also served as Board Member and Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Authority in Ireland, as Vice-President for Resources and Treasurer of CESAER (the Conference of European Schools of Advanced Engineering Education and Research), and as a member of a number of Editorial Boards. Professor Feely is a member of the judging panels for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, one of the largest and most successful school science fairs in the world, and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Dr Richard Manton

Dr Richard Manton is the Registrar at Engineers Ireland, responsible for accreditation, registration, titles, regulation and risk at the professional body of 25,000 engineers. Richard is a Chartered Engineer with qualifications in civil engineering, financial management and digital transformation management. He was awarded the ESAI Postgraduate Researcher of the Year for his PhD research on greenways and sustainable travel. 

Dr Elena Tsalaporta

Dr. Elena Tsalaporta is a distinguished Lecturer in Process and Chemical Engineering at University College Cork (UCC), renowned for her exceptional contributions to the field of Sustainable Engineering and Climate Change technologies. She is an esteemed alumna of UCD's Earth Institute and the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, underscoring her deep-rooted commitment to environmental sustainability.

Dr. Tsalaporta's impact extends far beyond the lecture hall. She serves as a Principal Investigator in UCC's prestigious Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and is a founding member of the cutting-edge SFI Centre for Sustainable Fermentation and Bioprocessing Systems for Food and the Bioeconomy (SUSFERM). Her expertise encompasses a wide range of crucial areas, including Sustainable Engineering, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS), Direct Air Capture (DAC), and multi-disciplinary Climate Change technologies.

Over her illustrious career, Dr. Tsalaporta has achieved remarkable milestones. She secured an astounding €2.6 million in personal research funding, a testament to her visionary thinking and relentless pursuit of transformative ideas. Her innovative spirit has led to the filing of six related patents, emphasizing her exceptional ability to not only conceive groundbreaking concepts but also secure the essential resources for pioneering research in the critical realm of Climate Change technologies.

Beyond her exceptional research achievements, Dr. Tsalaporta is a trailblazer in promoting diversity and inclusivity within STEM disciplines. As the sole female academic in Ireland specializing in Carbon Capture and Direct Air Capture, she is on a mission to inspire the next generation of researchers and foster a more inclusive and diverse STEM community.
With unwavering dedication and a pioneering spirit, Dr. Elena Tsalaporta continues to push the boundaries of engineering and academia. Her tireless efforts are driving progress toward a more sustainable and resilient future while inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.

Why attend on 25 October?

Images from our National Conference 2023

Images from our National Conference 2022

Arachas Glennon

Sponsors of Morning Refreshments

The National Conference Morning Refreshments is kindly supported by Arachas Glennon. We would like to thank Arachas Glennon for their support on the day.

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