DCU was delighted to host the first Irish Postgraduate Research Conference (IPRC) on November 8 and 9. The inaugural IPRC event, with the theme ‘Research Contributing to Society’, was officially opened by Prof Daire Keogh, Deputy President of DCU.
One of the stated aims of the IPRC is to establish itself as a forum for early stage researchers to present their work to a broader audience, while also highlighting its contribution to society. This year’s conference included both oral and poster presentations, a dedicated session for early stage postgraduate researchers, and a number of workshops, including sessions on Research Communication, Grant Writing, Mendelay and Qualtrics.
Keynote speakers included Brian Trench, President of the PCST Network (Public Communication of Science and Technology), who began proceedings with his talk on ‘Research Communication Across Different Frontiers’. On day two of the conference, Dr Mathias Möschel from the Central European University in Budapest, provided the second keynote on ‘Veil Bans as Harassment’.
One of the highlights of the event was an engaging expert panel discussion on the topic of ‘The Effects of Populism on Research, Examples from Europe’. Speakers included Dr Eugenia Siapera (DCU), Judith Sargentini (EP), Tom Boland (BH Associates), Prof Jane Ohlmeyer (TCD/IRC), Dr Mathias Möschel (CEU), Ian Cooper (DCU) and Erika Biagini (DCU).
Congratulations to everyone involved in organising the first of what we hope will be many future IPRC events.