AIREN Conference Event: ‘Research for the Future’
8th September 2022, 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Titanic Hotel Belfast

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UCD, Ulster and QUB join forces to connect Research Managers and Administrators across the island of Ireland

Inaugural AIREN Conference Announcement: The All-Island Research Excellence Network (AIREN) project, established by University College Dublin (UCD), Queens University Belfast (QUB) and Ulster University (Ulster) is pleased to announce that AIREN’S inaugural Conference entitled ‘Research for the Future’ will take place as an in-person event on 8th September 2022 in the Drawing Offices at the Titanic Hotel Belfast, the legendary location where the headquarters of Harland & Wolf shipbuilders were based.

Research for the Future: The AIREN ‘Research for the Future’ Conference will bring key stakeholders together to discuss all-island collaborative research and will focus on enhancing the AIREN all-island network of research support staff. The Conference opens with a Welcome Address by Minister Gordon Lyons, MLA, and the day will be moderated by Sarah Travers, Journalist, TV Presenter & Event Host.    The Conference Programme offers a range of stimulating and interactive sessions, and panel discussions, on topics covering:

  • Vision and strategy for research collaboration
  • Funding programmes to support North South collaboration, including an overview of the new Peace Plus Programme;  new opportunities within the Health Research Board programmes;   insights on the HEA North-South Research programme and Interreg.
  • Continuing to develop and enhance the AIREN Network;
  • Research culture and what research integrity means to / for research support professionals
  • Sharing career development inspirations.

Throughout the Conference Programme there will be many networking opportunities for delegates and speakers.

AIREN Conference Programme:
The full Conference Programme Agenda is available here.

Attendance: The AIREN Conference is an inclusive all-island event and invites wide participation and attendance from all research sector stakeholders.   It is aimed at research support professionals from across all higher education institutions, research organisations/institutes, industry, enterprise centres and research funding bodies from across Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to attend.

Registration: The registration link to attend the AIREN Conference event is available here. Spaces are limited to a max of 200 attendees. There is no charge to attend.  The AIREN Conference is delivered by the AIREN Project and is supported by InterTradeIreland’s Synergy Programme – a cross-border cluster initiative which aims to scale cross border collaboration among SMEs and other players such as universities, third sector organisations and government agencies using cluster and networking supports.

AIREN Conference Data Privacy Statement: The AIREN Conference Data Privacy Statement is available here.

Travel & Accommodation: The Hotel Titanic Belfast is located at the heart of Titanic Quarter. Travel to and from the Conference for many delegates will be possible within a single day as Conference opens for arrivals and registrations at 10 a.m., proceedings start at 10.30 a.m. and the event closes at 3.30 p.m. For those travelling for longer distances / wishing to make a staycation visit to Belfast, the Titanic Hotel Belfast has a limited number of rooms available at a special delegate conference B&B rate of £109 per night for bookings made directly with the hotel (quoting the AIREN Conference) before 14th July 2022.  Travel and location details are available on the Titanic Hotel Belfast website. Iarnród Éireann train services between Connelly Station Dublin and Belfast Lanyon Place depart daily at regular time – route timetables available here.

The AIREN Project Team look forward to welcoming you to the inaugural AIREN Conference on 8th September 2022.