The Great Energy Debate at NUI Galway Energy Night 2013
The rapidly growing Irish energy industry offers promising employment prospects and is a key player in the roll out of renewable energy sources in this country. Now in its third year, NUI Galway Energy Night 2013 is the only student-run energy forum in Ireland and one of the first in Europe, with the previous two events each attracting 300 attendees. The Great Energy Debate will be the focal point of NUIG Energy Night 2013. This will see leaders from the energy industry go head to head with their visions for the future of energy in Ireland in this lively debate, which will be opened to questions from the floor. This is the first time that energy industry leaders will participate in an unscripted face-to-face public debate on Ireland's energy future. It is expected that the addition of this debate will further increase student enthusiasm for this popular event.
NUI Galway Energy Night 2013 will take place on Thursday, 28 February in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway and will also include a Career and Industry Fair, which was supported by EXPLORE in 2012, and a Research Showcase. The aim of this project is to: - Bring together students from diverse backgrounds from all over Ireland with a shared passion for energy - Give students the opportunity to directly question and interact with Ireland's energy decision makers - Confirm NUI Galway Energy Night's place as Ireland's premier fact-based energy forum - Give students experience of organising large interdisciplinary events - Improve students’ career prospects through contact with industry - Engender understanding among students and the public of the multi-faceted energy sector and their role within it
So far we have got together a number of times and the preparation is going well. We have got our organising committee together and the venue is booked. We are holding Energy Night on Thursday, 28 February. The Industry Fair and Research Poster Competition will run from 5-7 pm and the debate entitled "Energising Ireland: What's the best option?" will take place afterwards.
We have done up draft emails and we will be sending these out to the speakers and companies for the Industry Fair this week. We have got in contact with the Careers Development Centre and they are willing to help us with the CV workshop we intend to run in the days leading up to Energy Night.
Progress for the Energy Night 2013 is going great as our committee is split into teams and everyone is doing their part. We have our three panellists and the venue booked. The website is currently being updated, as is our Facebook page. We are now focusing most of our attention to marketing the event and logistics.
Energy Night 2013 was held on Thursday, 28 February and it was a great success. See photos from the event
Energising Ireland: What are our options?
Energy Night 2013 brings together experts in the fields of nuclear energy, renewable energy and fossil fuels to discuss the best solution to the Irish energy crisis by means of a high-profile, educated discussion, entitled “Energising Ireland: What are our options?”
This will of course be followed by an energetic Q&A session. The main event will be supported by a research poster showcase highlighting the important work and innovative thinking currently being carried out by researchers in the energy sector.
A number of smaller activities will be held in conjunction with the poster showcase. There will be a careers information presentation presented by NUIG graduates that will inform students of the potential jobs available after graduation.
If this does not entice you, why not join one of the tours of the New Engineering Building? These include our state of the art Energy Centre which provides all the building’s electricity and hot water. There will be live demonstrations of the New Engineering Building’s Building Management System (BMS), as well as lab demonstrations.
As you can see it promises to be an action-packed night with something for everyone. This year’s Energy Night will be held on Thursday February 28th in the New Engineering Building.
The careers presentation will start at 5pm followed by the poster showcase at 6pm and the panel discussion will start at 7pm sharp. The event is open to all members of the public...
16:00 Tour of Engineering Building
17:00 Careers Presentation
- 17:00 Michael Flanagan (Eire Composites)
- 17:10 Peter Mahady (MSC Kenny)
- 17:20 Sean Ganley (C&F Green Energy)
- 17:30 Andrew Dowling (GE)
- 17:40 James O’ Hara (SSE Renewables)
- 17:50 Ciaran Ryan (Thermo King)
18:00 Research Poster Showcase
19:00 Panel Discussion