CONFIRM Annual Conference 2022

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The CONFIRM 2022 annual conference took place over 2 days in Salthill Galway on the 23rd and 24th November. It was the Centre’s first in-person conference since 2019 and was a big success. Attended by over 130 delegates from all our RPO’s across the country, the theme of the conference was ‘Smart Manufacturing for a Resilient Economy, Society and Environment.

There were 5 different themed sessions in total over the two days, along with an ongoing ‘Poster Session’, an NENC workshop, a keynote speaker, and an industry focused panel discussion.

Day 1 consisted of:

  • Opening welcome address by CONFIRM Director Prof.Conor McCarthy
  • Session 1 – Virtual Industrialisation
  • Session 2 – Cyber-Physical Systems
  • The NENC Workshop with guest speaker Dr.Gerard Kennedy, National Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon Europe Cluster 4 – Digital
  • Poster Session
  • Keynote Speaker – Jonathan McCrea who spoke on the theme of making ‘The Right Decision’

On the evening of day one, we had the CONFIRM Dinner and EPE awards ceremony

Day 2 consisted of:

  • Session 3 – Self Aware Manufacturing Systems
  • Session 4 – Testbeds & Prototype Lines
  • Poster Session
  • Session 5 – Industry Focused Projects
  • Industry led panel discussion on the theme of ‘Working with industry in today’s environment – Research supports & models for resilience and success’ The panel were made up of:
    • Erik O’Donovan, Head of Digital Economic Policy, IBEC
    • Caitriona Mordan, Cluster Manager ATIM – Advanced Technologies for Manufacturing, TUS Athlone
    • Dr Toby Sainsbury, Director Future Manufacturing Ireland, Dept Enterprise, Trade & Employment
    • Theresa Mulvihill, Engenuity Midlands Engineering Cluster Coordinator
  • Closing summary and ‘Best Poster Award, both given by CONFIRM Director Prof.Conor McCarthy

We look forward to welcoming everyone to our 2023 conference later this year.

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