Connacht Ulster Alliance Research Symposium a resounding success

Over 220 delegates and 60 speakers attended the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) Research Symposium in the Sligo Park Hotel on 16 and 17 January 2020, organised by Dr Shirley Wrynn, GMIT CUA Project Manager, and the GMIT Research Office. Some incredible research including 110 posters were unveiled at the two-day event by academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the three CUA institutes of Galway-Mayo IT, Letterkenny IT and IT Sligo, many of whom were meeting for the first time. A series of feature articles and podcasts will be published over the next few months in relation to the conference #CUAresearch

Two Letterkenny IT postgraduate students (pictured) scooped top accolades at the event, Chris McElheny who won Best Oral Presentation for his project, titled ‘Determination of bio-available trace cadmium and zinc in soil using a nano-porous modified screen-printed electrode’ and Laura McDaid who won Best Poster for her project titled ‘Determination of cadmium in fava beans using a novel electrochemical detection method’.

L to R: John Andy Bonner, Letterkenny IT Vice President for Research, Equality & External Affairs, Dr Denis McCrudden, LYIT lecturer and research supervisor, postgraduate student Chris McElheny, LYIT, winner of the Best Presentation, Dr Shirley Wrynn, GMIT CUA Research Conference organiser and GMIT CUA Project Manager, postgraduate student Laura McDaid, winner of the Best Poster, Dr Chris O’Malley, IT Sligo Vice President for Research, Innovation and Engagement, Dr Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo, Dr Rick Officer, VP Research & Innovation, GMIT.

L to R: John Andy Bonner, Letterkenny IT Vice President for Research, Equality & External Affairs, Dr Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Chris McElheny, LYIT, winner of the Best Presentation, Dr Chris O’Malley, IT Sligo Vice President for Research, Innovation and Engagement, Dr Rick Officer, VP Research & Innovation, GMIT and Dr Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo.

L to R: John Andy Bonner, Letterkenny IT Vice President for Research, Equality & External Affairs, Dr Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo, Dr Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Laura McDaid, winner of the Best Poster, Dr Chris O’Malley, IT Sligo Vice President for Research, Innovation and Engagement and Dr Rick Officer, VP Research & Innovation, GMIT.

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