The trip to the LIT inter-varsity conference (LPRC) in Limerick was on Wednesday, May, 24th. 14 postgraduates and one undergraduate made the trip down to the LPRC. We took the long and tiring train journey down to Limerick. Once arriving in Limerick we checked into to our hotel, we were staying in the Ennis Road Travelodge for one night.
As we arrived the presenters prepared for their presentations, while the rest relaxed. We had six DCU Postgraduate present their research at the conference. Ranging from fields such technology, Electronic Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Sociology and Community Interaction.
Arriving in Limerick City
Prior to the presentations, there was a workshop on ‘Communicating Your Research to a General Audience’ by Dr Julienne Stack.
Speakers from DCU included:
Peter Brennan: Self-Sustained Sub-Surface Soil Sensors.
Ricardo Valdes-Bango Curell: miRNA-based Genetic Switches in CHO cells.
Sai Pavan Rajesh Sharma: Aged Acoustics Affair with Attractive Ageless Animals
Karen Ward: Research investigating the meanings of spirituality among accredited counsellors practising a new shamanic energy therapy technique with their clients.
Nayanna Boraiah: Data & Forensics using kibaba plugins
Jennifer Okeke: Research exploring the experiences of sex trafficking in the lives of migrant women in Ireland
After the presentations during the conference, we all gathered to attend a discussion panel with the heads of research of each of the HEI’s, UL, LIT & MIC. The role of research was discussed and how it will develop in the future. It was quite an insightful discussion on research and the neo-liberal agendas of the HEI’s and community development.