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HUCBMS Conference 2023


Atlantic Technological University is hosting the 2023 HUCBMS Conference on 5-6 September. 

The conference will take place on the Irish North West Coastal ATU Sligo Campus.

The outline programme of events

Tuesday, 5 September – Conference Registration/Welcome plus plenary lectures – ATU Sligo, Main Reception and Main Lecture Theatre from 1 pm. 

Wednesday, 6 September – Plenary lectures and presentations in ATU Sligo Main Lecture Theatre.

Evening dinner and traditional music entertainment will take place at the historic Templehouse, Ballymote, Co.Sligo, with transport provided. 

Conference speakers will include:

  • Dr Orla Flynn, President of ATU
  • Professor Stephen Curry, Associate Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), Imperial College, London
  • Professor Philip Nolan, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
  • Dr Danny McCoy MRIA, CEO, Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)
  • Dr Sue Jones, Executive Head of Education, Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Dr David Irwin, Academic Quality Advisor and Academic Integrity Manager, TU Dublin
  • Dr Patricia Clarke, Health Research Board
  • Plus presentations by representatives of HUCBMS member institutions

The conference themes are:

  • Teaching Excellence Framework, Quality Enhancement and Student Protection
  • Future development of Research Assessment (REF) exercises
  • Opportunities for UK-Ireland collaboration
  • Academic integrity and Artificial Intelligence
  • The role of science education and research in supporting economic development
  • Health-related research funding strategies
  • Recent innovations in biomedical sciences learning and teaching and research
  • Future priorities of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Campus building with Salmon of Knowledge

Archaeological site visits

* There will be a visit to Carrowmore Megalithic Complex & Visitors Centre on the morning of Tuesday 5th September. A bus will depart at 10am from the Glasshouse Hotel to Carrowmore. To ensure numbers for the bus, you will need to book a place in advance by contacting Oli Melia – oli.melia@nullatu.ie

** Subject to numbers interested, we can also arrange a two hour walk around Knocknarea, visiting Queen Maeve’s Cairn, for anybody who is staying in Sligo, Thursday 7th September. Contact oli.melia@nullatu.ie to register interest in this.

NB: There will be a small fee to cover transport for the above visits which is dependent upon numbers registered.

The mission of HUCBMS

The mission of HUCBMS is to promote the development and enhancement of biomedical sciences teaching and research, including:

  • promoting national and international quality standards in biomedical sciences teaching and research;
  • seeking to ensure that adequate resources are available to departments of biomedical sciences;
  • providing benchmarks for model curricula;
  • providing advice and guidance to biomedical sciences departments;
  • promoting the exchange of views, dissemination of information and collaboration between member institutions.
  • It represents the interests of its member institutions (universities and colleges) at a national and international level. Inter alia, it acts as a representative voice for the biomedical sciences and a source of advice, comment and analysis to relevant external bodies.

Book your place

You can book your place at the conference including 2 nights’ accommodation at the Glasshouse here

Costs of attending the conference

Conference and dinner registration:    €130

Accommodation at the Glasshouse 4 star hotel:   €220 euro for two nights (5th/6th September).

Eventbrite booking fee, not included in the above price.

Earlybird note: 10% increase in costs after a threshold date of June 30

Please note: If you are looking for further accomodation days to be added to your visit, then please book 5th/6th September via our above booking link then please call the hotel directly on 00 353 (0) 719194300 to book extra days. If you mention that you have booked 5th & 6th September through the conference, the hotel will be happy to offer their best available rate for extra days – You will be required to pay the hotel directly for any extra days.

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For more information on the Sligo event, including conference sponsor packages, please contact Oli Melia.
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