IT Carlow to host EUROAVIA international conference


Institute of Technology Carlow is to host the first EUROAVIA international conference of European aerospace students, which takes place this week (14th -18th March).

Eurovia 2017 Conference at itcarlow IrelandEUROAVIA is the European Association of Aerospace Students, representing the interests of over 2,000 students from 38 universities in 19 European countries. Established in 1959, EUROAVIA is a bridge between companies, universities and students, providing opportunities for members to meet, exchange and learn on all levels. Institute of Technology Carlow is the leading aerospace educator in Ireland and the only Irish member of EUROAVIA. The conference will host aerospace students from all over Europe to the Institute’s Centre for Aerospace Engineering Studies to experience first-hand the Irish aerospace sector.

Guest speakers at the conference include: Richard Wall (SMBC Aviation Capital) who is responsible for managing and developing the EMEA-based Technical Asset Management team; astrophysicist Prof. Peter Gallagher (TCD) who is a former senior scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre and Paul Farrell (AAIU) who served as Chief Aeronautical and Airworthiness Engineer with the Irish Air Corps and is an Inspector of Air Accidents with the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU).

The conference will also include visits to the Irish Air Corps in Baldonnel and Laois Aero Club where all delegates will get some ‘air time’ to view the midlands countryside. A full programme of cultural activities are also planned including a visit to Kilkenny for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Head of the Faculty of Engineering at Institute of Technology Carlow, Brian McQuaid, says that the hosting of the EUROAVIA conference is “a great honour for the Institute”. He expressed particular praise for the students who took the initiative to join EUROAVIA and who also organised all aspects of the conference, including the provision of meals and accommodation for the delegates.