Conference Venue

University College Dublin


Originally known as the Catholic University of Ireland and subsequently as the Royal University, the university became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National University of Ireland (NUI). In 1997, UCD became an autonomous university within the loose federal structure of the NUI and UCD students are awarded degrees of the National University of Ireland.
UCD has been a major contributor to the making of modern Ireland. Many UCD students and staff participated in the struggle for Irish independence and the university has produced numerous Irish Presidents and Taoisigh (Prime Ministers) in addition to generations of Irish business, professional, cultural and sporting leaders. Among UCD’s well-known graduates are authors (Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, Flann O’Brien), actors (Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson), directors (Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan) and sports stars such as Irish rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll and former Manchester United and Ireland captain Kevin Moran. Perhaps the best known of all its graduates is the writer James Joyce, who completed his Bachelor of Arts at the university in 1902.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in University College Dublin (UCD) Belfield Campus in the leafy suburb of Belfield. The campus is 4km south of Dublin city centre which is approximately 50 minutes walking distance to the city or a 15 minute bus journey.

The campus is on a 132 hectare site, in an attractively landscaped complex of modern architectural buildings, accommodating student residences and numerous leisure and sporting facilities.

The conference will be held in the O’Reilly Hall, The O’Brien Centre for Science and the Newman Building.

The O’Brien Centre for Science

Welcome to UCD Science. University College Dublin has one of the most diverse Science programmes in the country, providing undergraduate and graduate courses in the biological, biomedical, chemical, geological, mathematical, physical and computer sciences which all take place in The O’Brien Centre for Science.


O'Brien will house:

  • ERC and ECER Registration
  • EERA Desk and other Help Desks
  • All ERC Sessions
  • Several ECER Sessions
  • Exhibition: Publishers, Research Instruments and EERA Members
  • Coffee Breaks

Newman Building

Overlooking the lake, the Newman Building is one of the hubs of the campus. Its many classrooms and theatres are well fitted for any event. They are linked by bright, open concourses that are regularly used by visitors as assembly points or as exhibition and poster board areas with 650sqm available. Seven tiered theatres are available, with seating capacities between 200 and 500. A selection of twenty classrooms can also accommodate from 20 to 80 people.

Newman will house:

  • Local Info Point
  • Most ECER Sessions
  • ECER Poster Exhibition
  • Two Keynotes
  • Coffee Breaks

Veterinary Sciences Centre

The Veterinary Medicine Library is situated within the Veterinary Sciences Centre on the Belfield Campus. This library, the only academic veterinary medicine library in the Republic of Ireland, holds an extensive collection of databases, books, journals and audio/visual materials. It supports the teaching and research activities of the Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing Programmes in UCD. Members of the Irish veterinary profession are also welcome to use the Veterinary Medicine Library and its resources.

As the only Veterinary School on the island of Ireland UCD are proud to hold accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) following a successful reaccreditation site visit in January 2014.

Vet will host:

  • Several ECER Sessions

O’Reilly Hall

The best of contemporary architecture and Irish art have created O'Reilly Hall. Within the imposing facade is one of Ireland's largest and most prestigious venues. O'Reilly Hall, encompassing an area of 2,632 square meters, was designed by renowned architects Scott Tallon Walker.

The airy conservatory overlooking the campus lake is used for receptions or as an assembly area. Along the walls of the hall itself are paintings commissioned from Irish Artists. With versatile seating for over 1,000 people and complete sound proofing the O'Reilly Hall is ideal for major conferences, concerts, gala dinners, product launches & exhibitions. All areas are fully accessible by wheelchair.

O'Reilly will house:

  • Two Keynotes
  • Welcome Reception on Tuesday