The event will open at 5:30pm in the Orbsen Building Foyer with a Showcase of the rich and varied range of cutting-edge energy research currently underway at NUIG. With presenters working in areas from biofuels to wave energy, and smart buildings to smart grids, the Showcase will provide attendees and researchers alike with the opportunity to meet, learn about and exchange ideas on the future of energy in Ireland. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.The Showcase will be immediately followed by a Major Fact-Based Panel Discussion titled "Averting a Future Irish Energy Crisis" at 7:00pm the nearby O'Flaherty Lecture Theatre, located on the main Concourse. The discussion will bring together experts in the fields of energy technology, policy, innovation and business. Paul Cunningham, RTE’s Environment Editor, and author of “Ireland’s Burning” will moderate the discussion. Confirmed panellists are Professor J. Owen Lewis, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Paul Lynam, Chief Executive of Siemens Ireland, John Simmie, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at NUIG, founder of the Combustion Chemistry Centre, and energy expert, Dr. Neil Walker, Head of the Energy and Environment Unit at the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC), and Philip Walton, Emeritus Professor of Physics at NUIG and nuclear energy authority. The moderated discussion will run for 90 minutes, with 30 minutes for questions from the audience. Prizes for the best student posters from the Showcase will be awarded after the Panel Discussion.
If you are interested in attending NUIG Energy Night please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17th January 2011 as space at the panel discussion part of the event is limited. Please feel free to pass this invitation on to colleagues that may be interested in the event. We look forward to seeing you at NUIG Energy Night and would be delighted if you could join us for this major event for the NUIG Community and help make it a success. The locations of the venues for NUIG Energy Night are available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/campus_map/.