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2012 BioInterface Conference at UCD, Ireland

The Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation hosted its 2012 BioInterface Conference at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. This was the first time that this conference will be held outside the United States since it was first established in 1990. Among the reasons for selecting Ireland as the location for the 2012 conference is the large concentration of medical device companies in the country. Indeed, Ireland boasts the highest per capita Medical Technology personnel in Europe with nine of the top ten global companies having manufacturing plants located there. Another reason for hosting the conference in Dublin in 2012 is that in that year the city will host the European City of Science.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) is a dynamic, modern university where cutting-edge research and scholarship provide a stimulating intellectual environment - the ideal surroundings for learning and discovery. Established in 1854, the university has played a key role in the history of the modern Irish State and today it plays a leading part in shaping Ireland's future. UCD offers state-of-the-art conferencing at Belfield Campus. A range of venues, breakout areas, meeting rooms and workshop spaces is available. There is an onsite bank and ATM only a few minutes walk from the conference venue. There is ample green space to enjoy during breaks, and there are a number of campus options for coffee, refreshments and light meals. UCD is approximately 3km from the historic centre of Dublin city and is extremely well-served by public transport. The airport coaches stop at the university, as do a host of local buses which arrive every few minutes to transport people into the heart of the city. Many of the buses stop outside the Dublin Tourism Centre in Suffolk Street for visitors who want to explore the city and country as part of their stay.

Ireland

Ireland is a small European country with a young, highly-educated population. There has always been a strong emphasis on science and technology, and in recent years the country has established itself as a technological hub within Europe. There is a particular interest in life sciences. Ireland is also one of Europe's top tourist destinations. Dublin airport is the 19th most busy airport in the world, with direct flights from all major cities worldwide. Ferry services operate between the UK and continental Europe. Visitors come to enjoy the scenery, which is very beautiful, and many other attractions for which Ireland is world-famous:

  • Historic sites such as castles, abbeys, towers; and ancient tombs and burial sites like the astonishing examples at Newgrange which were built before Stonehenge and the Pyramids.
  • The lovely and varied landscape, from the Ring of Kerry in the South to the Giant's Causeway in the North, from Galway Bay in the West to the beauties of Dublin and Wicklow in the East (including the stunning Powerscourt House and Gardens).
  • Music is at the heart of the Irish culture, and whether you are a U2 fan or an aficionado of traditional Irish music there will be ample opportunities to experience excellent music wherever you go in Ireland.
  • Food and drink: Ireland has abundant natural resources and is famous for seafood, beef and traditional breads and baking. Visitors will also be familiar with names like Guinness, Jameson and Baileys which are globally-known names associated with hospitality. Tours of the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery are available year-round.
  • Historic buildings: Ireland - and Dublin in particular - is blessed with beautiful Georgian buildings and a host of other architectural gems. Visitors can see examples of this in the elegant Georgian streets and squares, in the stately Government Buildings, and the seat of the Irish Parliament (Dail) at Leinster House which was the inspiration for the design of the White House in Washington, DC.
  • Art: Ireland is a country that loves art and has many fine collections to visit. Museums not to miss are The National Gallery, The Writers Museum, The Hugh Lane Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Dublin for Visitors

Dublin is a compact city, very suitable for walking. The city centre is divided into four main areas:

  • O'Connell Street; the main boulevard with shopping areas
  • Temple Bar; pedestrianised region just south of the river Liffey, with bars, restaurants and galleries
  • Grafton Street; shopping region close to the main museums and seat of government (Dail Eireann)
  • Docklands; home to the Irish Financial Services Centre

The Dublin Tourism Centre on Suffolk Street has lots of information and can help with tours and reservations while you are visiting Dublin City and County. They can also help if you want to explore Ireland while you are here. Ireland is a spectacularly beautiful country with short distances to travel and plenty of transport options. Hotels are of a very high standard, and food and entertainment is second to none.

Visit their website at www.visitdublin.com or contact them directly by telephone at 1850 230 330 (dialing within Ireland) or 00353 669 79 2083 (dialing from other countries).

The following services are available in the Centre:

  • Free information on places to visit and things to Do for All of Ireland
  • All Ireland Information and Accommodation Booking Service
  • The Dublin Pass - the smart card for Dublin
  • A Wide Choice of Dublin Books, Maps and Gifts
  • Tickets for all theatre, concert, comedy and music venues in Dublin - TicketMaster
  • Foreign Exchange Service - Fexco
  • Dublin Bus Ticket Sales and Information (Dublin city and regional bus services)
  • Bus Eireann Ticket Sales and Information (national bus services)
  • Irish City Tours Ticket Sales # Backpacker Trips & Hostel booking
  • Fionn McCool's Cafe and Sandwich Bar