Welcome from Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost & President, TCD
On behalf of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, I’m delighted to welcome all presenters, visitors and attendees to our second international postgraduate research conference.
In 2017, Trinity celebrated the 425th anniversary since our founding in 1592. For over four centuries we have helped drive change and reform in Ireland and abroad through the promulgation of great ideas and the education of citizens. Today we promote a diverse, interdisciplinary, inclusive environment for our 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and our long tradition of nurturing independent intellectual inquiry finds expression in a campus culture of scholarship, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and dedication to societal reform.
I welcome you, not only as Provost & President, but also as a one-time Trinity graduate student myself, in the School of Engineering, and as a former Dean of Graduate Studies. Between 2004 and 2007, I held the position which Professor Neville Cox does today, with responsibility for supporting postgraduate students in their research and integration into university life. So I well understand the importance of events such as this.
Participants will benefit from the conference’s focus on four research pillars, which are linked to Trinity’s own research strengths. Trinity's multidisciplinary excellence depends on our graduate students’ commitment and research, and events such as this are crucial to showcase the high quality of your research.
This conference also encourages the sharing of knowledge creation, which is key for individual career development, for global research collaboration, and for the growth of Europe’s innovation and entrepreneurship capacity. All research in all fields has the potential for innovation, whether technological, social, or policy innovation. Understanding the unique contribution your research is making will help you determine how to best introduce it to the world.
I congratulate the Graduate Students’ Union for bringing this conference about, and I wish all of you well during your time here in Trinity, and indeed Dublin. Through your research and other means, please continue -, as our current Strategic Plan puts it - “to fearlessly engage in actions that advance the cause of a pluralistic, just, and sustainable society”.
Dr Patrick Prendergast
Provost and President, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin