Annual Scientific Conference 2023

Páirc Uí Chaoimh
29 Sep 2023 - 9:00am


The BEAI’s Annual Scientific Conference 2023, which was held in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on the 29th of September, was a resounding success on all fronts. From the stunning location, packed programme, quality of speakers, and record attendance, the ASC is going from strength to strength.

Following the opening address from the BEAI Chairperson Mr Eoghan Hayden, the local sporting legend, celebrity, Engineering Manager, and guest speaker on the day, Mr Dónal ÓG Cusack took to the podium. Dónal spoke powerfully and passionately about the importance of both engineering and science to society. This importance applied whether constructing the world-famous domes during the renaissance in Italy or the present-day manufacturing of medical devices in Ringaskiddy.

The theme of 'Diversity in Clinical Engineering' was well maintained with an eclectic mix of speakers and attendees. Industry, Healthcare Professionals, Clinical Engineers, Physicists and Academia were all represented. The broad range of topics covered on the day varied from creating Integrated and Inclusive Environments to AI & Cybersecurity. There was a definite energy in the air during the breaks which gave the delegates an opportunity to network amongst themselves, and to interact and engage with the 35 companies that had set up their exhibition stands. 2023 is now another year that the BEAI ASC has been oversubscribed in terms of sponsorship which is an incredible achievement.  A well-orchestrated surprise guest appearance from another local celebrity in the afternoon created more excitement across the conference. Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath kindly took time from his busy schedule to attend the ASC. Considering that the budget was looming this was a generous act much appreciated by the BEAI. The Minister spoke of the important role played by Biomedical/Clinical Engineers in helping drive and support innovative medical devices and solutions into healthcare in Ireland.

While on the stage the Minister also presented Mr Frank Kelly with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Although retired from St Vincents University Hospital, Frank is still actively involved in the BEAI executive and is still providing support and mentorship to newly qualified and student engineers where possible.

The ASC closed on a positive note, with the presentation of awards. With such a strong programme there was always going to be competition for the much coveted “Best Presentation” award on the day. However, a powerful patient testimonial delivered by Mr John McGivney caught everybody’s attention, including the judges. John’s brave presentation reminded everybody in the room of the importance of patient centred care throughout the patient’s journey.

This seemed like a fitting end to what was an extremely informative, insightful, and collaborative day for all.


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