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New Metaphor Ideas

Keynote 2: Kathryn Jablokow"The Paradox of the Box: Rethinking the Metaphor for Design Creativity"
When: 12th January 10:30
Where: MacNeill Theatre
During Keynote 2 Kathryn Jablokow will ask the audience to engage in a discussion about using an alternative metaphor. Audience members will be able to utilise this form input their ideas into the discussion. At the end of conference Kathryn will synthesize these and report them back to the conference community.

Site Visits Sign Up

On Thursday 12th January, a number of on campus site visits to research and teaching facilities will be available. The site visits are running during parallel session three and will be open to any attendees who will not be at The Role of CDIO in Engineering Education Research. Five site visits will be available and there will be two cycles during the session. Cycle one will run between 16:45 and 17:25, cycle two between 17:25 and 18:00. Attendees can opt to go to any site during cycle one and any site during cycle two. Places for each site visit will be limited in each cycle, so please use the link below to register your interest as early as possible. Details about each site visit are as follows:

Bridge 21

Bridge21 is an education project that aims to develop and promote an innovative, 21st century learning methodology in schools through a social constructivist pedagogy. We have extensive experience applying our model across various STEM and humanities courses. Our unique learning space provides a fun and creative environment with pragmatic underpinnings, that promote team and project based learning.


CONNECT is Ireland's research centre for Future Networks and Communications. It is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres programme and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation. You will see CONNECT's Iris optical and wireless network testbed, which focuses on reconfigurable radio and research on 5th generation mobile networks (5G) and the Internet of Things. This laboratory is currently used for multiple European Horizon 2020 projects, as well as for a hands-on course on wireless communications and networks offered to 5th year Engineering students at Trinity College.

Civil Engineering

The tour will focus on the large scale Civil Engineering test facility. Current research experiments include characterisation of a vertical axis wind turbine, optimisation of a turbine for wave energy applications and a range of projects addressing building energy optimisation.

Mechanical Engineering

The tour will showcase BuildBase (our student run rapid prototyping facility) and the robotics and innovation lab, a dedicated space for advanced project based learning and design innovation.


Bioengineering research is a key focus of Trinity College Dublin and one of the prioritised research themes of the University. The Trinity Centre For Bioengineering is housed in a state-of-art building, the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute(TBSI) ( on Pearse Street. TBSI was established with a view to enable truly innovative and interdisciplinary research which would lead to scientific discoveries. Along with the Trinity Centre For Bioengineering, it houses the Schools of Biochemistry and Immunology, Chemistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This tour offers CDIO attendees a chance to visit TBSI and view the state-of-the-art facilities there, particularly the Bioengineering laboratories where the use of advanced 3D printing technologies are being used to develop next generation medical devices and tissue engineered replacement tissues and organs.


Supporting Student Entrepreneurs: How We Engage Students through our LaunchPad and LaunchBox programmes. Come and visit LaunchBoxe’s dedicated spaces and learn more about how we encourage and enable student entrepreneurship.

Sign up to site visits HERE

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