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UCD PhD Researcher Presents at first meeting of the Irish Deutsche Alumniportal in Galway Dec. 2013


In December 2013 the first meeting of the Irish Deutsche Alumniportal took place at the Galway Bay hotel.  The Deutsche Alumniportal is a network set up to allow people who have worked, lived, studied and researched in Germany to stay in touch after they have left Germany.  The network also includes organisations and companies so as to advertise jobs and positions available within Germany or for members with German experience etc. For more information on the  Deutsche Alumniportal please click here. It is a growing network with over 87,000 members worldwide.  The meeting in December 2013 was the first ever meeting of the Irish network and was designed to bring together people from and who had lived in Germany at some point.  The event featured a raft of cultural and educational talks alongside poetry readings, book readings, art displays and demonstrations along with talks on living in Germany and researchers and student experiences in Germany. 

The event was a great chance to network and make new contacts with guess such as Professor Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Professor Maeve Cooke of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Dr. Andreas Hoeschen of the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), Harald Seibel of the German Embassy, and Professor Emeritus Eoin Bourke author of the "Poor Green Erin" and poet Peter Jankowsky.

As part of the event a number of presentations from Alumni where given, showing the importance and benefits of spending time in Germany.  These included:  

1 - Erasmus year abroad in Berlin - Insider tips, Maeve Killen (TCD)

2 - Expanding your Research Through a DAAD Scholarship, Shane Keaveney (UCD, AMS Research Group)

3 - Research experience in Germany and the role of AvH to go beyond, Mohammad Ibrahim Khalil (Wexford)


The second alumni presentation was given by the AMS research groups, at the time, doctoral researcher Shane Keaveney.  As part of Shane's  PhD he spend a research semester in Dortmund TU Germany at the ISF research centre for machining.  For more information on the ISF please click here.  The presentation detailed some of Shane's work and the research interests of the ISF along with educating a non-technical audience on both the importance and changing face of precision engineering and manufacturing along side some pictures from his travels around Germany during the research semester.