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Technical Excursions

The LOC arranged Technical Excursions during the Congress for participants and Accompanying persons. 
Places are limited to 30 persons on a first come, first served basis. Registration must be made through the online registration form.
The cost is 15 euros per technical visit and per person.

Please read below about the technical excursions or download the pdf containing the full Technical Excursions offer.

There are four technical excursions. Two on Wednesday August 29 at 14.00 and two on Friday August 31 at 09.00.

1. Heritage and City Development, Nano Nagle Place (Wednesday August 29)
2. City Docklands Regeneration (Wednesday August 29)
3. Culture and Liveable Cities, Crawford Gallery (Friday August 31)
4. Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork (Friday August 31)

Each of the excursions is described below.

Heritage and City Development, Nano Nagle Place
Wednesday, August 29, from 14.00-17.00

Nano Nagle Place is a site of rich heritage for the city. It is the site of the foundation of the Presentation Sisters and their first schools, established by Nano Nagle in the mid-18th centruty. Recognising that education was the key to a better life, Nano Nagle (voted Ireland's greatest ever woman) created a legacy which is now carried on by the newly opened heritage centre in Nano Nagle Place. The excursion will be led by urbanist Shane Clarke, CEO of Nano Nagle Place, and will include a tour of the interactive heritage site, the stunning city gardens, and the original buildings. The excursion will include a discussion of the importance for heritage in city development and the experiences of establishing Nano Nagle Place as important cultural and heritage amenity and space for Cork city.


City Docklands Regeneration
Wednesday, August 29, from 14.00-17.00

The LOC are happy to arrange an excursion in Cork Docklands, Which are set in a beautiful location to the east of the City Centre and cover an area of 166 hectares of land on both banks of the River Lee, with 4 kilometres of waterfront. Cork City Council recognised the potential to redevelop this area in the late 1990s which resulted in the commissioning and publication of the Cork Docklands Development Strategy in 2001. This set out a vision for the regeneration of the area into a new high density urban quarter of Cork, characterised by high quality design; residential, employment and leisure opportunities; and a superb quality of life. 
This excursion will be conducted by the Deputy Chief Executive who will inform delegates of the challenges in this regeneration and the importance of this regeneration in the context of a growing city.


Culture-Led Development and Liveable Cities, Crawford Art Gallery
Friday, August 31, from 09.00-12.00

In 2017 Cork was named as the leading European small to medium sized city for cultural vibrancy in the European Commissions Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor.  The Crawford Gallery, at the heart of Cork city, is a critical part of Ireland's cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming close to 200,000 visitors each year. The gallery is at the centre of initiatives to enhance the liveability of Cork city. The technical excursion will be led by Mary McCarthy, Director of the Gallery, and will include a tour of the exhibitions and beautiful buildings and a discussion on how cities can harness cultrual amenities and spaces to foster greater inclusion, innovation, and liveability. Mary McCarthy has been at the forefront of recent initiatives to transform Cork's urban space, including the Cork Conversations Series. She will also speak about Irish urban challenges at the Opening Ceremony at ERSA Cork 2018. 


Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI), Ringaskiddy, Co Cork
Friday, August 31, from 09.00-12.30

MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation Centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the marine and renewable energy sectors. MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and has over 200 researchers working across 6 academic institutions collaborating with over 45 industry partners. The MaREI Centre conducts fundamental scientific research relating to marine and renewable energy applications and enables the development and testing of technology through to the construction of demonstration systems. A fascinating element of MaREI is the LIR National Ocean Testing Facility. Lir consists of state of the art wave tanks and electrical rigs that allow for scaled testing in a controlled environment. The state of the art facilities comprise a 2,600 squared metre tank hall which houses 4 different wave tanks. These include a new deep ocean wave basin capable of producing waves of up to 1.2 metres high, a wave and current flume with coastal/tidal testing capabilities and a wave demonstration flume. The excursion will leave from the University campus and includes transfer by coach to the beautiful setting in Ringaskiddy.