Frequently asked questions

What is the University-Industry Interaction Conference?
The conference, taking place over three days, will give you access to a wide variety of presentations and workshops and allow you to participate in numerous networking opportunities. Hosted in Dublin, one of Europe’s innovation capitals, the conference gives participants the opportunity to meet over 400 participants from all over the world and interact, share knowledge, and establish new contacts.
Who organises the conference?
The conference is jointly organised by the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), the Irish Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

UIIN is a dynamic network of academics, practitioners and business professionals passionate about advancing university-industry interaction, entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. Founded in 2012, UIIN has become a leading organisation in university-industry interaction, through, amongst others, bringing its stakeholders together at its annual conferences and workshops, and generating new knowledge through its research and development projects. We aim to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for our more than 200 members from over 25 countries, in order to exploit the full value of collaboration and cooperation, ultimately making an impact to academia, business and society.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) leads the strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system with the objective of creating a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions, which is responsive to the social, cultural and economic development of Ireland and its people and supports the achievement of national objectives. The HEA has a statutory responsibility, at central government level, for the effective governance and regulation of higher education institutions and the higher education system.

The vision of the Irish Research Council (IRC) is a healthy research ecosystem in Ireland which provides a diversity of supports and opportunities and which enables the country to reap the full value and benefits of research. The Council provides a range of funding supports to individual researchers across all disciplines.
Where does it take place?
The 2017 University-Industsry Interaction Conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland.
How do I register?
If you would like to attend the conference, please register yourself online here
I am attending, can you recommend a hotel?
Yes, we have listed a number of recommended hotels on the following page: Venues and travel
I cannot attend, can I get a refund?
Please see our terms and conditions for cancelling your conference ticket. The possibility to cancel and the extent of the refund depends on the date you cancel your registrations. It is always possible to transfer your ticket to a colleague.
Do you provide financing for travels?
The travels and accommodation for attending the conference are the responsibility of each individual attendee.
I need a visa to enter Ireland, can you help me?
Visa letters are only provided after we have received a full registration and payment of the conference fee. Please ensure you register in due time to allow sufficient time for yourself to acquire a visa. Once you have registered please send an email to to request a visa invitation letter. Please provide us with your fullname, employer’s name, and department in order for us to provide you with the appropriate letter.
I am interested in sponsorship opportunities, who do I contact?
If you would like to sponsor the event or promote your organisation to an international audience of over 400 participants, please contact Nino Japarashvili at


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