MaREI Biofuels Symposium

MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine was delighted to host a researcher led Gaseous Biofuel Symposium on the 29 April 2020.

It included for state of the art deep scientific research explained fluently in 6 slides by researchers in world leading research groups led by Prof Piet Lens and Prof Xinmin Zhan of MaREI at NUIG and Prof Jerry D Murphy of MaREI at the ERI in UCC.

You can watch the sessions below:

Session 1

Session 2

Join in on Twitter #MaREIBiofuels

You can find the schedule here: MaREI Biofuels Symposium Flyer April 29th




Webinar – Innovation for a Green Future

You can watch the webinar recording below:

Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with stimulating conversation on the theme “Innovation for a Green Future”!

About this Event

Date And Time

Mon, 27 April 2020

15:00 – 16:30 IST

World Intellectual Property Day 2020 – Innovation for a Green Future – How intellectual property can support the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

Carving a pathway to a green future is a modern-day imperative. The 2020 World Intellectual Property Day campaign puts innovation – and the rights that support it – at the heart of the efforts to shape a low-carbon future. Across the world, recognition of the need to act to preserve the environment is growing. People, businesses and governments are starting to take action to tackle climate change.

Hear from our expert panel of contributors:

  • Marc Sedam – Chair of AUTM; a community comprised of more than 3,000 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centres, hospitals, businesses and government organisations around the globe
  • Rich Ferrie – Director of Innovation, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Ray Alcorn – CEO Exceedance

This webinar will explore the importance of Intellectual Property, work being done right now to support Collaboration across Academia and Business in solving problems associated with COVID – 19, current progress and opportunities in IP & Green Innovation and Innovating for a Green Future.

This will be an interesting, discursive and thought provoking event with audience interaction encouraged through online Q&A.

Those registered will receive an access link by email before the event.


You can register here

2017 INORE European Symposium – Co. Clare, Ireland – August 20th to 26th

If you are a graduate student, early-stage researcher, or young professional in offshore renewable energy, you’re invited to Ireland for the INORE’s annual European Symposium! It will take place between the 20th and 26th of August, the week just before the EWTEC conference happening in Co. Cork. Join us for five days of research sharing, idea exchange, workshops, technical and site visits in a dynamic and informal environment. Meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals from around the world specializing in offshore renewable energy, including:

  • Technology and engineering of offshore renewable devices
  • Environmental monitoring and sustainability of marine renewables
  • Marine resource assessment
  • Policy and human dimensions of renewable energy

This year’s Symposium will be held in the west coast of Ireland, a region known for its potential for the marine renewable energy sector. Technical visits to the research centres leading the offshore energy test infrastructure of the country in Co. Cork and Co. Galway are organised. The main venue and accommodation will be the Burren Outdoor Education Centre, a large centre for outdoor activities in the heart of the wild preserved Burren region in Co. Clare.

Thanks to our sponsors, symposium activities, food, and lodging are free for attendees. However, travel expenses to reach the symposium will not be covered. We will also be able to offer a limited number of travel grants to partially reimburse costs for long-distance attendees with financial need.

This year, the main sponsor of the EU Symposium is SEAI (Sustainable Authority of Ireland) who plays a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.

Science For All

UCC’s public presentation competition Science For All takes place on March 22nd with two MaREI students in the Final.

Engineers Week

Engineers Week takes place from 24th February to 2nd March 2018 with MaREI running a number of events.

UCC Climate Lab 2017 Seminar Series

SEAI/ IEA Bioenergy Symposium

Anaerobic Digestion in the Circular Economy

LEANWIND project closing event

Innovations for LCOE reduction in offshore wind energy – technologies, models and strategies…

Climate Action

A public event in response to the youth climate strike movement.


UCC 6.00-7.30PM



Chaired by Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir, MaREI Centre Director.

A UCC Science Week event run by MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, UCC Green Campus and representatives from the UCC Student Societies. Interactive Q&A sessions involving public representatives ‘listening to the science’ from a panel of climate researchers.

Join us for an interactive evening addressing questions, perceptions and misconceptions about the climate crisis and discussing our transition to a low carbon future.


Join us on November 16th from 17.30 to 19.30 pm at the Firkin Crane, Cork for an innovative evening that will combine dance and engineering!

Energy is the sector that generates the most greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. To reduce these gases we need to remove the carbon from our energy supply. Renewable gas, made from organic sources is one way of doing this.

Professor of Creative Practice at UCC, Jools Gilson, and UCC Engineering Researcher Aoife Long, will lead this dance workshop exploring how renewable gas in Ireland can contribute to a new way of creating and using energy, and how policy will influence how the industry will develop in Ireland. The group will work together to develop a short performance to represent the latest engineering research on the topic.

This workshop is being developed as a pilot format, with the aim of informing future workshops combining dance practice and research. The workshop leads will therefore be observing how participants engage, and also using the evaluation to reflect on the success or otherwise of the event. It is hoped to publish this in an academic journal. Participants will be asked to sign a form consenting to be included in this research and for photos/video to be taken at the event.

This is going to be a fun and informative workshop – no previous experience of dance or engineering is required.

Participants are advised to wear light comfortable clothing and bring their own water. The Firkin Crane has facilities to refill.

This is an over 18’s event


Venue: Firkin Crane Studio 1, Cork

Date: Saturday November 16th

Time: 17.30 – 19.30 Registration from 17.00

Cost: €5



We will be showcasing our research and outreach activities at Seafest

MaRINET2 – Open Applications for short course 7

MaRINET2 launches its 7th short course on offshore renewable energies


After the success of the first courses delivered by the MaRINET2 project consortium, the international project continues to roll out its training program in the offshore renewable energy sector.


In collaboration with MaRINET2, MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, University College Cork (UCC MaREI), the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), and Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TECNALIA), will organize a course entitled “Integrated Tank Testing for the Offshore Renewable Industry”.

The short course will take place at MaREI November 25th to 29th. Deadline for applications is October 10th, 2019.


The short, two to five days long, courses are targeted for industry and academic researchers in the offshore renewable energy sector. Courses are organized and lectured by MaRINET2 project partners, and will focus on three areas: wave, wind and tidal energy.


The topics covered include integrated tank testing, hydrodynamics of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine foundations, reliability and risk analysis of ORE technologies as well as test and verification processes from tanks to the sea.


The courses are aimed at early-stage researchers and postgraduate students, as well as industry and private sector participants. There is no registration fee, and travel & subsistence support is available to early-stage researchers and postgraduate students.


Information on the program, location and duration of the courses is available on the MaRINET2 website, which will be updated whenever there are new details.



MaRINET2 is a €10.5m project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, and coordinated by the MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland) Centre in University College Cork. The project has been set up to accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies by providing free-of-charge access to a network of 57 research facilities across Europe.

MARINCOMP International Symposium

International Symposium on “Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Marine Renewable Energy”, Cork, Ireland, September 1st 2017

A 1-day International Symposium will be held in Cork, Ireland on September 1st, 2017 on the topic of ‘Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Marine Renewable Energy’.  The symposium is being organised by the consortium behind the EU FP7 Marie Curie IAPP project MARINCOMP, led by University College Cork and the University of Edinburgh, and involving partners University of Ulster; Toray Carbon Fibers Europe, ÉireComposites, Suzlon Energy and Scotrenewables Tidal Power.

To book, please follow this link – International Symposium

MaREI supports Volvo Cork Week Clean Regatta

MaREI will be at Volvo Cork Week family day on Sunday July 15th from 12-5pm with outreach resources on our marine research and ocean conservation…

UCC World Water Day Photo Contest

UCC World Water Day Photo Contest is open from 13th February – 11th March, 2018.

MRIA marine renewables emerging technologies Forum

MRIA marine renewables emerging technologies Forum

February 2nd 2018 Dublin

The prospects for Climate Finance in addressing climate change

A free public talk with Dr. Paul Oquist Kelley, Minister for National Policies of the Republic of Nicaragua

SIMCelt Project Closing Event

The MaREI coordinated project, SIMCelt will have its final project meeting on 28/29 November 2017 in Liverpool.

Entrepreneurship Opportunities for PhD’s & Post-Docs

Fri, 17 January 2020, 09:30 – 14:00

Lapp’s Quay Centre for Executive Education Cork


This half-day information session will give an insight into the supports currently available for PhD students and Post-Docs as they progress through their research journey.

Learn about the available career support, opportunities abroad & at home and hear first-hand experience of life from researcher to entrepreneur.

This is also an opportunity to network with PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from other disciplines & departments, and to establish new connections where possible.

Book your FREE ticket HERE

Our speakers include:

Mary O’Regan, HR Research Manager, UCC who will outline the Odyssey Programme, a researcher specific development programme unique to UCC.

Dr. Rich Ferrie, Director of UCC Innovation who will explain the process and opportunities to spin out research and/or technology.

Myriam Cronin, Manager GatewayUCC who will elaborate on the SPRINT Programme, an accelerator programme developed out of GatewayUCC.

Dr. Ed Fagan, SFI Industry Fellow at Ampyx Power who will speak about his recent experience on the I Corps Programme in the US.

Neil Kerrigan – Head of Industry Led Research & Collaboration Programmes & Claire Walsh – Senior Commercialisation Specialist from Enterprise Ireland who will speak about the Commercialisation Fund & other EI supports.

Dr. Wendy OkeCEO of TeachKloud, who has successfully transitioned from researcher to entrepreneur and who has availed of many of the entrepreneurship programmes and supports available in the region.

Lunch & refreshments will be provided.

KETmaritime Workshop

The workshop shall focus on discovering key opportunities for maritime businesses hoping to exploit the latest advances in technology, as well as identify the supports required by businesses to seize advantage of these opportunities. As a result of stronger collaborations and links between KET and maritime sectors, we envisage substantial enhancement in maritime employment and economic growth. However, KETmaritime needs your support and guidance on how to best seize these opportunities.

The workshop will include presentations on case studies developed as part of KETmaritime, showcasing technologies which can directly assist maritime research and development. In addition, speakers from cutting edge maritime tech development will showcase the latest innovations in robotics, marine sensors and provide a glimpse into the upcoming technology drivers and developments in Ireland.

The event would be of interest to both SMEs and larger companies/institutes who are interested in learning about Key Enabling Technologies that can transform their business and enable growth.

Date and time: 26/09/2019, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Venue: MaREI, Cork, Ireland

Registration:  KETmaritime



Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

Would you like the opportunity to discuss your wind energy research with a multidisciplinary audience?

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival


WiseMovement: Dance Workshop with Inma Pavon and Aoife Long

Monday March 30th 2020, 19.00 – 20.30 Firkin Crane Cork

Join us for a fun and informative evening combining engineering research with dance and movement practice. No previous experience of either is required! This workshop will use gentle and creative movement exercises to explore different possible forms of renewable energy in Ireland. Visual tools and teamwork exercises will be used to encourage each participants creativity and understanding of the topic. Participants are advised to wear light comfortable clothing and bring their own water. While the event is aimed at adults, children are welcome if accompanied.


This workshop is being developed as a pilot format, to inform future workshops combining dance practice and research. The workshop leads will be observing participants, and evaluating the event, with the aim of publishing. All participants will be asked to sign a form consenting to be included in this research, with the option to remove themselves at any time.


To book contact



Cork Science Festival opens with a bang on Sunday 11 November at ‘Celebrate Science’ in UCC’s Western Gateway Building with over 75 interactive workshops, exhibits and talks on science in our every day lives…

Marine Energy Alliance – 2nd Call for Applications is open

The Second Call for Applications of the Marine Energy Alliance (MEA) has opened.

Are you looking for support? Get yourself prepared to join this call. MEA aims to progress the technical and commercial maturity level of early-stage (TRL 3 – 4) marine energy technology companies with the overall goal of reducing the risk of device failure in subsequent demonstration phases.

The deadline to submit your Expression of Interest is Friday, February 14, 2020 at 17:00 (CET). Any applications received after that exact date and time will not be considered eligible.

Successful applicants passing the first stage are informed on the 2nd of March 2020 and will be sent a Request for Information in Stage 2.

For the applicants:

Here is a guidance document

The application form

Tailored services to support you

During the first call 22 companies were awarded and MEA is very much looking forward to new companies joining the alliance. Via MEA, selected marine energy technology companies will receive a suite of tailored expert services that will enable them to realize their ambitions and, more broadly, contribute to the coherent growth of the marine energy industry in general. MEA is a 4 year European Territorial Cooperation project running from May 2018 to May 2022.

The project has a total budget of €6 million and is supported by Interreg North West Europe, who provides €3.6 million of ERDF funding.

Through participation in MEA, companies will gain access to the project partners’ world-leading expertise in marine energy development. Awarded companies will have the chance to work closely together with a transnational team of marine energy experts on both the technical advancement of their technology, as well as the development of their commercial strategy and business plans.

Each service offer is intended to put the company’s technology and business firmly on the road towards successful commercialization.

More on MEA

The MEA consortium consists of 9 organizations from France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The MEA partnership is supported by 14 Associated Partners. These Associated Partners include regional development agencies, innovation clusters, expert marine energy organizations and industry associates from the North-West Europe region.

These organizations will assist the partnership in service delivery, while additionally widening outreach and stimulating cross-sectoral collaboration for the duration of the MEA project.

Cork Science Festival

Cork Science Festival is a 10 day celebration of science with something for all ages through a programme of exciting and engaging events…

Collaboration Opportunities for a Thriving Maritime Economy


You can book your FREE ticket here 


The Maritime Economy of Ireland has huge potential. In order to realise this potential, it is important to recognise that people and organisations collaborating towards a common goal will always generate better results than working in isolation.

This event is about finding opportunities to collaborate and opportunities to drive business development.

You are invited to participate in conversations, hear and share information and ideas in an area of particular interest to you. Please choose one of the topic areas below;

Topic 1

“International Shipping Services, Industry Clusters, and Innovation –a strategy incorporating all three to deliver scale, impact and business growth. What would it look like?”

Topic 2

“Startup Forum – What are the live business opportunities for Maritime and Technology Start-ups and who is here to help?” and

“Learning from Space – Opportunities that exist for Maritime Businesses to use Space Technology, Data & Supports to drive new business development”

Topic 3

“A strategy to make the Irish Marine Industry Network a more Business Generating, Industry Led and Sustainable success”

Topic 4

“Re-imagining Communication in the Triple Helix Model of Innovation – How can we improve communication and linkages between those with Technology, Research, and Business Needs in the Maritime Economy”


9.00 – 9.30 Registration

9.30 – 10.15 Event Intro – Marc Sedam – Collaboration, Scale and Impact – Main Banking Hall – All attendees

10.15 – 10.45 Overview introductions to the 4 Topics – Main Banking Hall – All attendees

11.00 – 13.00 Round table discussions – Boardroom/Meeting rooms – Topics 1, 3 & 4

Presentations and Panel Discussions – Main Banking Hall – Start Up Topic 2

Topic discussions run in parallel.

13.00 – 14.00 Networking lunch – All attendees

14.00 – 15.00 Discussion Outcomes Overview x 4 – Main Banking Hall – All attendees

15.00 – 16.00 Opportunities for follow on discussions/ meetings/ private meetings etc.


Marc Sedam will facilitate the day with assigned facilitators in each round table group to provide some structure.

Limited places are available for each topic.

There will be lots of opportunity to network with people from across all topics during the day.

Refreshments and a light lunch provided.

Inspiring Women in Energy and Climate

March 10th, 5.30 pm, UCC

Engineers and scientists are at the forefront of making our energy consumption sustainable and safe. As part of International Women’s Day, this event will feature inspiring women from across industry, academia and public service who are dedicating their careers to making energy sustainable and to developing solutions to climate change.

All are invited to attend.


Plastic Pollution: Community Action

MaREI and Clean Coasts are hosting a community event addressing the plague of plastics on June 6th as part of Cork Harbour Festival…

MRIA Forum

MaREI will be at the 8th Annual MRIA Ocean Energy Forum on Feb 3rd, showcasing the latest research and case studies of collaboration with industry partners.

2017 Maynooth Wave Energy Workshop

A wave energy workshop will be held in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth on Friday the 20th of January, 2017

International Energy Conference in Ireland Walks the Walk on Climate Action

The first week of June in 2016 bore witness to the 35th annual International Energy Workshop (IEW) hosted in Ireland’s own University College Cork.

Different Perspectives on the Energy Transition

The Environmental Research Institute hosted a joint seminar with the University of FH Burgenland, Austria on Friday, November 4th on Different Perspectives on the Energy Transition.

MaREI at family events during Cork Science Festival

Its that time again, Cork Science Festival returns. This year is bigger and better than ever, with MaREI involved in two day events, suitable for all the family…

Cork Climathon 2016 Launched

The ERI and Energy Cork have launched the 2016 Cork Climathon to take place on the 28th October in Cork.

IEA Bioenergy International Webinar Series (June 2nd, 2016)

MaREI’s Interim Director, Prof. Jerry D. Murphy, currently sits as the Task Leader for IEA Bioenergy Task 37, and will present a webinar entitled ‘Green Gas’ on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016.

International Energy Workshop at UCC (June 1st, 2016)

MaREI researchers at the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, have been involved in organising the 35th International Energy Workshop, which will take place at UCC on June 1st-3rd.

Climate Adaptation Workshops

The Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy are running a series of regional adaptation training workshops in September and October for Local Authority staff…

SeaFest 2015 (July 10th-11th, 2015)

Join MaREI for free family fun and festivities at SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival!

MaREI’s Prof. Tony Lewis Honoured at Symposium (March 1st, 2016)

Global leaders in the field of marine renewable energy were in Cork on February 29th and March 1st to attend a 2-day symposium in honour of the ‘father of ocean energy’, MaREI’s Prof. Tony Lewis.

Beaufort Building to Officially Open (July 3rd, 2015)

MaREI’s new headquarters at University College Cork’s (UCC) Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, will officially open on the 11th July 2015…

Discover Oceans of Energy

The MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy hosted a festival ‘discovery day’ event on Sunday, June 5th as part of the Cork Harbour Open Festival…

UCC to host EWTEC 2017

The European Wave and Energy Tidal Conference (EWTEC) 2017 will be held at University College Cork, Ireland from 27th August…

The Underwater Battle of the Robots

The Irish Naval Service were announced as the winning team of the IMERC Mechathon which took place in the Lir National Ocean Test Facility in the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy…