Event: EBAN Cork 2022

Location: Páric Uí Chaoimh

Date: 18th – 19th May 2022


The EBAN Annual Congress  is widely recognised as one of Europe’s largest international private investment & entrepreneurship events. The main EBAN Congress will run over 2 days, including Investor Led Workshops, Keynotes, pitching sessions, round table workshops etc.

EBAN Cork 2022 taking place in Cork in, Ireland is about People with a Purpose and Passion about Investing and Entrepreneurship collaborating together, learning from best practice to grow and succeed in the New Economy.

Cork Convention Bureau worked with the local organisers at the bid stage creating promotional material and helping with venue proposals and funding.  Announced at an event in Brussels in November 2019, it was revealed that Cork would host the EBAN 2020 Congress welcoming more than 300 business leaders, early-stage investors, business angels, VCs, entrepreneurs, accelerators, seed funds and start-ups to Cork.

EBAN Cork 2022 will feature a series of insightful keynote speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities, seminars and workshops. Investor and entrepreneur-led workshops will celebrate the benefits and advantages of collaboration between investors and entrepreneurs.

The panel discussions planned will explore topics such as impact investing and cross-border investments, focusing on leadership and authenticity, whilst the breakout sessions will challenge how new technology in the spheres of the life sciences, space, cybersecurity, agriculture, maritime and blockchain can shape the future.

Previously held in Helsinki, Malaga and Sofia, this annual event frequently attracts delegates from across the world who look forward to learning from and engaging with experienced company founders, entrepreneurs, successful investors and trailblazers in the start-up and scale-up arena.

More Info: https://ebancongress.com/

Event: Wind Energy Science Conference (WESC)

Location: University College Cork

Date: 16th – 20th June 2019

Delegates: 800

Conference Value: €1,280,000

In 2019, Cork hosted The Wind Energy Science Conference (WESC), which was the largest scientific conference ever held in Cork, with 800 international delegates attending 70 talks over 4 days on the UCC campus. Which equates to a total value of over €1.2 million for the local economy.

The 2019 WESC was the first time this biennial conference had taken place outside mainland Europe and it also managed to more than double the number of delegates by restructuring the conference, broadening its themes, and tapping into strong academic networks across Europe. The ground-breaking research being carried out by UCC and Ireland as a destination were also huge selling points for the international delegates.


On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Cian Desmond said:

“WESC 2019 stands out as a landmark conference in the wind energy science world. I feel that a large part of this success was down to Cork as a destination. The quality of venues, the welcome and the craic live long in the memories of all delegates.”


Event: Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) Convention

Location: Cork City Hall

Date: 5th – 7th October 2018

Delegates: 658

Conference Value: €1,052,800

In 2018, IABS was held in Cork for the 3rd successive year bringing visitors from all around the globe to see performances in Cork City Hall.

On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Liz Nolan said:

“Cork is a naturally friendly city, so, orchestrating an International Event here is an enriching experience for organisers and participants. As an Ambassador for Cork you feel part of a larger supportive team who are always there to advise and support you. The Cork Convention Bureau has, been ‘my rock’ on such occasions.”


Event: 58th European Regional Science Association Congress

Location: University College Cork

Date: 28th – 31st August 2018

Delegates: 750

Conference Value: €1,200,000

In 2018, the 58th ERSA Congress “Places for People: Innovative, Inclusive and liveable Regions” took place in Cork Ireland.

The Congress was co-organised with the Regional Science Association International – British and Irish Section and took place at the University College Cork. The British and Irish Section has organised European Congresses on several previous occasions: Liverpool (2008), Dublin (1999), Cambridge (1989) and London (1979).


On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Declan Jordan said:

“Organising a conference is a great way to build international networks and in Cork we have great facilities, memorable social events, and supports to maximise the impact for delegates, organisers, and the city itself.”


Event: The European Grassland Federation (EGF) 2018 General Meeting

Location: Rochestown Park Hotel

Date: 17th – 21st June 2018

Delegates: 450

Conference Value: €720,000

In 2018, the EGF was hosted by Teagasc in Cork Ireland. This was the 27th General meeting and offered delegates first hand opportunities to see and experience dairy, beef and sheep production from grassland. Ruminant agriculture in Ireland is a major contributor to the Irish economy and is strongly export based. Irish agriculture prides itself on its green image from high quality produce originating from grazed pasture. The event had a mix of master classes, visits to farms and to the Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre along with many conference papers.


On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Deirdre Hennessy said:

“Cork is an ideal location to host a conference with great conference facilities, an excellent range of accommodation for delegates, great food and an excellent cultural experience.”



Event: UNESCO 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities 2017

Location: Cork City Hall

Date: 18th – 20th September 2017

Delegates: 700

Conference Value: €1,120,000

In 2017 Cork was chosen by UNESCO as the location to host its International Conference on Learning Cities – the first time this prestigious conference has been held in Europe. Securing this conference for Cork will further enhance Ireland’s reputation internationally in the field of education and also strengthens Cork’s reputation as a Learning City.

Cork’s reputation as a city of lifelong learning is given international recognition in hosting this global event. Securing the conference was a competitive process, and key determining factors in Cork’s winning bid were its long standing record in developing education within the wider community and the success of its annual Lifelong Learning Festival.

This conference brought approximately 700 delegates from over 95 countries to Cork (including Ministers, mayors, representatives of national governments and cities and other key international decision-makers and influencers) to share knowledge and experiences in building inclusive and sustainable learning cities. The reputational benefits to Ireland of hosting the UNESCO conference will not only support efforts to recruit international students, but can also help attract and retain the skilled workers needed to support continued economic growth.

Event: NeuroGASTRO 2017

Location:University College Cork

Date: 24th – 26th August 2017

Delegates: 470

Conference Value: €752,000

In 2017 APC Microbiome Ireland hosted a festival of neurogastroenterology in University College Cork, culminating with NeuroGASTRO 2017 (August 24-26th), the flagship conference of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. This saw an influx of over 470 delegates from all across Europe and indeed worldwide to Cork City and provided an important forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research in the company of leading investigators in the field of neurogastroenterology.

The NeuroGASTRO 2017 meeting, is a well-established European event that brings together leading experts in this field, this was secured by the local organisers and investigators in the APC Microbiome Ireland, Dr Niall Hyland and Dr Gerard Clarke, who brought the conference to Ireland for the first time. The meeting included a sparkling programme of the latest research in neurogastroenterology and motility discussed in over 60 oral and 200 poster presentations across the 3 days of the meeting.


On holding the event in Cork, Conference Ambassador Dr. Hyland said:

“We appreciate the great support at all stages along the way in securing this prestigious conference, from the bid stage to delivery and that includes the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, UCC Conferencing, Cork Convention Bureau, Failte Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland who have generously sponsored the meeting.

The support from the Cork Convention Bureau was crucial in ensuring the success of NeuroGASTRO 2017 at every stage of the process, from bid stage to successfully hosting the event in Cork. The global recognition of APC Microbiome Ireland at UCC and Cork as a global hub for microbiome research was fundamental in attracting NeuroGASTRO to the city, coupled with the culture and accessibility of Cork.”


On the legacy of the conference, Dr. Clarke added:

“When we meet NeuroGASTRO 2017 delegates on our own travels, it is clear that what made the conference most memorable was the unique experiences and hospitality that only Cork offers, and the warmth of the welcome they received.”


Highlights of the NeuroGASTRO meeting itself included plenary lectures from prominent local research stars such as Prof John F Cryan as well as leading international experts Prof Jan Tack (Rome Foundation and University Hospital KU Leuven) and Dr Kirsteen Browning (Penn State University). This is in addition to a satellite event organised by Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, the NeuroGASTRO TANDEM meeting, which was designed to foster the European collaboration of basic and clinical scientists and practitioners in neurogastroenterology from Europe.

More information can be found through this link: https://apc.ucc.ie/apc-hosts-festival-neurogastroenterology/

And for videos from the conference click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3quGfTH4UXzdMVAA1gV009M9T2SESJ_9