A debate is being held on Tuesday March 6th 2012 in the Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway, between experts, reflecting the central role that organisers believe energy must play in the economic recovery of Ireland.

NUI Galway Energy Night 2012: "Putting Energy To Work for Ireland"

Experts from the fields of business, enterprise and investment, innovation and energy technology will come together to debate “Putting Energy to Work for Ireland” on Tuesday March 6th 2012 in the Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway. This student-run event is the only one of its kind in Ireland, and it reflects the central role the organisers believe energy must play in the economic recovery of Ireland. This is the second year NUIG Energy Night has been held and it is organised by the universities’ Chemistry, Energy and Physics Societies. Last year's event was a huge success and featured a lively and often animated debate among panellists from RTÉ, SEAI, IBEC, Siemens Ireland and NUI Galway.

This year’s event will open at 2 p.m in the Bailey Allen Hall with a Career and Industry Fair featuring 24 of Ireland's most prominent energy employers. The week prior to Energy Night, in conjunction with the Career Development Centre at NUI Galway and during Engineers Week, the organisers will run targeted CV and professional development workshops for careers in the energy sector. The Career and Industry Fair will run concurrently with a Poster Showcase highlighting the rich, cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary energy research currently being undertaken by students in Irish universities. With presenters working in areas such as biofuels, wave energy, smart buildings, smart grids and data efficiency the Career and Industry Fair and Research Showcase will provide an invaluable opportunity for students, academics and business people from around the country to network, exchange thoughts and ideas and to perhaps set up new and exciting collaborations.

At 6 p.m the centrepiece of NUIG Energy Night, the Panel Discussion entitled “Putting Energy to Work for Ireland” will commence. In the course of the discussion, questions such as “How best can Ireland leverage its abundant innovative spirit, entrepreneurial vision and natural resources to secure a clean, affordable energy future and a sustainable economic recovery?” will be addressed. RTÉ’s “The Business” presenter George Lee will moderate the discussion that features CEOs and founders of Irish companies that are hugely successful at home at abroad including Gabriel D’Arcy CEO of Bord na Móna, Norman Crowley founder of Crowley Carbon and Brian O’Cathain CEO of Petroceltic. The panel also features serial entrepreneur George Polk who has worked with Richard Branson and George Soros and Cleantech Divisional Manager with Enterprise Ireland Tom Kelly.

The event is open to all members of the public...