Coimbra Group Annual Conference 2013, 22nd to 24th May 2013
President's Welcome

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of National University of Ireland, Galway I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Coimbra Annual Conference 2013 which will be held on our campus from 22-24 May 2013.

The theme of this year’s conference is Creativity, Research and Innovation in Universities.  As you will see, we can look forward to a stimulating conference programme, as well as a visit to the Burren - one of Europe’s most unique and inspiring landscapes.

NUI Galway has been a proud member of the Coimbra Group since its inception.  We last hosted the Coimbra Group annual conference in 1988, exactly twenty-five years ago.  We are delighted to extend a ceád míle fáilte or ‘hundred thousand welcomes’ to delegates from the Coimbra Group to Galway in 2013.

This year the Irish government has established The Gathering 2013 as an initiative to welcome visitors from all over the globe to Ireland throughout 2013.  In this spirit, we invite the Coimbra Group to gather in Galway and to explore the theme of Creativity, Research and Innovation in Universities here in the West of Ireland – home to writers, artists and innovators for generations.
I look forward to welcoming you to NUI Galway.

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James J. Browne PhD, DSc, MRIA, C.Eng
Uachtarán - President