2017 - 10th World Sponge Conference, June 25-30
Social Programme

Galway is known as one of the most hospitable and entertaining cities in Ireland and has recently been shortlisted as European Capital Culture for 2020, testament to its cultural vibrancy and ability to host and entertain. We have put together a very exciting social programme for our fellow spongers.

Monday, June 26 2017

Evening Reception in the College Bar, NUI Galway with live band.... wait for it,  "My Fellow Sponges" performing! 

Tuesday June 27 2017

Poster session & Evening Reception on campus.

Thursday, June 29 2017

Gala dinner with live Irish traditional music and dancing in the exclusive 4 star Meyrick Hotel. This event is booked on first- come first -served basis as there is limited number of tickets available.  Tickets @ €45.00 per person bookable when registering.

Saturday, 1st July 2017

Excursions to Connemara & the Burren

SeaFest 2017 

The marine festival SeaFest 2017 runs from June 30th to July 2nd in Galway, incorporating a series of marine-related business and research events, the Annual Our Ocean Wealth Summit, as well as a maritime festival running over the weekend. SeaFest showcases Ireland’s abundant maritime resources – raising awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea and also celebrating our proud maritime heritage.

The Marine Institute co-ordinates SeaFest on behalf of the cross-government Marine Coordination Group, working together with a wide range of agencies and organisations.

Saturday, July 1st  - Diving Excursion

Christine Morrow, of the Organising Committee is organising a post-conference diving excursion. Due to limited availability, this excursion is booked on first- come first -served basis.  If you are interested in the excursion, please contact Christine Morrow on christinemorrow@gmail.com

 Please note variations to social programme may occur on confirmation of number of delegate attending.