University College Dublin (UCD)

O’Brien Centre for Science and O’Reilly Hall

UCD is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.


The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares and offers world-leading facilities

The best of contemporary architecture and Irish art have created O’Reilly Hall. Within the imposing facade is one of Ireland’s largest and most prestigious venues. O’Reilly Hall, encompassing an area of 2,632 square meters, was designed by renowned architects Scott Tallon Walker.


The airy conservatory overlooking the campus lake is used for receptions or as an assembly area. Along the walls of the hall itself are paintings commissioned from Irish Artists. With versatile seating for over 1,000 people and complete sound proofing the O’Reilly Hall is ideal for major conferences, concerts, gala dinners, product launches & exhibitions. All areas are fully accessible by wheelchair.


The Plenary Sessions for SEFS 12 will take place in The O’Reilly Hall with Breakout Sessions, along with the Industry Exhibitions, Posters and Catering taking place in the adjacent O’Brien Centre for Science. The O’Brien Centre for Science is a stunning facility opened in 2014 which allows ample space for the hosting of such a large event and interactive learning rooms for
breakout sessions.