IET Conference on the History of Technology

September 21, 2019, Dublin, Ireland

The IET History of Technology Network will be holding its 41st Weekend History Conference at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Saturday 21st September. This event is being held in conjunction with the 45th European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2019) which will be centred in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), a few minutes’ walk from The Clayton Hotel.

The island of Ireland has a rich heritage of ingenuity and inventiveness and offers a wealth of fascinating research and study of interest to practising engineers, heritage and museum professionals, historians, archivists, and the general public alike.

Today Ireland has one of Europe’s leading research centres in ICT hardware and systems and is leader in dairy science and medical devices research.  2019 also happens to be the centenaries of the first East-West voice-over radio-call made by Marconi from Ballybunion, Co Kerry, and the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown who landed on the west of Ireland near to the Marconi wireless station at Clifton, Co Galway.

The objective of this conference is to highlight Ireland’s diverse heritage of innovation, north and south. We have some fascinating contributions ranging from the development of Optical Fibre Systems to the story of Belfast’s Plane Builders and much more as detailed in the programme below.

Why not use this History of Technology conference as an excuse to spend a weekend in Dublin’s Fair City, there are over 85 daily flights between the UK and Dublin in fact London to Dublin is the busiest route in Europe and the second busiest in the world. There is also range of ferry services from the UK to Ireland, north and south. So there are plenty of travel options to Ireland.

Complimentary tea/coffee and a light lunch will be provided.

This event is free to attend but places are limited. Delegates must register via Anne Locker, Manager IET of the History of Technology Network (

For further details, see here.

Posted: September 13, 2019