Conference 2018

Virtual Heritage Network: Ireland 2018

VHN Ireland Conference, 11-13 April 2018
Hosted by the School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD

 The 2018 (VHN) conference will be hosted by the School of Information and Communication Studies, UCD and co-sponsored by the Digital Repository of Ireland. VHN 2018 will be held at The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, from Thursday 12th April – Friday 13th April 2018, with a workshop to be held on Wednesday 11th April at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies. VHN Ireland aims to bring together people who work for the support, improvement and promotion of virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond across the academic, business, education, cultural heritage, policy, and tourism sectors. It welcomes people from a diverse range of backgrounds including archaeology, cultural studies, social sciences, arts, humanities, conservation, education, engineering, computer science, business, and industry. We particularly welcome international researchers and professionals who work on Virtual Heritage outside Ireland.


What is Virtual Heritage?

Virtual refers to computer-generated visualisations having three or more dimensions regardless of the method used to produce them (e.g. modelling, photogrammetry, scanning, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, virtual/augmented reality, RTI etc.). Heritage refers to tangible objects, such as cultural heritage sites, monuments and artefacts, as well as intangible elements, such as performing arts, social and ritual practices, knowledge and skills.


Objectives of VHN Ireland 

  • To make connections between people from a variety of sectors in Ireland and beyond who share an active interest in virtual heritage;
  • To encourage and support the carrying out of virtual heritage activities of the highest international standards;
  • To promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond;
  • To undertake any other activity that benefits virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond.


Registration Fees

Registration fees (full: €50 / DRI member: €40 / unemployed/low income/student: €25) include attendance at conference sessions, conference bags, coffee breaks, lunch on both days, and one year membership at VHN: Ireland. Registration fees do not include the conference dinner (optional), accommodation, and workshop attendance. Participation to the Managing Small Archaeological collections workshop co-hosted by COST Arkwork (see below) costs €20. Registration is open at Eventbrite

As a conference co-sponsor, VHN is pleased to offer those associated with DRI member institutions a preferential rate. ALL DRI members may register for the DRI member rate of €40 until the registration closing date. Twenty registrations (nearly 1/6 of total registrations available) will be held exclusively for DRI members until March 15th. After this date, the registrations will be released to the general public. For a list of DRI member institutions, please see the DRI organisations page.

VHN: Ireland 2018 intends to provide a limited number of bursaries to support students, jobseekers and unemployed researchers to participate in the conference. These opportunities will be announced at a later date.


Pre-Conference Workshop

Sponsored by COST Arkwork, VHN: Ireland 2018 will organise a pre-conference workshop on the topic of managing small archaeological collections on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies. Click HERE more information and links to registration.



VHN: Ireland 2018 will provide a number of bursaries to students, jobseekers, and unemployed researchers to attend or present their work at the conference. These will cover the registration fees but subject to adequate resources they may also contribute to or cover travelling and accommodation. If you are interested in one of the bursaries please ‘tick’ the relevant box in the form of submission and attach one document that will include 1)1 pg. cover letter; 2) 2 page CV; 3) budget for travelling and accommodation. In case you will not present at the conference but you would still like to be considered for a registration fee waiver to attend the conference and/or workshop, please send us an email with a cover letter and CV attached to by 1 February 2018 and put in the subject line: VHN Bursaries.


Call for Exhibitors

VHN: Ireland 2018 invites businesses and industries that would like to promote and demonstrate their work and/or products and services for a small fee during the conference at the Royal Irish Academy on 12-13 April 2018. VHN: Ireland 2018 can provide the following:

  • Space to set your promotional stall.
  • Include flyers or other promotional material (bookmarks, pens etc.) in the conference bag.
  • Acknowledge your sponsorship to all our members via e-mail and social media.
  • Acknowledge your sponsorship to all visitors of our website and also include your logo in a special section of the website.
  • To include the logo of your company in the publication that will come out a few months after the conference.

If you are interested in a collaboration with VHN: Ireland 2018 please send an email to with the subject line ‘VHN Exhibitors’ by 1 March 2018.


Key Dates

2 February 2018 Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals and Bursaries
1 March 2018 Registration Opens (Conference & Workshop)
30 March 2018 Registration for Workshop Closes (limited numbers)
16 February 2018 Notification of Acceptance to the Conference
16 February 2018 Notification of grant recipients
31 March 2018 Registration for Conference Closes
20 March 2018 Deadline for Exhibitors/ Demonstrators
11 April 2018 Workshop Date
12-13 April 2018 Conference Dates


Website & Social Media

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We look forward to welcoming you at the Royal Irish Academy in April

The Organising Committee of VHN: Ireland 2018