Date: Friday, March 8, 2024 - Saturday, March 9, 2024

The University of Limerick School of Medicine organising team with their collaborators, the Mid-West GP Training Scheme and the Irish College of General Practitioners, are delighted to announce the hosting of the AUDGPI ICGP Joint Annual Scientific Conference for 2024. This conference will be held in person in the University of Limerick beautiful parkland Campus on the 8th and 9th of March 2024.

The Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland (AUDGPI) is a national organisation representing academics and clinicians in Primary Care in Ireland. This was established in 1997 to promote excellence in academic general practice and supported by the seven academic departments of general practice in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

AUDGPI aims to support the development of teaching and research within Irish academic general practice and primary care for the benefit of patients, practitioners, educators and researchers in Ireland. This conference gives a platform where the best Irish and International General Practice and Primary Healthcare research can be presented and debated. 

The conference theme for 2024 is "Connecting with communities at the edge". We believe passionately that by people coming together and working together and sharing ideas, we can help improve the health of all communities who are ‘living at the edge’. In one way all communities are living at the edge-as access to treatment, cost of treatment, and healthcare staff recruitment and retention, continue to be barriers to optimal healthcare for communities internationally. Some communities are at the geographical edge, others at the financial edge, more at the edge because of stigma and social exclusion, and all of us are at the edge of sustainability, where we are now questioning our relationship with the planet and the natural world. 

The main objectives of this conference is to:  

  1. Create a safe space for the presentation of scientific work in the field of general practice, primary care, public health, and wider social and
  2. Allow opportunities for the creation of collaborative links between academics and healthcare and social care practitioners. 

The AUDGPI-ICGP conference is accredited for ICGP Continuous Professional Development credits.

ICGP Reference: ARN348577

Fri Mar 8, 2024 = 8 CPD credit +1 day GMS study leave.
Sat Mar 9, 2024 = 4.5 CPD credits +0.5 day GMS study leave.

Keynote Speakers


Professor Maria van den Muijsenbergh, General Practitioner; Chair of the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC); member of the Dutch health Council, the quality council of the Dutch National Healthcare Institute and the scientific committee of the WHO Healthy cities programme.

Prof. Dr. Maria van den Muijsenbergh was a general practitioner for 40 years and professor in Health disparities and person centred integrated primary care at the department of Primary and Community care at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  She is also the chair of the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC). As such she is involved in interprofessional research, teaching and policy activities that focus on strengthening primary care and on the possible contribution of Primary Care in reducing existing socio-economic and ethnic health disparities, so how primary care best can be tailored to the needs of socially vulnerable patients, like migrants or persons with limited health literacy. To achieve equity, a strong person centred, population oriented integrated affordable primary care is required, involving interprofessional collaboration between healthcare, social care, public health and civil society.

She is member of several health policy organisations as the Dutch health Council and the quality council of the Dutch National healthcare Institute and the scientific committee of the WHO Healthy cities programme. 

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Eoin Warner, Naturalist and wildlife documentary presenter will speak about ‘The Natural World - Healing the Disconnect’

Naturalist Eoin Warner is a wildlife documentary presenter in both the Irish and English languages and has presented some of Ireland’s foremost nature documentaries in recent years. In 2017 he was awarded two national media prizes for his work on “Éire Fhiáin”. He has co-presented on the English language documentary “A wild Irish Year” and recently completed an internationally broadcast three-hour series titled “Ireland’s Wild Islands”. Eoin is currently working on a natural history documentary on the Burren.

Eoin grew up by the Atlantic Ocean outside Bantry in West Cork and now lives in Galway. He is an avid free-diver and loves nothing more than to be in, on or under the sea. Eoin has travelled extensively to explore our wildest places from Botswana to Antarctica and has a keen sense of our ecological responsibilities.

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Dr Sharon Lambert, School of Applied Psychology, UCC, will speak about 'Social Inclusion in Service, Research and Teaching'

Dr Sharon Lambert is a senior lecturer who joined the teaching staff in the School of Applied Psychology UCC following a number of years working within community based settings that provided supports to socially excluded groups. Sharon’s research interests revolve primarily around the impact of psychological trauma on development, its link with homelessness, substance dependence and mental health, and consequent considerations for service design and delivery. Sharon has particular academic and applied expertise with trauma aware, trauma sensitive and trauma informed service design projects. Sharon regularly provides guidance to national and international organisations on designing and delivering trauma aware services, policies and practices.

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Dr Sean Owens, GP in practice in Co. Louth, will participate on the Planetary Health Panel

Dr Sean Owens is a full-time GP in practice in Co. Louth. Sean has an interest in lifestyle medicine, sustainable diets and planetary health. Hailing from County Down, Sean initially studied pharmacy at Queens University Belfast before electing to study graduate entry medicine in UCD Dublin, 2010-2014. Sean is a member of the Irish Society of Lifestyle Medicine and Irish Doctors for the Environment. He also chairs the ICGP Sustainability and Planetary Health working group, who published the Glas toolkit for making primary care more sustainable on Earth Day 2023. In 2024 we was invited to chair the Irish Climate and Health Alliance.

Presentation Information: 

Oral presentations - format


  • Oral presentations should not exceed 8 minutes duration.
  • Presentations will be followed by 2 minutes for question and answers.
  • Each oral presenter will hear a bell sound at 7 minutes as a reminder to conclude within 8-minutes.


Oral presentation – what is needed.


  • Presenters are asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The presentation should be sent to before Friday 1st March.
  • Please bring a copy of the presentation on a USB with you as a back-up.

Rapid-fire presentations – format


  • Rapid fire presentations should be 3-4 minutes in duration.
  • Presentations will be followed by 1 minute for question and answers.
  • Each rapid-fire presenter will hear a bell sound at three minutes as a reminder to conclude within 4-minutes.

Rapid fire presentations – what is needed.


  • You may prepare a PowerPoint presentation or can opt to present without slides.
  • If using a PowerPoint presentation, please do not exceed 3 slides (this includes the introduction/title etc. slide)
  • Please send the presentation to before Friday 23rd February.
  • Please bring a copy of the presentation on a USB with you as a back-up.


Poster Presentations – format


  • All posters must be in portrait (not landscape) format.
  • All posters must be A0 in size.
  • The A0 paper size is 841 mm x 1189 mm or 33.1 inches x 46.8 inches.
  • Please bring your poster with you at registration on the morning of your presentation and you will be shown where to place it.

Poster Presentations – what is needed.


  • All poster presenters will be assigned a timeslot to present their posters.
  • We ask presenters to stand by their posters as members of the conference organising team will circulate to listen to the presentations.
  • Poster presenters are asked to talk through their poster in 2 minutes followed by 1 minute of questions and answers.


Workshops- format


  • Workshops are 55 minutes in duration and format as per your abstract.


Workshops- what is needed.


  • You many bring your own props on the day and if using a PowerPoint please bring this with you.


Full Programme to follow.

Registration is now open in the Eventbrite page - Registration deadline 28th February:…


  • 2 days general admission - Early bird - €170
  • 2 days general admission - after February13 - €190
  • 1 day tickets - €120
  • General Practice Trainee - €75
  • Student tickets - must register with student email - €25
  • Conference dinner (optional - Friday evening) - €55
  • Five free student places have been allocated to each of the 8 Schools of Medicine on the Island of Ireland.
  • You can contact your own school to enquire about these places.
  • Students from UL School of Medicine can contact to enquire.


Accommodation options:

Kilmurry Lodge Hotel(conference dinner venue)

March 8, 2024 Bed & Breakfast (Per Room) rates: Single Occupancy €165.00; Double Occupancy €179.00; Twin Occupancy €189.00.
Guests can book and pay directly using the promo code: AUDGPI24 or via this link

Castletroy Park Hotel

March 7 and 8, 2024 bed & breakfast rate €114. 

Guests can book the rooms directly at or phone 061 33 55 66 (option 1 – Bedroom Reservations) preferably between 8.30am and 5.30pm and give the reference number 507220 to get the discount rate at €114 bed & breakfast single occupancy.  

Travelodge Castletroy 

March 8, 2024 via rate €129 approximately room only. 

Via website rate €162 room only 

Delish in Castletroy serves breakfast from 8am 

Castle Oaks Hotel 

March 8, 2024 bed & breakfast rate €139 



General enquires send email:

Venue and Parking

Venue: School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Limerick, V94 T9PX, Ireland +353 (0)61 202700

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Travelling to UL by bus

  • Dublin Coach via Route 300 M7 Express: Dublin – Limerick – Ennis – Killarney which stops at the University of Limerick (online booking offers discounts & guaranteed seats)
  • Bus Éireann Main Limerick City Centre bus service (allows Leap Card us) 304 & 304A are the main buses for in and out of UL.
  • Above buses stop at the Student Centre in UL (#16 on the campus map)
  • Midlands to Limerick Route 72 bus goes from Limerick bus station to Athlone bus station, the Hurlers bus stop is a 15 minute walk to UL.
  • Cork – Limerick – Galway Route 51 stops at Cork/Limerick/Galway bus stations.

Travelling to UL by bus

  • Iarnród Éireann Colbert Station is Limerick’s local station and is in the City Centre.
  • The 304 / 304A bus service goes from Colbert Station to UL

Travelling to UL by taxi

  • Free Now (mytaxi) is an app you can download on your phone for booking taxis
  • Plassey Cabs – 061 336 336
  • Treaty Cabs – 061 415 544
  • Limerick Taxis – Book online or call 061 417 417 / 061 31 88 44


The conference venue is the School of Medicine (P34) and the Pavilion Restaurant (P36).

Free parking is available past the Pavilion Restaurant in car parks P26 and P27.

UL Campus Map