The local school of engineering and informatics organised a “research day”, which I attended. They booked a nice conference room in a glamourous hotel on the beach of Salthill (not far away from my current home). There were some quite interesting talks about scientific publications, and a few other less interesting talks. But I had mainly come to see the posters of the Ph.D. students. Around 1/3 of the posters was from DERI (to tell the university that they deserve funding), and this indeed helped me to have some good discussions with people. I wonder why there is no such thing at our university, maybe because it is too small?