Connecting Research

The 4th Insight Student Conference will take place on September 8, 2017 in the Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Ireland. The theme of the conference is “Connecting the Centres” and the goals are to:

  • Provide an overview of the research in the different Insight centres across Ireland
  • Give students an opportunity to participate in the reviewing process.

Keynote Address

The Cyber Effect: the Impact of Technology on Humankind

Cyberpsychology is the study of the impact of technology on human behaviour, over 30 peer-reviewed journals now publish in this area - currently generating over 1,000 articles per annum. Cyberpsychologists provide insight at the intersection between humans and technology. It is anticipated that as a discipline cyberpsychology will continue to enjoy exponential growth due to the sustained rapid acceleration of Internet technologies, and their unprecedentedly pervasive and profound influence. ‘The Cyber Effect’ provides some explanatory value regarding the impact of technology on humankind, from child development to online dating, organised cybercrime to cyberchondria. A number of challenges will be discussed; how do we balance competing priorities and interests in cyberspace? Are we losing control of the digital sphere? How can society ensure that technology works in our favour? Arguably what is new is not always good, and technology does not always mean progress.

Professor Mary Aiken, Forensic Cyberpsychologist


Mary specializes in the impact of technology on human behaviour, and has written extensively on issues relating to the intersection between humankind and technology – or as she describes it “where humans and technology collide”. She appears regularly on radio and television and frequently gives talks to the public and private sector on an international basis.
Mary is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University College Dublin, Geary Institute for Public Policy, and Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, and has conducted research and training workshops with multiple global agencies, from INTERPOL to the FBI and the White House. Her research interests include cyber-security, organized cybercrime, cyberstalking, technology-facilitated human trafficking, and the rights of the child online. She the Director of the Cyberpsychology Research Network, and is a member of the advisory board of the Hague Justice Portal – a foundation for international peace, justice, and security. Her groundbreaking work inspired the CBS television series CSI: Cyber. She is based in Ireland.
Her new non-fiction book “The Cyber Effect” was published in August 2016.


Important Dates

Call for Abstracts: 1st May, 2017

Submission deadline: 1st June, 2017

Acceptance notification: 1st July, 2017

Camera-ready Abstract deadline: 1st August, 2017

Camera-ready Poster deadline: 7th August, 2017


Please register on Eventbrite on or before Friday 11th August.

Each session will have 2 parallel tracks

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts and posters should be submitted here. Please submit both the abstract and posters in PDF format. To submit your poster, create a new submission and prepend “POSTER ” to your submission title, e.g. If your abstract is titled “Data Science FTW”, your poster should be titled “POSTER Data Science FTW”. Please select only one topic when submitting your abstracts and posters. Templates can be found at:

Please endeavour to follow the branding guidelines on the Insight internal pages.
The posters resulting from Research funded by SFI must include the acknowledgement, at least in part, of SFI: "This publication has emanated from research conducted with the financial support of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under Grant Number SFI/12/RC/2289, OR, where the publication has emanated from multiple sources of funding: "This publication has emanated from research supported in part by a research grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under Grant Number SFI/12/RC/2289".

Book of Abstracts

An electronic copy of the Book of Abstracts will be available after the conference

Contact us

For any additional information, please contact:

Organising Committee

Daniel Desmond
Ade Fajemisin
Begüm Genç
Anne-Marie George

PC Members
Each author is also a PC Member of this conference

Local Info

Western Gateway Building UCC Campus Map