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Typical conference information (arrival, transportation, etc.) are under other pages under the Attendees tab. This FAQ is for questions specific to this year like COVID-19 information, and to counterbalance that, tourism activities, some practical information that doesn’t fit typical conference transport/arrival information, and fun stuff that is specific to our location. We might add more categories too.

How do I get an answer to a question that isn’t here?

Email Brett and Keith ( with subject “ITiCSE FAQ” or fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

ITiCSE Logistics and Scheduling

When and where can I register?

Working Group and Doctoral Consortium attendees will be registered in their working rooms on Friday morning. Registration will come to you!

Main registration will open at 7.15 on Monday July 11 at the bottom of the big spiral staircase in the O’Brien Centre for Science. Registration will be open throughout the conference if you arriving late, and will also be the main help desk.

What meals are provided?

Working Groups – Fri-Sun: AM coffee, lunch, PM coffee

Doctoral Consortium – Sat: AM coffee, lunch, PM coffee, Sun: AM coffee

Main Conference – Mon: AM coffee, lunch, PM coffee; Tues: AM coffee, lunch (then excursion and banquet for those who signed up for them); Tues: AM coffee, lunch, PM coffee

What should I wear to the excursion and/or banquet?

As we are not able to return to hotels between the excursion and banquet (see questions below also) those doing both should take the Irish weather and our planned activities into account. Dress for the weather on the day and wear comfortable shoes! Even if it is warm during the day it can get chilly at night. The excursion is outdoors, and although the banquet is indoors, you will be outside a little!

I am going to the excursion and banquet, do I return to my hotel in-between?

No. Due to several factors including timing, traffic, and geography, attendees participating in both the excursion and banquet will leave ITiCSE (UCD) and travel to the excursion and from there, directly to the banquet before returning to UCD. Also see

I am only going to the banquet (and not the excursion) – how do I get there and back?

Bus transportation from ITiCSE (UCD) to the banquet (and back) will be provided. Also see

I am only going to the excursion (and not the banquet) – how do I get there and back?

Bus transportation from ITiCSE (UCD) to the excursion will be with those going to the excursion and banquet. After the excursion, the buses will drop the banquet attendees to the banquet and from there a bus will return immediately to UCD for those not attending the banquet. Also see


Are there any COVID-19 entry requirements for Ireland?

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland?

Currently, “All COVID-19 restrictions have ended”

Do I need a COVID-19 test to return to the US?

From June 12 the US is lifting the requirement to test negative to reenter the US:

What COVID-19 testing facilities are available in Ireland if I need one to return to my home country?

There is a list here: Many more can be found online.

What are the closest testing facilities to ITiCSE?

There are several in the city centre that are only 10-20 minutes from ITiCSE by bus such as,, and more.

If I test positive and need to extend my stay will the UCD residences have availability?

We have every reason to believe there is capacity for this

Are home tests available in Ireland?

Readily. Supermarkets, pharmacies/chemists and convenience stores sell them for a few Euro each.


What’s neat that’s not on the tourist trail?

I want to travel around but not stay in boring hotels. Where can I stay?

How can I see as much of the tourist trail as possible in the most efficient way?


Is there parking available at UCD for ITiCSE?

Yes, parking is available for the conference and for the Roebuck residences. During the summer parking is free and ample at UCD. You will see “permit required” signs but these only apply during the semester (and ITiCSE is out-of-semester). There are major works underway which might limit the normal number of spaces, but it should not be a problem. Just ensure that you don’t park in pay and display areas which are clearly marked. For the main conference, the O’Reilly car park is the closest (lot N2 on the map here: N1, N3, O1, W4 and W5 are within 3-4 minutes walking. For Roebuck O3, O4, O5, O6, O11 are close (1-2 min walk) and N1 and N3 are not far (3-4 min walk). Also see

How do I find out practical information about Ireland?

“Citizen’s Information” is an amazing resource that is kept up to date and can tell you almost anything about coming to, getting around, and even living, in Ireland:

What about the weather?

July is one of the best months to visit Ireland with daily high temperatures around 19°C (that’s 66°F for our American friends) and rarely falling below 15°C (59°F) or exceeding 22°C (72°F). Yep – average temperature is t-shirt weather and rarely gets into fleece territory, and not even close to sweltering! That being said, it does rain around 10 days every July. Shoes that can deal with a little water, an umbrella, a hat, sunglasses, and a light rain jacket or fleece are good to bring, and keep relatively nearby on most days.

Fun stuff

Is it true that Ireland is at the same latitude as some parts of Alaska and Siberia?


Is it true that there are palm trees in Ireland?

Yes See!