Location and University

ESSLLI 2022 will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

NUI Galway has recently been awarded The Sunday Times University of the Year 2022.

NUI Galway, first known as Queen’s college, was founded in 1845, and the iconic Quadrangle building was constructed in the same year. The first cohort of 68 students began attending in 1849, and now there are over 18,000 students that attend the university. NUI Galway has grown greatly in reputation and size since it first opened its doors. The campus has expanded to provide students and researchers with world-class facilities and amenities.

NUI Galway has become a world-leading research institution across different fields, such as Web Science, Biomedical Engineering, Human Rights, Marine & Environmental Science and Social Sciences. The university has a foundation of core values, respect, excellence, openness and sustainability, that outline the purpose and priorities of NUI Galway. The Data Science Institute (DSI) is a research institute of NUI Galway and the host of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics.

DSI researches technologies at the convergence of Computer Science, Web Science and Artificial Intelligence to build a fundamental understanding of how information and knowledge are increasingly driving society through digital processes, and of the tools, techniques and principles supporting a data-enhanced world. NUI Galway, DSI and Insight have gained international recognition on the global impact of their research.

The university is located in co. Galway, Ireland. Galway is a city with a rich cultural heritage and has been recognised as the “friendliest” and “most charming city” from the Lonely Planet travel guides to the New York Times. Galway was the European Capital of Culture 2020. The city is positioned on the Atlantic Edge with many cultural activities and a vibrant nightlife. Galway city is also known for its live music and the Druid theatre.

Some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes are a bus or car-ride away from the city, such as Connemara, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Connemara is a well-known gaeltacht region, in which Irish is the predominant spoken language. The West of Ireland is known for its scenic beauty and natural attractions. NUI Galway is located in Galway city. The university is intertwined with the cultural heritage and community of the west through its historical archives, Irish language promotion and preservation, sustainability plans and research.

Getting to Galway


  • Galway is easily accessible from Shannon Airport and Dublin Airport.
  • From Shannon Airport a regular bus service is provided by Bus Éireann with a travel time of about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • From Dublin Airport, buses leave every 30 minutes and are operated by CityLink and GoBus, with a travel time of about 2 hours and 30 minutes. We recommend booking in advance as this will save money and guarantee a seat.
    The buses for Galway from Dublin airport are leaving from Zone 13 of the bus area

By Rail

  • Galway is connected to both Dublin City and Limerick by a regular train service. Travel time from Dublin City Heuston stations is about 2 hours and 30 minutes. For more details see Iarnród Éireann.