Published on January 30th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


IASA 4th Annual Symposium

The Irish Aviation Students’ Association (IASA) will be holding their fourth Annual Symposium on 27th of February from 9:00 – 16:00 in The Helix, DCU. IASA bridges the gap between students and the aviation industry which has made fantastic progress over the last four years. IASA would like to invite anyone considering a career in aviation, wanting to develop their skills, or stay up to date with current trends in the industry, to attend their Annual Symposium. All details of events and membership can be found on

The team have worked very hard to develop an organisation which has benefited students and industry equally, encouraging networking, internships and the desire to develop personal branding. IASA has provided platforms for second-level, third-level, postgraduate students and young professionals alike, to network and learn about the booming aviation industry.

IASA has hosted events targeting students and young professionals all over Ireland such as Career Slingshots, Annual Symposiums,  Junior Aviation Networking events & by attending events such as Pilot Careers Live and the Dublin Aviation Summit. To date, IASA has directly engaged with more than 3,000 students all over Ireland.

The IASA team have grown the association quite considerably over the last twelve months and plan to continue this growth with their 4th Annual Symposium on February 27th. This year the symposium theme is ‘Launching into the Future with the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals’ and it is expected to attract over 350 delegates on the day.

 “IASA primarily focuses on bridging the gap between the aviation industry and the aviation passionate students both in Ireland and abroad. From listening to the student feedback, we decided to go back to basics with this year’s theme, showing students how they can make the right choice when considering a career in the aviation industry. Our audience wants to advance their knowledge and broaden their understanding of this niche industry in Ireland and beyond. The symposium will focus heavily on the development of the unique career paths of current aviation leaders” – Gareth Lau, Chairperson

The Irish Aviation Students’ Association is a non-profit entity, established and run by a group of dedicated third level students from various universities and colleges around Ireland.

IASA’s primary purpose is to connect aviation-passionate students with the Industry and to discover and develop opportunities that will shape the future of aviation in Ireland and beyond. The aims of IASA are:

  • To highlight the roles available to students who want to pursue a career in the aviation industry
  • To discuss the current issues and developments faced by the industry so to identify future trends
  • To discover how students can effectively contribute to the development of the aviation sector
  • To inspire the next generation of aviation professionals
  • To facilitate networking between; students, lecturers and professionals
  • To identify how the industry can create more opportunities for students
  • To encourage capital fundraising to support innovative projects and scholarships
  • To endorse the provision of internships


To view our 3rd Annual Symposium, please click here

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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