Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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her experiences from the West Bank, and give her suggestions to how peace can be promoted in Israel and occupied Palestine. All welcome!

(1) Globalisation & Inequality development education training workshop for community activists, workers and educators: 23 February, 10am-4pm, Carmelite Community Centre, Dublin 2

A one-day workshop exploring rising inequality in Ireland and around the world, its causes and consequences, and what can be done about it.  As Europe and the US are witnessing a rise in xenophobia and nationalism and a backlash against globalisation, many are asking what the relationship is between globalisation and inequality. And how does this contribute to the discontent giving rise to this political shift we are seeing. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to participate in activities and exercises that will help you explore the issue of growing inequality in the context of globalisation with others.  

For further information contact Helena Mc Neill at or visit

(2) 7th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health - Rights, Resilience, Recovery: 6-9 March 2017, RDS Dublin

The National Women’s Council of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin are co-hosting the event with the International Association of Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH), supported by Conference Partners.

The Congress will explore the link between gender inequalities and women’s mental health. It will be a unique networking and learning opportunity for professionals of various disciplines to meet and discuss best practices and innovative developments to improve women’s mental health across the life cycle.

There will be a rich and varied academic programme. Cutting edge research and practice will be presented across different themes, including:

·         Importance of gender sensitive mental health services

·         Young women and mental health

·         Reproductive & maternal mental health

·         Violence against women

There will also be a social programme for delegates, including an Opening Ceremony, Film launch and Gala reception, and of course a celebration on International Women’s Day. For further information on the programme visit the Congress website at

(3) Irish Centre for Human Rights Conference - Exploring litigation as a business and human rights remedy: 24 March, NUI Galway

The Irish Centre for Human Rights is pleased to announce this one-day conference which will examine the opportunities, challenges and barriers to pursuing cases in Irish courts against companies implicated in serious human rights abuses.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Anita Ramasastray, University of Washington; United Nations Working Group on business and human rights 

  • Richard Meeran, Partner, Leigh Day, London

  • Marie-Laure Guislain, Head of Litigation, Sherpa, Globalisation and Human Rights Program – CSR

  • Eilis Barry, Chief Executive Officer, Free Legal Advice Centres

  • Dr Gearóid O’Cuinn, Lancaster University, Global Legal Action Network

  • Eamon Conlon, Partner, A&L Goodbody, Dublin

There is no fee to attend, but spaces are limited, so those interested in attending should register as soon as possible to guarantee a place. The closing date for registration is 10 March 2017. Further information here.

(4) IIEA Reception - Sherman Katz, Trade Policy under President Trump: A Washington Perspective: 7 March, 12.45pm, 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1

In his address to the IIEA, Sherman Katz, Senior Advisor at the Centre for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, will share his insights from conversations with White House and Congressional officials, and US business leaders, on the future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and US-UK trade ties under President Trump. He will also explore the impact on trade policy of the emerging balance of power among competing factions in the Trump White House. 

To register your interest, please reply to, mentioning the [Katz] event in the subject line of your email or by phone on 01-8746756.

(5) Our Common Home - Our Common Future, The Good News of the SDGs: 9 March, 10am-1pm, Portlaoise Parish Centre, Stradbally Road, Portlaoise

This workshop will use the SDGs to highlight and explore some of the urgent issues facing humanity. Charlie Bird, a former RTE Chief Correspondent, will share his concerns about the big issues for our world today, including Climate Change and Peace.

For further information, please click here. To register email or phone 0872675993.

(6) Engineers Without Borders National Conference, 9 March, 6pm-9pm, Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ireland is dedicated to bridging the gap between academia, industry and NGOs by partnering with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through education and implementation of sustainable engineering projects.

Speakers include Aiden Madden discussing Arup’s work in Bangladesh after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, Colin Keogh of The Rapid Foundation will present on their work using low-cost technologies such as 3D printing to help improve the lives of people in developing countries.

There will also be updates from EWB-Ireland on research, volunteering, overseas projects and more. For further information please click here.

(7) Bond Annual Conference: 20-21 March, London

The more than 50 new speakers announced for the Bond Annual Conference include keynotes Jutta Steiner, founder and COO of Parity Technologies and Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford. Choose from 30 breakout sessions, covering themes of impact, implementation, influence, inspire, invest and innovate, for the latest insight and debate on funding and financing, Brexit, the SDGs, NGO leadership, squeezing of civil society space, maximising your communications impact and much more. The conference is framed in the context of unprecedented global change and will inspire you to take new approaches in your work to make a real difference while tackling the challenges facing the NGO sector.

For more information and to register, click here

(8) Breaking Ground and Taking Roots: The Istanbul Principles @ 7: 30-31 March, Bangkok, Thailand

The Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) will be meeting in Bangkok to assess the Istanbul Principles for Development Effectiveness to mark the 7th anniversary of their adoption. 

To register to attend, please complete this application form before 4pm on 28 February.