Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Children's Research Network - practitioner research and applying research to practice workshop: 21 September, 5pm-7pm, 9 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2

This is the sixth workshop in the CRN Research Skills Summer School, aimed at practitioner researchers and research interested professionals, including early years educators, international development practitioners, social workers, youth workers, teachers, research consultants and early career academics. 

For further information and to register, please click here

(2) Asylum Seekers Right to Work - Implementing the Supreme Court ruling: 21 September, 10.30am - 5.15pm, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

In May the Supreme Court ruled that the complete ban on asylum seekers working was unconstitutional and gave the Oireachtas six months to take action on its ruling. Ireland and Lithuania are the only countries in the EU that completely ban asylum seekers from working. This conference will highlight ways in which the Supreme Court ruling can be implemented humanely and effectively.

Among the conference speakers will be former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness, leading economist Jim Power, CEO of Virgin Media Tony Hanway, businessman Fintan Drury, Dr Liam Thornton of UCD School of Law and sociologist Dr Mary Murphy. There will also be a panel of former asylum seekers who have successfully integrated into the Irish workforce and society.

The audience will be made up of policy makers, lawyers, business people, academics, refugees and asylum seekers and their support organisations, and interested members of the public.

Places at this conference are limited and early booking is essential. Please book your place through Eventbrite here

(3) Climate Change and Health - The Challenges, The Opportunities Conference: 22 September, NUI Galway

On Friday 22nd September, NUI Galway, and partners including Trocaire, DSA Ireland, and the Irish Forum for Global Health, will host "Climate Change and Health: The Challenges and the Opportunities". This conference will highlight the major threats posed by climate change worldwide, and showcase the opportunities which now present themselves as we work to overcome "the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century". Special guest speakers include The Lancet Countdown's Dr. Nicholas Watts, and UNICEF UK's Joni Pegram.

All are welcome to attend the conference, and discounted tickets are available for students and unwaged individuals. Please visit for details and registration. Twitter users can also share in the conversations around the event using the hashtag #climatehealthirl2017

(4) Community Engagement with the SDG Agenda: 25 and 26 September, Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Donegal County Council, as part of the LADDER Project, are holding a 2 day event to review and discuss Community focused Development Education and Public Engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The emphasis will be on reviewing the lessons learned from this DEAR-funded project (LADDER) over the past 3 years. The event will also provide opportunities for future planning and learning for Local Authorities, Community groups and NGOs involved in awareness raising of the SDGs.

For more information contact: Maire Ni Fhearraigh –, Patsy Toland -

(5) Where are the Women? Gender, Localisation and the Grand Bargain: 26 September, 9.30am - 1.30pm, Dublin venue tbc

ActionAid Ireland is convening a high level seminar on Tuesday 26th September to assess progress and learning on following through on commitments made by donors, UN and civil society agencies at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. The aim of the seminar is to provoke further thinking on ‘Gender and the Grand Bargain’, and bring different perspectives and experiences to the debate on localisation. This Seminar will be of interest to leaders in civil society organisations, INGOs, policy makers, academics and students. You can book a free ticket here.

(6) IDEA seminar - Politics and Society: 27 September, 10.30am - 1.30pm, IDEA offices, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1

The IDEA Formal Education Working Group and the Citizenship Education Network (CEN) are hosting a seminar on Senior Cycle Politics and Society, Wednesday, 27 September, 10:30am-1:30pm (registration starts at 10:00am).

Participants will have the opportunity to explore Politics and Society in the context of citizenship education in formal education in Ireland, opportunities for collaboration, resources and needs, and to hear teacher and student experiences of Politics and Society. 

For further information, please click here

(7) #SDGChallenge - No Poverty: 3 October, 6pm, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick

The #SDGchallenge welcomes you to join us for the first workshop in the second cycle of the #SDGchallenge which will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 1 - No Poverty. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals but will then examine some of the issues around the causes of poverty and the aims of this goal. This will be an interactive discussion with an opportunity for dialogue. 

To register, please contact  

(8) Sheehy Skeffington School 2017: 7 October, 9.30am - 4pm, Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

The school was founded to provide an accessible forum for discussion on issues of human rights and social justice and the focus of this year’s school is on human rights and migrants. Speakers include Prof. Conor Gearty (LSE), Prof. Siobhan Mullally (NUI Galway), Edel McGinley (MRCI) and Bernadette McAliskey. 

For further information, please click here

(9) Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development Annual Conference - Agriculture in the Delivery of One Health: 16 October, 9am - 1pm, Iveagh House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Keynote address by Dr. Delia Grace, Programme Leader (joint) Animal and Human Health at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya. To register, please click here