Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Comhlámh AGM: 25 May, 6pm-9.30pm, Carmelite Community Centre, Whitefriar Street, Dublin 2

Comhlámh will be launching the 2017-2021 strategic plan, the fruits of much discussion in 2016. The AGM is the moment of renewal of the board as a number of members pass on the baton after many years of sterling work.  It’s also a moment of connection as members from different members’ groups gather and connect up with each other’s work.  Collette O’Regan will facilitate a participatory process to have members explore on how they will get behind implementing the new strategic plan.

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(2) Misean Cara Learning Event on Effectiveness Reviews: 25 May, 10am - 1.30pm, Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Are you looking for a quick and efficient way to gather key evaluation information from projects and programmes, without doing an in-depth, root-and-branch study? An Effectiveness Review might be just what you need. Over the past two years, Misean Cara has used this methodology to review 26 of its projects in six countries. Join us and the consultants who conducted the reviews, who will present the methodology, their experience of using it and recommendations for how best to apply it.

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(3) India and Europe: Debating the Challenge of Climate Change - International conference: 25 May, All Hallows Campus, DCU, Dublin 9

The conference will feature keynote addresses from:

·  Mr. Jayant Mauskar, a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change

·  Dr. Jacob Werksman, Principal Adviser for international climate policy at the European Commission

The conference will also feature contributions from a variety of other Indian and European experts. The conference programme can be viewed here

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please register on Eventbrite here.

(4) Better Futures for Girls and Young Women in Ethiopia: Exploring Key Issues: 25 May, 10:30am-1:30pm, Global Room, Trinity College Dublin

This event on Africa Day will explore three of the most pressing issues facing girls and women in Ethiopia - education, early marriage and rural-urban migration.

 Guest Speakers from Ethiopia

·      Professor Tesfaye Semela, Director of the Centre for Policy and Development Research, Hawassa University.

·      Dr. Alula Pankhurst, Director of Young Lives Ethiopia.

Inputs from Trinity College Dublin

·      Ms. Louise Yorke, PhD Candidate.

·      Professor Robbie Gilligan.

·      Professor Susan Murphy.

This event is organised by the School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative and the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme.

All welcome. Please register here. See TIDI website or contact for further details. 

(5) TIDI Africa Day Celebration - Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth: 25 May, 2.30p, - 4.30pm, Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

This seminar will be addressed by the following distinguished speakers:

Prof. Vuyisile T. Msila, University of South Africa.

Prof. Keith Lewin, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex.

John Fitzsimons, Camara Education

His Excellency Ahlangene Cyprian Sigcau, Ambassador of South Africa to Ireland, will give the opening address

Young people in Africa are an enormous resource for the continent's developments and thus the African Union Heads of State and Government declared the theme for 2017 to be 'Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth'. To celebrate this day, TIDI is hosting a series of seminars. TIDI is also supporting two other seminars on education and young people in Africa, organised through the TCD School of Social Work and Social Policy. Details are on the TIDI website,

A reception will be held in the Atrium, Trinity College, from 17:00 - 18:00, with an opening address by Prof. Paula Murphy, TCD Registrar. Please RSVP to Dr. Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coordinator,, to reserve your place. 

(6) NYCI Transforming Shadows Seminar: 7 June, 10am - 4pm, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Join NYCI to meet the team involved in our Irish-Lebanon exchange, the young people, our Lebanese partners Al-Jana and invited speakers. Hear about the key messages the Irish change makers want to share with other Irish young people about tackling conflict in their lives, see what the young people can offer as workshops or presentations in your youth centres, explore creative processes in conflict transformation, and reinvigorate your own youth work practice working with young people in conflict. 

To book onto this free seminar please click here.

(7) The Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) Writers' Workshop: 29 May, 6 - 8pm, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin

The workshop will cover writing for advocacy, editing, styling, and new media including videologging. A special guest facilitator, HIV activist and advocate Robbie Lawlor, will also provide training on the “dos and don'ts” of messaging for HIV advocacy. Attendees will have the opportunity to join a campaign to produce a series of short articles on HIV issues, culminating in website, email, and social media publicity for Irish AIDS Day on June 15th. The workshop is FREE to attend. Please RSVP to reserve a place to

(8) Education toward Social Change:  Challenges and Opportunities for Achieving SDG 4.7 through Inter-Sectoral Co-operation: 14 June, 1pm - 4pm, The Senate Room, Queen’s University Belfast

The seminar, hosted by Centre for Global Education, Development Studies Association Ireland and St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, will discuss how related education sectors can work together toward achieving SDG 4.7.  Speakers: Mary Van Vieshout (Development Studies Association Ireland, Chair); Nicola Browne (Director, Participation and the Practice of Rights); Frank Geary (Director, Irish Development Education Association); Elaine Nevin (National Director, ECO-UNESCO); and Dermot O’Brien (National Youth Council of Ireland).  Participation is free but registration essential as numbers are limited to 40.  To register visit:

(9) 9th International Disability Law Summer School: 19-23 June, NUI Galway

Registration is now open for the biggest disability law Summer School in the world, with a focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  This year’s Summer School Convenors are Dr Charles O’Mahony and Professor Gábor Gombos.

The theme for the 2017 Summer School is on psychosocial disability.  It will focus on facilitating access to justice, recognition of legal capacity, the right to liberty and community living. The aim of the 5 day Summer School is to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to help them translate the generalities of the UN Convention into tangible reform for persons with disabilities.

Registration is now open and will cost €360. Further information is available at or by contacting Sharon at

(10) Human Rights and Religions Summer School: 19-23 June, Trinity College Dublin

Among many distinguished speakers, the summer school will feature Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Professor Nazila Ghanea of Oxford, and Ms. Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of UN-CERD.

Full program details and registration information are available at

Cost of attendance is €600, €450 concession rate for students and NGO staff and a 10% discount for registrations before the end of April.  

(11) The International Criminal Court Summer School 2017: 19 - 23 June, NUI Galway

The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, is the premier summer school on the International Criminal Court. The summer school consists of five days of intensive lectures given by leading specialists on the subject. The summer school is attended by legal professionals, academics, postgraduate students and NGO workers, and as such is likely to be of interest to your readership. This year, we have a special session on corporate crimes at the International Criminal Court. 

To register and for more information regarding the 2017 ICC Summer School, please visit click here or email

(12) The International Jean Monnet Summer School - The EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis: 17 June - 1 July, NUI Maynooth

The Summer School will feature:

• Classes and various teaching and learning activities (as detailed in the flyer)

• Guest lectures with distinguished academics, leading practitioners, judges, and NGO representatives, including Prof. Michael O’Flaherty (EU Fundament Rights Agency), Prof. Giuseppe Martinico (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa), Prof. Francesco Palermo (University of Verona/Eurac-Bolzano-Bozen), Prof. Laurent Pech (Middlesex University), Prof. Ramses Wessel (University of Twente), Declan O’Dempsey BL (Cloisters and Chambers), Dr. Avv. Sondra Faccio (Santosuosso and Associates- University of Verona)

• Excursions and trips to discover picturesque Irish landscapes, and various social activities.

• Movie nights

The fees and additional information can be found at the website:   

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(13) Globalisation & Inequality Workshop: 27 June, 10am-4pm, Dublin City Centre (venue tbc)

A one-day workshop exploring rising inequality in Ireland and around the world, its causes and consequences, and what can be done about it.  This is a development education training for community activists, workers and educators.  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.  Contact Helena Mc Neill at See  

(14) Odysseus Academic Network 2017 Summer School on EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy: 3-14 July, Brussels

The applications for the  17th edition of the Odysseus Network Summer School are now open. The programme is organised under the umbrella of the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Participants in the Summer School include academics, EU and Member State(s) officials, PhD and graduate students, representatives of NGOs and international organisations, lawyers, judges. The deadline for registration is 10 June 2017.

The Summer School has been carefully designed and developed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective.For more information about the Summer School, visit the website: or contact or

(15) Combating Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: 14 September, London

This timely symposium, hosted by Public Policy Exchange, offers an invaluable opportunity for practitioners across the police, social and health services, NGOs and other key stakeholders to examine the progress in implementing the UK's Modern Slavery Act assess the potential implications of Brexit in the fight against human trafficking and discuss the way forward.

For further information and to register, please click here.

(16) IDEA AGM & Annual Conference: 8 June, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Dublin 8

The theme of this year's conference is Global Citizenship in a Time of Isolationism, and our keynote speaker is Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of Guantánamo Diary (joining us via weblink). 

For more details and to register, please click here.