Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Irish Congress of Trade Unions Friday Briefing – Trade Unionists in the field of Humanitarian Aid: 21 July, 10.30am, Congress Offices, 31-32 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

The briefing will be given by Jimmy O’Connor and Pascal Connolly who are involved in the Communication Worker’s Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA) since its inception in 1995.  They will speak about the efforts being made by trade unionists in the humanitarian field which shows the embodiment of spirit of trade unionism in working together in solidarity to better the lives of those less fortunate.  Click here to find out more.  Please confirm your attendance by emailing

(2) Creative Methods in Development Education: 26 July, 10.30am - 4.30pm, IDEA Office, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1

IDEA and Comhlámh are hosting a Creative Methods for Development Education training day in conjunction with Creativity & Change and Global Harmonies. Light lunch included. Cost is €10 for members (of IDEA or Comhlámh) and €20 for non-members. For further information, please click here.

(3) Peace Brigades International Workshop: 29 July, 10am - 5pm, Lantern Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8

Peace Brigades International (PBI) Ireland offering a chance to learn more about our work in the field and to explore nonviolent methods of human rights protection. The workshop will be participatory, using concrete examples from PBI projects that provide a taste of what it is like to volunteer there. PBI is currently recruiting volunteers for its Kenyan and Guatemalan projects and it is highly recommended that interested candidates attend this training, however it is also suitable for anyone thinking of volunteering with PBI Ireland or who is interested in practical approaches to nonviolent conflict intervention. More information on the work of PBI is available on their websiteTo register, please email by Wednesday 26 July. There will be a charge of €10 which will include lunch.

(4) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions - #SDGChallenge: 1 August, 6-8pm, Room G17, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork

The #SDGchallenge welcomes you to join us for a discussion on Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. This discussion will begin with an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals followed by a focus on Goal 16. This will be an interactive discussion with an opportunity for dialogue. RSVP to secure your place:

(5) WIRI - Women Should Be Both Seen and Heard Seminar - Are Women for Women in Politics?: 8 August, 1-2pm, Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

The guest speaker for this seminar, Larissa Peixoto Gomes, is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Having studied gender and politics her entire academic career, her research now focuses on answering exactly these questions and understanding the gendered dynamics of parliamentary life, studying political systems in Brazil, the UK and Sweden. Seminar will last approx. 30 minutes, after which there will be time for questions and chat. As this is a brown-bag event, all attendees are welcome to bring along their lunch, while tea and coffee will be provided. To register please go to

(6) Challenges For Members, Directors and Trustees of Charities in a New Regulatory Age: 7 September, 12 noon – 1pm

The aim of the seminar is to equip participants with a clear understanding and knowledge of the role, duties and obligations on members, directors and trustees of charity companies or trusts. Find our more here or by contacting the Carmichael Centre, E:, T: 01 8735702.

(7) DSAI Annual Conference - Development through Rights: Theory, Policy and Practice in a Changing International Context: 23-24 November, Our Lady’s Hospice Education & Research Centre, Harold’s Cross

The last two years have been a pivotal time in the field of international development. The Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted, while the Brexit vote and the emergence of Trumpism in the United States will have substantial impacts on the international development context. At a time when xenophobia and anti-migrant populism are in the ascendant and support for multilateralism and non-discrimination are in decline, how can we protect and sustain the long struggle for rights based approaches to development? What guidance can the concept of human rights offer international development practitioners, policy makers and theorists in this new, more challenging, environment? The 2017 Development Studies Association of Ireland annual conference will address these issues. For more information, please click here