Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Raw Materials Extraction in Africa: TIDI seminar in association with the TCD Raw Materials KIC: 18 January, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin is a core partner in the EU Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Raw Materials, the largest (>115 member spread over 20+ EU countries) and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship. The Trinity International Development Initiative is proposing a seminar to critically examine this process and the role of raw materials in development in Africa, bringing together speakers from industry and academia. Full details will be on the TIDI website shortly.

Speakers: Prof. Chris Adam, Department of International Development, University of Oxford; David Horgan, African Mining; Prof. Padraig Carmody, Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin; Dr. Damaris Fernandez, Raw Materials Knowledge and Innovation Community, Trinity College Dublin.

Chair: Dr. Susan Murphy, Asst. Prof. Development Practice, Trinity College Dublin.

RSVP to Mairéad Finn, TIDI Coordinator, at

(2) Design, Disasters and Development: 25 January, 6.30pm - 8pm, Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

The Royal Irish Academy and Arup are delighted to announce that on 25 January 2018, Mary Robinson (President of the Mary Robinson Foundation and former President of Ireland) will do an introduction before a lecture by Jo da Silva. Jo’s lecture will address some of the biggest challenges we face as a society, e.g. urbanisation, climate change and poverty. She encourages us to embrace resilience and promotes the importance of not just considering technical excellence, but also social usefulness. Jo established the International Development group in Arup, as a not for profit business, allowing the firm to make a greater contribution to humanity and development work. Jo co-ordinated the efforts of over 100 humanitarian agencies to provide transitional shelter in Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2005, constructing 60,000 shelters in six months.

Please register here and use the following promotional code as friends of Arup to gain free access to the lecture: ARUP.

(3) Development Education and Human Rights Seminar: 9 February, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Seamus Heaney Lecture Theatre (SPD: G114), Dublin City University, St Patrick’s College campus, Drumcondra

The Centre for Global Education and the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education are hosting a seminar which will present and debate the content of Issue 25 of the Policy and Practice Journal on the theme of ‘Development Education and Human Rights’. A light lunch will be served from 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Speakers: Fionnuala Waldron, Su-ming Khoo, Ben Mallon and Rowan Oberman.

To register, please click here.

(4) Bond Annual Conference: 26 - 27 February, QEII Centre, London (15% discount available for Dóchas members)

SoS Penny Mordaunt MP and Memory Banda, pioneer for girls rights around the world, head a diverse line-up of speakers who will share their extensive knowledge and insight on the big issues and trends in global development. Whether you’re concerned about the future for NGOs, diversifying income, optimising operations, fostering strategic partnerships or adapting to global changes, there is something for you in the wide-ranging programme. Dóchas members can book using the code DOCHAS15 for 15% off the non-member rate. 

For more information, please see here.

(5) Seismic Summit: 14 March, 9am - 3pm, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ireland will host a gathering of internationally recognised experts in the fields of Seismic Resistant Construction Techniques, Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Building Conservation.

Speakers include:

Randolph Langenbach who has served as a consultant to UNESCO in Turkey, Georgia, India and Iran; the World Monuments Fund in Iran and Haiti; UN‐HABITAT in Pakistan after both the 2005 earthquake and the 2010 floods; and the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan.

Martijn Schildkamp, founder of three Smart Shelter divisions, who has designed and built numerous projects in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Indonesia. Martijn is currently a researcher in Kyoto University in Japan where they have based a research project on his seismic resistant schools in Nepal.

Kubilay Hicyilmaz, a seismic engineer who has led teams in Haiti doing post earthquake damage assessment and training and implemented an earthquake engineering training programme in the Pakistan Administered Kashmir post 8 October 2005 South Asian Earthquake. He continues to work and provide engineering review and support for a variety of humanitarian organisations.

To attend, please click here.