Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Dóchas Conference 2018: 3 May, 11am - 5pm, Croke Park Conference Centre

The Dóchas Conference 2018 - Changing the Narrative: Building Support for Global Development - will consider the challenges and opportunities to engage the Irish public in the fight against global poverty, inequality and injustice. Delegates will hear from expert speakers and participate in workshops to stimulate ideas and learning on how we can tell our story about the importance of global justice and equality. Limited number of early bird tickets now on sale. Additional group discounts are also available at a special early bird rate. Find out more. Book your place. If you have any queries about this event, please contact

(2) DSAI Panel Discussion on the Rohingya Crisis: 21 February, 6.30pm, Room G7, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

The Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) Humanitarian Action Study Group (HASG) will hold a panel discussion on the Rohingya crisis in the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College Dublin (map). Speakers include Sam Taylor (Director, MSF Ireland). Others to be confirmed closer to the date. Click here for additional information.

(3) Climate Change, Displacement and the Law: 23 February, 10am - 1.30pm, Camden Court Hotel

Organised by the Irish Red Cross in partnership with the School of Law, UCC, the seminar will examine the reasons behind movement of people in response to disasters, the impacts of climate change, implications for humanitarian organisations, and what legal and policy frameworks exist to support such movement. If you would like to attend this free seminar please register via the seminar Eventbrite page. Should you have any questions, please contact

(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) Data Protection, Privacy and Security: Maintaining the Balance: 28 February, 12.45 - 2.30pm, IIEA, 48 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1

Keynote Speaker: Minister Charlie Flanagan T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality. Find out more.

(6) Women’s Land Rights as a Pathway to Poverty Reduction: 2 March, 1pm - 2.30pm, Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin

Organised by TIDI. In this seminar, a conceptual framework regarding the relationship of women’s land rights and poverty reduction is explored and where the evidence is strong and where gaps remain is identified. Discussant: Aidan Fitzpatrick, Irish Aid. Chair: Gráinne Kilcullen, Christian Aid Ireland. Find out more.

(7) Leaving No One Behind: Can the Promise Be Fulfilled?: 6 March, 7.30pm (guests to be seated by 7.15pm), Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare

David Donoghue is the keynote speaker at this St Patrick's College Maynooth Annual Trócaire Lecture. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) marked an historic agreement by 196 countries to end poverty and put the world on a path to sustainable development. As the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN in New York, David co-facilitated, with Kenya, the UN negotiations that resulted in the SDGs in 2015. In this talk David will reflect upon the changing global context and whether the commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ can be achieved. Limited capacity – booking recommended. Please RSVP to, 01 5053218, no later than 2 March.

(8) The Wheel’s Sustainable Communities Forum: 9 March, 10am - 12.30pm, Rediscovery Centre, The Boiler House, Ballymun Rd, Ballymun, Dublin

The Wheel will launch the latest in our series of Sustainable Communities resources, Living Better Using Less. This online toolkit for community groups will provide you with practical tools to guide discussion, stimulate thinking and support planning around enhancing local communities. Join Vincent Carragher, Research Fellow on Sustainable Communities with The Wheel and Trinity College Dublin, and Gráinne O'Neill, developer of the toolkit, for a morning of celebration and discovery. Hear inspiring case studies of community-led change and learn about practical steps you can take to foster sustainability locally. And find out how all these great initiatives are contributing to Ireland achieving its global responsibilities through the Sustainable Development Goals framework. This is a free event but registration is essential. Book your place.

(9) Symposium on Student Volunteering: 12 March, 10.30am - 1.30pm, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway

Keynote speaker: Matt Baillie Smith, Professor of International Development at Northumbria University. Baillie Smith’s research interests are centred on international development, citizenship and civil society, with particular interests in volunteering and development, development education and NGOs in the Global North and South. He also has interests in qualitative research methodologies in development and in processes of co-production between scholars and practitioners. Register to attend or speak.

(10) Where does the real risk lie? Understanding the consequences of chronic stress and traumatic exposure on police officer mental health: 14 March, 1pm - 2pm, The Global Room, Watt Building, Trinity College

Police officers are routinely exposed to critical incidents such as road traffic fatalities, child abuse cases, violent offenders and homicide scenes. For police officers working in conflict or post-conflict settings however, there is an increased risk of exposure to stressors unique to these contexts. These may include: attacks from dissident or rebel groups and working in under-resourced, insecure, and unstable conditions, often resulting in the militarization of the police force (Mani, 2003; Police Federation for Northern Ireland, 2016).  Repeated exposure to these stressful and potentially traumatic incidents may compromise the mental health and well-being of officers. This seminar will focus on the individual, organizational, and operational risks that police face in the unique context of conflict and post-conflict states and the impact of that these risks have on officers’ psychological wellbeing. Using the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) as a case study, and the unique context of working as an officer in this post-conflict society, this talk will cover the various sources of stress for PSNI officers, as well as the psychological consequences of chronic stress and cumulative trauma. Speaker: Larissa Sherwood, doctoral researcher, CONTEXT, TCD. Organised by TIDI and the Collaborative Network for Training and Excellence in psychoTraumatology’ (CONTEXT). Find out more here.

Upcoming event in the Global Mental Health Seminar Series: 

  • 18 April: “Put your Oxygen mask on first” How to protect the wellbeing of humanitarian aid workers? 

(11) Seminar: Thinking Differently about International Volunteering: 15 March, 9.30am - 12.30pm, IDEA Office, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1

The Irish Development Education Association, in conjunction with EIL Intercultural Learning, are hosting a seminar on Thinking Differently about International Volunteering with Matt Baillie Smith, Professor of International Development at Northumbria University. Lunch will be provided. Find out more.

(12) Information Law 2018: 27 March, 8.30am - 1pm, Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2

Information law is an emerging area of law dealing with public access to information, the right to privacy and the balance between the two. It includes Freedom of Information, Access to Environmental Information, Re-use of Public Sector Information, Data Protection and other laws affecting information access and control. This unique half-day event is an opportunity for lawyers, FOI Officers, journalists and others interested in the field to hear from experts about the most recent developments and the outlook for this fast-developing area of law. Non-profits and charities interested in access to information, environmental and FOI may be interested in attending. Speakers: Dr Áine Ryall - Senior Lecturer, UCC School of Law and Vice Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; Aoife Gillespie - Senior Associate, Philip Lee Solicitors; Lisa Underwood-Investigator, Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information; Mark Tighe - Journalist, Sunday Times; John Kenny BL - Barrister-at-Law, Law Library of Ireland. Find out more.