Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

The Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops section is part of Dóchas Wednesday News, which also includes job openings, volunteer posts and sector courses, seminars and events. Please use the menu links on the right, or below if on a mobile device, to navigate through the different sections.

(1) The Wheel's Annual Summit: 23 May, Croke Park, Dublin 

The Wheel's National Summit will take place on Thursday 23 May at the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin. Summit 2019 will focus on how charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises can promote innovation to help unlock a brighter future for all. We will bring together the leaders, the motivators, the thinkers and the doers, and together, we will tackle our sector's biggest challenges. Our wide-ranging programme, includes a series of parallel sessions on the key issues for our sector, practice panels hosted by a range of experts, an expo with over 50 suppliers and The Wheel's 20th Anniversary Celebration. Find out more and register.

(2) The Lived Experiences of Youth Migration - Global Perspectives: 23 May, 9am - 2pm, TRiSS Seminar Room, Trinity College Dublin

Young people are major actors in the reality of migration, whether moving alone or with family. Convened by the School of Social Work and Social Policy at TCD, this seminar brings together scholars whose work relates to vastly differing contexts but who share a common focus on youth experiences in the realities of migration globally. Presenters will focus on how poverty, rurality, gender, legal status and wider community attitudes influence youth migration experiences in Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ireland, Thailand/Myanmar border and United Kingdom. This event should interest researchers and others concerned with youth migrations issues. Find out more and register.

(3) Cómhlamh AGM: 23 May, 6pm (start at 6.30pm), Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 

Calling all Comhlámh members and interested members - the Comhlámh AGM is a time to hear about our staff and member-led areas of work. Register here so we can cater for sandwiches, etc. We are looking for new members to the board, in particular people with a background in marketing/fundraising. Contact for more information.

(4) IDEA: Putting Sustainable Communities At The Heart Of Development Education: 28 May, 10am - 1pm, IDEA Office, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin

The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) is hosting a workshop on exploring the idea of sustainable communities in in the context of a Development Education group or practitioner working at a global level and a local level. The workshop will be facilitated by Johnny Sheehan, The Wheel. Find out more.

(5) Improving Access to Safe Surgery: An Irish-African Research Partnership: 28 May, 1.30pm - 5.30pm, RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Access to surgical care around the world continues to be inequitable, particularly in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) where the performance of health systems is undermined by chronic resource scarcity and severe surgical workforce shortages. It is estimated that that up to 95% of the population in SSA has limited access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthetic care, because general surgical services are concentrated around urban centres. If comprehensive universal health coverage is to be achieved, in line with the targets of the sustainable development goals, the surgical needs of rural dwellers need to be met. For nine years, RCSI researchers have been collaborating with African and European partner institutions to develop, implement and evaluate models to improve the delivery of surgical services in hospitals located outside of main cities. This seminar, which will be a celebration of Africa Day at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, will bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders to share experiences from the field and discuss the way forward. Invited speakers include surgical systems research leaders from the University of Malawi College of Medicine, the Surgical Society of Zambia, the University of Oxford and Radboud University. The event is free but prior registration is required. Please see our Eventbrite link for further details.

(6) USAID Funding Strategies Seminar: 4 June, 10am - 12pm, Dóchas office

How can your organisation enter and grow in the USAID funding market? Learn how to start building your organisation's USAID market strategy. The seminar will cover USAID funding opportunities, practices for USAID partnering, including subcontracting and tools to build and grow your USAID work. This presentation is targeted at European and other non-U.S. organisations that are interested in entering the USAID market. The seminar will be led by Mike Shanley, CEO of Konektid, a U.S. consulting firm that advises clients on partnering with USAID. There will be a presentation followed by Q&A. Please bring your questions about working with USAID! Presenter: Mike Shanley spent more than a decade of his career working in the USAID market. This included leading USAID business development and project management activities at Chemonics International, one of USAID's largest implementing partners. He has designed and managed more than $100 million dollars in USAID projects in nearly every region where USAID works. In 2013, he left Chemonics International to found Konektid with a goal to bring new approaches, innovations and products to USAID projects around the world. Konektid's mission is to help new clients enter and grow in the USAID funding market, and they have advised clients around the world on how to build their USAID funding strategies. To register, please email This event is free and for Dóchas members only.

(7) DSAI Summer School 'From ameliorative to transformative change: methodologies of ‘doing participation’ in development and humanitarian contexts': 5 - 6 June, University College Cork

The third DSAI Summer School focuses on innovative ways of doing development research which places participation and "citizen-driven" research at the centre of its practice. It explores the relationship between research and action, and the role of researcher activist. This summer school examines methodologies of citizen empowerment and ‘doing participation’ in the context of urban and rural poverty, displacement, and globalisation. It problematizes the ‘expert stance’ and asks how the activist practitioner researcher can promote both equity and efficiency in development and humanitarian contexts through lay methodologies. It asks how we can scale this learning beyond micro settings to being embedded within the global development and humanitarian community. Register. Please send queries to

(8) IDEA Annual Conference 2019: 6 June, 11.30 - 4.30, DCU All Hallows Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 

The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) Conference 2019 will take place Thursday, 6 June, in DCU All Hallows Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. This year will mark 15 years of IDEA and the theme will be ‘Stories of Change: creating active global citizens.' Find out more.

(9) Seminar on Human Rights and Mass Atrocities: 19 - 21 June, Griffth College Dublin

Human rights abuses are, despite the existence of human rights treaties and human rights monitoring bodies, being committed in different parts of the world on a rapidly evolving scale. Mass atrocities are generally understood as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, but many other human rights abuses are committed in conflict-affected contexts. There is a range of responses to these abuses, particularly by national and international actors, constituting international criminal justice and transitional justice. Against the background of the diverse human rights summer schools and themes, this seminar’s purpose is to add the view of human rights practitioners and academics on human rights mass atrocities through the lens of cinema, disability, trafficked persons, climate change, indigenous people and the Third World Approaches to International Law. By doing so, the seminar aims to move away from the mainstream academic discussion and accentuate the diversity of international human rights narratives and perspectives in order to explore the seminar’s theme. Find out more and register.

(10) Critical Approaches to International Law Symposium: 1 - 4 August, Griffth College Dublin

With the increasing presence of international law in the global order, different theoretical engagements have emerged to explain the international legal system, its actors, processes, norms and values. The Symposium intends to bring academics, researchers, practitioners and students together at Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland, for several days to focus on four main strands within international legal scholarship: Colonial Legacies of International Law and Lasting Consequences of Imperialism; Feminist Theories and Epistemologies from the Global South; Ecologies of Law; Corporations in a Global Society. The strands will be broken into various panels, workshops, reading groups and roundtable discussions focusing on locating the international critically. The symposium program targets lawyers, activists, academics, policy makers, and students who are interested in analysing and situating debates about the nature of international law, its function and values through critical legal theory, third world approaches to international law and feminist legal theory. Find out more and register