Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Dóchas Conference 2019: 2 May, 1.30pm - 5.30pm, Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin

We are delighted to invite you to attend the Dóchas Conference 2019 - Finding Our Voice: How Civil Society is Countering Uncertainty - on 2 May 2019, 1.30pm - 5.30pm, in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. The Conference will explore the key challenges facing international cooperation between now and 2030. It will provide a space for discussion and new ideas about how we can shape the Irish response to these challenges, find opportunities within them, and build public support along the way. Confirmed speakers include Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, and Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available until 31 March, so early booking is advised. Find out more and register.

(2) Have your say! 'What is the role of the EU in supporting a more equal society?': 19 - 28 March, Various Locations

European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland in association with the European Commission Representation in Ireland invite you to a Citizen’s Dialogue workshop. Almost 113 million people, or over 22% of the EU population, are at risk poverty and social exclusion. In Ireland approximately 750,000 people are at-risk of poverty. In a year when the European Parliament elections take place in a Europe which faces many challenges, including Brexit, migration, climate change and delivering social rights, these citizen’s dialogue workshops will ask how can we strengthen social solidarity and ensure that no-one is left behind. These workshops are open to everyone and will provide a good opportunity for discussion on the issues. The workshops are free and all are welcome. Event details: 19 March, Cork Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork City; 26 March Galway Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway City; 28 March Dublin F2 Centre, 3 Reuben Plaza, Rialto, Dublin 8. Registration at 9.30am. Workshop 10am - 1pm. A light lunch will be provided at the end. Speakers: Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University. Hugh is the former coordinator of the European Social Policy Network, which advises the European Commission on social policy and former Director of the Combat Poverty Agency. Paul Ginnell, Director of European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland. Panel members: Representatives from the European Commission and from community and voluntary organisations. If you would like to attend any of the workshops, you can register here.

(3) Bond Annual Conference: 18 - 19 March, London, UK

Attend Bond’s conference to get new insights on crucial global development and humanitarian issues including alternative financing, innovative partnerships, SDGs, the future of large NGOs, leadership and much more. Hear the views of renowned speakers from around the world. Contact Bond for a 15% discount code.

(4) TIDI/CGH Global Mental Health Series 2019: Rape as a Weapon of War: Assisting rape victim-survivors and the prevention of rape in conflict zones: 20 March, 1pm - 2pm, The Global Room, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Rape is one of the most severe human rights abuses. Rape emerges in a variety of different contexts which can greatly impact on the possibilities for assisting victim-survivors. In conflict zones the risk of sexual violence against women significantly increases and rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. This presentation will provide an overview of best practice for assisting women rape victim-survivors in conflict zones with a particular example from the Syrian conflict. Additionally, this presentation will describe an emergent set of strategies that have been identified to reduce the high rate of rape in conflict zones, these include; greater representation of women in peacekeeping missions, the development of tailored sexual-assault services, as well as the establishment of research and documentation centres. Speaker: Rachel Frost, Doctoral Researcher, CONTEXT. Chair: Salome Mbugua (Founder of AkiDWA and President of the European Network of Migrant Women). Find out more and register.

(5) Information Law 2019: 22 March, 8.30am - 1pm, Hilton Charlemont, Charlemont Place, Dublin

Information Law 2019 takes place on 22 March in Dublin. This years’ event will have a data protection focus. It’s almost a year since GDPR came into force. We have seen the first fines levied in Europe, the rise of NGOs and group actions and the first cohort of DPOs are finding their feet and defining this unique role in the public sector and big organisations. Early bird tickets are on sale until February 28 and can be booked here. Conference Chair: Mr Justice Max Barrett, judge of the High Court. Speakers: Deirdre Kilroy – Partner and head of Intellectual Property, Matheson; Elizabeth Farries – Information Rights Project Manager, Irish Council for Civil Liberties; David Fennelly BL- Barrister and Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin; Jennifer McGrath – Data Protection Officer, Houses of the Oireachtas Service; Rachael Gallagher – Manager, Deloitte.

(6) No Poverty Workshop: 25 March, 7pm - 9pm, St. Mary's Youth and Community Centre, 2 Harbour St, Tullamore, Offaly

In March 2019, the SDG Challenge and ATD Ireland will be coming to Offaly to discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focusing particularly on SDG 1 - No Poverty. Globally 783 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day. In Ireland, 780,000 people are said to be living in poverty (Social Justice Ireland Report, 2018). Join us for this free, interactive workshop which we will be hosting to discuss the current situation both locally and globally in relation to SDG 1: No Poverty and find out how you can take action this month to achieve this goal. Limited places available. Register via Eventbrite. Contact: for further details.

(7) Be Heard - Ending Racial Discrimination in Ireland: 30 March, 10am - 4.30pm, The Gresham Hotel, O'Connell St Upper, Dublin

Ireland committed to end racial discrimination when it ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination in 2000. Later this year, a UN Committee of experts in Geneva will assess Ireland’s latest progress report. They will make recommendations for further action that Ireland needs to take. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has a mandate to provide a separate independent report on how Ireland is doing. We know that racial discrimination affects young people in particular ways. We want to include your perspectives, insights and recommendations in the Commission’s report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On 30 March, we want to hear from you on how we can build greater intercultural understanding in Ireland, drawing on young people’s personal experiences. If you’re aged 16-24 and would like to contribute to this event, please register on Eventbrite here. Travel costs for participants will be covered. 

(8) She Is Sustainable Cork: 30 March, University College Cork

She Is Sustainable is coming to Cork. This is a free volunteer-led event to be held in the Western Gateway Building at University College Cork. It started with She Is Sustainable: London in February 2016, a two-day gathering for women working in sustainability, allowing women to share their stories and take part in discussion sessions on all aspects of women’s work and life. There have been eight events since, including a Dublin event in August 2018. This event celebrates women working in sustainability in Cork. We will have over a dozen speakers from various different backgrounds and professions. The event is open to all, not just women, and we would love to see you there. Register and find out more.

(9) Quilter Cheviot Charity Seminar: 4 April, 9.30am - 12.15pm, Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Merrion Rd, Dublin

This year’s series of seminars focuses on the ever changing environment for charities. We will be joined by external experts to talk about the outlook for the charity sector and the challenge of fundraising. From an investment perspective we will look at globalisation and what this means when making investment decisions. Speakers: Robin Thomas CFRE, Managing Director, Morgen Thomas Ltd; Ben Barringer, Technology Equity Research Analyst, Quilter Cheviot. Panel: Chad Gilmer, Managing Director, iPLANiT; Dee McMahon, Finance Director, CMRF Crumlin; Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, Chief Executive Officer, Carmichael; Eoin McBennett, Investment Manager, Quilter Cheviot. RSVP to Laura O'Herlihy at

(10) National Volunteer Management Conference: 10 April, The Marino Conference Centre, The Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin

The National Volunteer Management Conference enables and enhances volunteering through the promotion of best practice in volunteer management. The conference provides the opportunity for volunteer managers to spend some quality time on personal development, networking with colleagues and participating in a host of motivating masterclasses and discussions focused on volunteer recruitment, retention, training, support and management. This event is essential to anyone who manages volunteers as part of their role (paid or unpaid) or anyone interested in volunteer management in the Community & Voluntary Sector or the Corporate Sector. Find out more.

(11) Sustainable Ireland Conference: 11 April, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Croke Park, Dublin

World Vision Ireland and the Irish Environmental Network are holding their 2nd national conference on the Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s conference ‘Sustainable Ireland – Sustainable Food’ will examine the role of small-scale farmers and food producers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a transformative roadmap for sustainable development, in which food and agriculture, people’s livelihoods and the management of natural resources are addressed not separately, but as one. Small-scale food production is at the heart of this vision. As part of the ‘Make Ireland Sustainable For All’ project, this conference seeks to examine both the challenges and enabling factors for small-scale food producers locally and globally, to ensure farming and food production is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and community supported. Find out more. Register here.

(12) IFGH & AMI Student/Young Professionals Workshop & Interactive Debate: 15 April, 6pm - 9pm, Beaux Lane House, Mercer St Lower, Dublin 2

In the lead-up to Access to Medicine's (AMI's) exciting 3rd Annual Conference, titled "Affordability & Innovation", The Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) is pleased to announce the running of a student and young professional workshop & interactive debate. Hosted in RCSI's Beaux Lane House, the event will be run by IFGH's Student Outreach Group (SOG), as well as key members of Access to Medicines Ireland. This evening is open to all, regardless of experience, and will feature discussions around barriers and solutions to access to medicines in Ireland as well as a guest speaker from Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). While registration is free, places are limited - please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Register.

(13) 3rd Annual Access to Medicines Ireland (AMI) Conference: 16 April, RCSI, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin

Hosted by AMI, this free conference will help raise awareness of the reasons behind escalating prices of new medicines. Globally, governments are increasingly reliant on rationing to control costs, thereby reducing access to life saving medicines. Featured speakers include Professor Michael Barry - Director of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics; Ms Els Torreele - Executive Director, MSF Access Campaign; Mr Diarmaid McDonald - Just Treatment UK; Professor Mariana Mazzucato - Video Link - UCL IIPP, patient advocates and a representative from the pharmaceutical sector. For more information and to register for this event, see our Eventbrite page here. Join us to explore proposals to reform the current medicines innovation model to maximise global health gains. If you have any questions, please contact

(14) World Humanitarian Forum: 17 - 18 April, London

The world is at a critical juncture. In the last two decades, each year 218 million people have been affected by disasters, at an annual cost to the global economy that now exceeds $300 billion, according to the UN. The World Humanitarian Forum brings together prominent leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as international thought leaders and pioneers. They engage in inspirational, thought-provoking, and future-focused dialogues that aim to shape the future of humanitarian aid and international development, which will help to improve the lives of millions in need. The World Humanitarian Forum is being launched in 2019 as part of a unique portfolio of events including Aid&Trade London, International Disaster Management Exhibition and Emergency Show. The portfolio is expected to attract more than 4.000 global public and private sector officials and leaders from 50+ countries, and 400+ speakers in London. Find out more.

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

Celebrating The Wheel’s 20th Anniversary. Buy 1 ticket and bring along up to 3 of your colleagues. You can expect our biggest summit yet with hundreds of attendees, over 50 exhibitors, masterclasses galore, interactive case-studies, an inspiring key note address, and some special guests thrown in for good measure! Find out more and register.

(16) Pathways to Clean Cooking 2050 - Leaving No-one Behind: 30 - 31 May, Wexford

2.8 billion people rely on solid fuels and traditional fire simple stoves for cooking and heating. Smoke from biomass fuels is a major health risk, contributes to climate change and in many population-dense settings, use of fuelwood is a major driver of deforestation. With only 10 years left to reach Sustainable Development Goal 7, which includes universal access to clean cooking, an estimated 2 billion people are in danger of being left behind. This conference will explore recent advances and probe continuing challenges. It proposes to focus attention on reaching the furthest behind first. Find out more or submit an abstract.

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

Save the date: 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. Registration details coming soon. This event is for Dóchas members only.