Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Cleraun Media Conference: Growing your audience – effective ways to tell great stories: 16 - 18 November, Institute of Banking, IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin

Scheduled to take place every two years, the Cleraun Media Conferences began in 1986 and have gradually grown in stature. They now constitute an important forum where media practitioners can address and discuss ethical and professional issues which arise in the course of their work in a positive and constructive way. The Cleraun Media Forum, with its evening seminars between conferences, has helped to make this an on-going process. Find out more about the four documentary masterclasses, as well as the other topics being covered, and about the speakers, chairs and sponsors, and how to book.

(2) YOUth Summit on Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals: 21 November, 10am - 4.30pm, Camden Court Hotel, Camden St, Dublin 

YOUth Summit on Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of One World Week, the National Youth Council of Ireland and Concern Worldwide would like to invite you to the: YOUth Summit on Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals. For: Activists - Young people and those who work with young people - Youth sector, Education sector, and Development Sectors. At this event: You will participate interactively to learn more about Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals; hear from young people about their personal experiences; meet people and organisations who are taking action; have the opportunity to discuss the issues and take away ideas for yourself/community/school/organisation; hear about future opportunities to engage. Find out more.

(3) Geography and the SDGs: 22 November, 9.15am - 2.15pm, Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club, The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Wexford

The Geography Society of Ireland in conjunction with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Central Statistics Office and Ordanance Survey Ireland. This conference will focus on establishing the links between government policy on the SDGs and geographic research and work of geographers in relation to the 17 goals. It will also examine the potential for geographers and those interested in geography to contribute to the future of The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan. This half day event will feature speakers from across government and geographers from across the country and will also provide an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback and recommendations for future government policy. Find out more and register.

(4) Development Perspectives SDG Workshops: 26 - 27 November, Kerry and Limerick

How aware are you of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Join Development Perspectives this November in Kerry and Limerick to find out all you need to know about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Life Below Water Workshop: 26 November, 7pm - 9pm, Dingle Education & Training Center, Green Street, Dingle, Kerry: Are you interested in finding out more about Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Life Below Water? Development Perspectives and An Taisce would like to invite you to this two hour interactive workshop which will focus on the importance of addressing Goal 14 - Life Below Water. With oceans covering three quarters of the Earth's surface, containing 97% of the Earth's water, and representing 99% of the living space on the planet by volume, it is essential that we are aware of what actions are being taken at a policy level and what we can do to contribute to achieving this goal. RSVP.

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities: 27 November, 6pm - 8pm, St Lelias Age Friendly Education Center, Kileely, Limerick: This November, Development Perspectives will be hosting a two hour interactive workshop in Limerick focusing on SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities. Half of humanity - 3.5 billion people - live in cities today and 5 billion people are projected to live in cities by 2030. Join us to find out the key areas which are of consideration in creating sustainable cities in Ireland. RSVP

(5) Tearfund Ireland High Level Seminar - ‘Climate, Economics, Innovation and Sustainable Development’: 27 November, 9am - 1pm, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 

Celebrating its 10th Birthday, Tearfund Ireland looks to the next 10 years… As Tearfund Ireland looks back on its role in seeking to eradicate poverty, inequality and injustice, it considers some of the challenges and potential solutions for the next ten years. This seminar draws together various leaders and specialists who are taking different yet complementary approaches to tackling climate change, environmental sustainability and sustainable development. While significant strides have been made in poverty reduction, health, education and inequality, unprecedented challenges still face the world we live in. Hosted by Tearfund Ireland’s CEO Sharan Kelly, seminar speakers include: Ruairí de Búrca, Director General, Irish Aid; Dr. Sean Healy, CEO, Social Justice Ireland; Dr. Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director, Tearfund (UK) who has written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues; Oisin Coghlan, CEO of Friends of the Earth Ireland; Dr. Samuel Cromie, Director of the Centre for Innovative Human Systems, Trinity College Dublin; Dr. Lorna Gold, Project Coordinator (Divestment) Trocaire and lecturer with NUI, Maynooth; International expert in ‘Green and Clean’ sustainable development (tbc). Find out more and register.

(6) Post-Primary Teacher Workshop - From Grassroots to Government: LC Politics and Society Workshop: 27 November, 10am - 2pm, Dublin West Education Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 

Financial Justice Ireland (formerly Debt and Development Coalition Ireland) are running a 1 day workshop for Politics and Society teachers on Tuesday, 27 November from 10am - 2pm in Dublin West Education Centre. The workshop will introduce teachers to our new resource From Grassroots to Government: Embedding Financial Justice in the Leaving Certificate Politics and Society Curriculum and will cover active learning methodologies that can be used to explore the themes of Sustainable Development and Globalisation in the Politics and Society classroom. This workshop will be of interest to current and future teachers of Politics and Society, as well as those interested in development education, bringing active learning into the classroom and using education for social change. Find out more and book a place.

(7) Integrity at Work Conference 2018: 28 November, 9am - 5pm, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin

Would you know what to do if a member of your staff came to you with a report of wrongdoing? To address this question, Transparency International Ireland is hosting the 2018 Integrity at Work Conference on 28 November. The theme this year is 'Learning from Experience'. The conference will explore how employers are responding to the Protected Disclosures Act (2014) and provide an opportunity to interact with speakers from a broad range of perspectives to exchange best practice insights on how to support staff to raise concerns and do the right thing. Book now as member of our organisation and get a 10% discount using this code: INTEGRITY. Read more about the conference and book tickets here

(8) 3rd ESTHER Ireland Partnership Forum: What have we achieved and what can Ireland learn?: 29 November, 9am - 4pm, RCPI, Kildare St, Dublin

The ESTHER Ireland Partnership Forum is a one-day event that brings together ESTHER Ireland Partners, ESTHER Ireland grantees and those interested in partnerships to support learning and sharing of experiences from health partnerships between Ireland and over 15 countries in the South. A variety of partnerships will be presented highlighting lessons learned, challenges and opportunities. Different partnership models will also be shared showing the diversity of Irish-Southern health partnerships. The potential of health partnerships to contribute to the new policy on Irish Aid will be discussed. The Partnership Forum will provide a space for those currently involved in partnerships or those planning to facilitate partnerships to meet each other, learn about each other’s work and come away with a stronger support network and some practical resources that can support the development of sustainable, effective partnerships. Find out more and register for free.

(9) UCDVO Annual Forum - The Age of Activism – Making Space for Intergenerational Learning: 30 November, 10am - 2.30pm, UCD, Belfield, Dublin

Join us for the UCDVO Annual Forum on 30 November. We will be asking the question, how has activism changed over time and what are the opportunities for intergenerational learning? This event is open to everyone to attend and will appeal to those interested in learning and sharing experiences about activism. It will include speakers, a 3 panel, story-telling session and a World Café discussion. Find out more.

(10) 'Ireland's Edge - Place' Conference: 30 November - 1 December, Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Kerry 

Operating as a distinct conference strand within OTHER VOICES, South Wind Blows in partnership with Intel are delighted to present Ireland's Edge - Place. So many notions of place exist in the public and personal sphere, while some can be unconsciously held in the private sphere of the imagination. Within countries and communities there are shared collective ideas of place which are closely connected to those of identity and home. Social, political and environmental change can disturb and even dismantle these embedded narratives of place and identity. For the Irish Diaspora, it’s been the case that different perspectives on place and identity develop in relation to the distance in generations removed from the home country. Sometimes the identification with Ireland can disappear only to reappear in another generation as an affinity with Irish culture, traditional music or literature. In very recent times Brexit, climate change, mass migration and immigration, digital technology amongst other factors have been major disruptors of long held often unexamined ideas about place. Ireland’s Edge 2018 takes some of these themes and interrogates them in the company of an engaged curious attendance and panels of thinkers, policy makers, innovators, commentators and artists. Find out more.

(11) Post-Primary Teacher Workshop - Leaving Certificate Geography and Development Education Workshop: 3 December, 10am - 2pm, Dublin West Education Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 

Financial Justice Ireland (formerly Debt and Development Coalition Ireland) are looking for Geography teachers who have an interest in development education and who would like to get involved in working with Financial Justice Ireland and other teachers to support the development of resources to help teachers in bringing a global justice perspective into their classroom. The commitment is to attend 2 workshops and the first of these 2 workshops will take place on Monday, 3 December in the Dublin West Education Centre, Tallaght at 10am. This half-day workshop will introduce teachers to our new resource From Grassroots to Government: Bringing Development Education and Financial Justice into the Geography classroom. This resource is designed to support Leaving Certificate Geography teachers to explore global justice components of the Geography curriculum using a Development Education approach. The resource focuses on Elective Unit 4: Patterns and Processes in Economic Activities and Optional Unit 6: Global Interdependence. The second workshop will take place in February 2019 and will be an opportunity to provide feedback after trialling the resource materials in your classroom. This feedback will be used to shape the final resource. At the end of the workshop series you will have a resource ready to use in your classroom. Find out more and book a place.

(12) The Brian Ruane Memorial Lecture - Human Rights Defenders: Children’s views on the role of education: 6 December, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Seamus Heaney Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick's Campus, Dublin City University

The Brian Ruane Memorial Lecture, planned in conjunction with Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, celebrates the life of Brian Ruane and in particular his commitment to championing rights as a primary teacher and teacher educator. In this first lecture, we are delighted to present a lecture from Prof. Laura Lundy of Queen's University Belfast, who is presenting a lecture on ‘Human Rights Defenders: Children’s views on the role of education’. Register for free.

(13) 2018 Irish Aid Annual Professor Michael Kelly Lecture on HIV/AIDS: Leaving No-One Behind: 11 December, 5pm - 7pm, Smock Alley Theatre, 7 Exchange St Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin

The 2018 Irish Aid Annual Professor Michael Kelly Lecture on HIV/AIDS will take place in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre on December 11 at 5:00 pm. The theme of this year’s lecture will be “Leaving No-One Behind”. Like in previous years, this event will bring together those of us in Ireland passionate about HIV/AIDS with a diverse panel of speakers from around the world to explore current priorities, commemorate World AIDS Day, and to keep HIV high on the agenda. This year’s lecture will feature a video address from Father Michael, and will be moderated by broadcaster Dil Wickramesinghe. Speakers include HIV activist Robbie Lawlor, Executive Director of SCDI Vietnam Dr Oanh Khuat, and entertainer Rory O’Neil/Panti Bliss. Nicola Brennan, Policy Unit Director at Irish Aid and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon T.D. will give special addresses. Attendance is free of charge and spaces are limited. Find out more and register.

(14) GAP (Gaming for Peace) Soft Skills in Peacekeeping Summit: 10 - 11 January 2019, Trinity College Dublin

The Keynote Speaker is Michael Beary, Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). GAP is an EU H2020 funded project which is developing a curriculum of soft skills derived from interviews with experienced military, police and civilian peacekeeping personnel, and the state of the art in peacekeeping relevant soft skills and serious games. GAP is embedding a selection of peacekeeping relevant soft skills in a digital role-playing game with in-game assessment. The key soft skills are: gender awareness, cultural competency, communication, cooperation, decision-making and stress management. In-game assessment is reported in individual ‘skills passports’ for players, and the learning metrics have been standardized against international benchmarks. The GAP module (curriculum and game) provides an inexpensive, accessible to all, standardized training in soft skills for peacekeeping and is at the cutting edge of State of the Art in the domains of training for peacekeeping, curriculum development, soft skills, assessment, game design and soft skills standardization. Find out more. Register for free.