12 – 14 NOVEMBER 2018

DUBLIN // IRELAND

12-14 NOVEMBER 2018

DUBLIN // IRELAND

12-14 NOVEMBER 2018

DUBLIN // IRELAND

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Who Will Be There

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Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Iain Crawford
    Prof. Iain Crawford
  • Dr. Ebun Joseph
    Dr. Ebun Joseph
  • Prof. Greg Kopp
    Prof. Greg Kopp
  • Mr. Asad Rehman
    Mr. Asad Rehman

Panellists

  • Ms. Donnah Sibanda Vuma
    Ms. Donnah Sibanda Vuma
  • Ms. Melatu Uche Okorie
    Ms. Melatu Uche Okorie
  • Prof. Michael J K Walsh
    Prof. Michael J K Walsh
  • Dr. Lara Foley
    Dr. Lara Foley
  • Ms. Shamim Malekmian
    Ms. Shamim Malekmian
  • Dr. Donna Maria Alexander
    Dr. Donna Maria Alexander
  • Dr. Daniel Millej
    Dr. Daniel Millej
  • Dr. Debbie Ging
    Dr. Debbie Ging
  • Ms. Clara Rose Thornton
    Ms. Clara Rose Thornton
  • Aideen Quilty
    Aideen Quilty
  • Dr. Conor McGinn
    Dr. Conor McGinn
  • Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh
    Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh
  • Mr. Declan Treanor
    Mr. Declan Treanor
  • Ms. Fardus Sultan
    Ms. Fardus Sultan
  • Ms. Sian Cowman
    Ms. Sian Cowman

Alumni Success Stories

  • Mr. Shane McEntagart
    Mr. Shane McEntagart
  • Ms. Carolina Are
    Ms. Carolina Are
  • Ms. Jessica Kennedy
    Ms. Jessica Kennedy
  • Ms. Rachel Carey
    Ms. Rachel Carey
  • Mr. Trevor Glavey
    Mr. Trevor Glavey

Global Winner Attendees

Brian Hefferman

Dublin Institute of Technology

Li Ling Tan

Nanyang Technological University

Amelia Halls

University of Manchester

 

Cristian Bodner

University of Manchester

 

Lyndsay Walsh

Trinity College, University of Dublin

Sylvia Lee 

National Institute of Education, Singapore

Michaela Taylor-Williams

University of Western Australia

Matthew Barton

Australian National University

 

Melany Toombs

Australian National University

 

Jessica Ramos-Sanchez

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Tiffany Ni

Western University

Rosalind Moran

Australian National University

Emily Morrison

Ryerson University

 

James Monaghan

University of Sydney

 

Laura Trad

University of St. Andrews

Isobel Howlett

University of Glasgow

Yi Xian Issa Sng

Nanyang Technological University

Shamus Lee

University of Exeter

Pascale Wehr

The University of Queensland

 

Alexander Zagajewski

University of St. Andrews

 

Natalya Wickramasuriya

National University of Singapore

Istifaa Ahmed

University of California, Berkeley
 

WELCOME

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) are delighted to welcome you to the 9th Global Undergraduate Summit which will be held in Dublin on 12th-14th November 2018.

At The Global Undergraduate Summit, top award-winning students from all over the world present their work, creating powerful discourse across 25 different disciplines. Cultural awareness and understanding is enhanced as student delegates representing over 45 different countries attend. This is a unique opportunity for students to network and share cross-disciplinary research in a vibrant and engaging space. 

This year, The Global Undergraduate Summit will incorporate nine themes under a central idea: Know Your Worth, Know Your Responsibility. Delegates – students, academics, and industry members alike – will be invited to consider their research in the context of themes including Food Integrity & Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion, and Future Finances. In collaboration across disciplines, guests at the Summit will come together to innovate in addressing problems faced around the world.

We look forward to meeting you in November to celebrate the world’s finest undergraduate research and to share in the development of solutions to issues of global importance. 

Jim BarryChairman, The Undergraduate Awards CLG

Brenda Cullen, Executive Director, The Undergraduate Awards CLG

 PROGRAMME

Please note: This is a provisional programme and is subject to change

MONDAY 12th

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08:00 - 09:00

Delegate Registration, Brain Dates & Networking

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09:00 - 10:00

Presentations by Global Winners

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10:00 - 10:45

Keynote Address - Dr. Ebun Joseph

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10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

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11:15 - 11:30

Highly Commended Elevator Pitch

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11:30 - 12:30

Lunch & Networking

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12:30 - 14:00

Panel Discussion

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14:00 - 15:30

Panel Discussion: Opening the Institution

Opening the Institution: Working Together to Improve University and Workplace Access

With buzzwords like "diversity" running amok, in manners oftentimes meaningless, it is important to consider the actual barriers which prevent individuals from being able to access institutional spaces or to access these spaces with comfort. Classism, racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and many more discriminatory practices can be reproduced within our universities and workplaces, on structural as well as inter-personal levels. This panel, therefore, will consider the ways in which contemporary forms of discrimination operate, specifically in relation to accessing universities and workplaces. Our expert speakers will outline and analyse forms of discrimination which inhibit this access, and will also present their own experiences and work to battle against these barriers. This session will, therefore, be comprised of critical analyses, discussions of activist and advocacy work, and, ultimately, some answers to how we can work together to open our universities and workplaces.

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15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

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15:45 - 16:45

UA Alumni Success Stories

TUESDAY 13th

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08:00 - 09:00

Delegate Registration, Brain Dates & Networking

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09:00 - 09:45

Keynote Address - Prof. Iain Crawford

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09:45 - 10:45

Presentations by Global Winners

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10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

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11:15 - 12:00

Keynote Address - Asad Rehman

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12:00 - 13:00

Highly Commended Elevator Pitches

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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch & Networking

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14:00 - 15:30

Panel Discussion: Combating Crises

Combating Crises: Practical & Critical Approaches to Sustainability

In 2018, occurrences of extreme weather and natural disasters have been alarmingly high. This is a reality which we must address beyond disaster movies. The real-world effects of climate crises are already being felt, and they are oftentimes felt worst by people in already-vulnerable positions. Considering climate change as a threat as well as a contemporary human rights issue, therefore, this panel will discuss the effects of human activity on our planet, and the pressing need for sustainable alternatives to our modus operandi. We will hear from experts with varying experience, both in researching the phenomena of climate crises and campaigning for better solutions. Platforming the importance of interdisciplinary and contributory work, therefore, this panel will entail a challenging, critical, and intriguing exploration of how we imagine and frame climate change, how we currently try to address the realities of climate change, and what we can do to combat these crises.

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15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

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15:45 - 16:45

UA Alumni Success Stories

WEDNESDAY 14th

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08:00 - 09:00

Delegate Registration, Brain Dates & Networking

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09:00 - 10:00

Presentations by UA Global Winners

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10:00 -11:30

Academic Panel

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11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break

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12:00 - 13:00

Highly Commended Elevator Pitch

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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch & Networking

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14:00 - 15:30

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Constructing the Future

Constructing the Future: Technological Advancements and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The "Fourth Industrial Revolution" refers to the technological age in which we currently live. In this era, the boundaries between the physical and the digital are blurred more than ever before. As technology takes an increasingly central role in most of our lives, therefore, many have sought to understand what this role means. We have bore witness to the production of wonderful, assistive devices, as well as the violent weaponising of technologies - so is the technological age good or bad? We can begin to address this question by asking how we imagine, and, accordingly, produce the future. This panel, therefore, will be comprised of an interdisciplinary mix of individuals who examine both positive and negative potentialities specific to the digital age. Looking towards the future on the final day of The Global Undergraduate Summit 2018, this session will challenge the audience to explore the relevance of technology, who makes it, how we use it, and what future we will create with it.

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15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

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15:45 - 16:45

UA Alumni Success Stories

Monday 12th
Tuesday 13th
Wednesday 14th
08:00 - 09:00
Registration, Braindates, & Networking
09:00 - 10:00
Presentations by Global Winners
10:00 - 10:45
Keynote Address – Dr. Ebun Joseph
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00
ShoutOut

ShoutOut is a community of volunteers and activists committed to improving life for LGBTQ+ people by sharing personal stories and educating school students, parents & guardians, teachers, youth workers and workplaces on LGBTQ+ issues.

12:00 - 13:00
Highly Commended Elevator Pitches
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch & Networking
14:00 - 15:30
Panel: Opening the Institution

Opening the Institution: Working Together to Improve University and Workplace Access

With buzzwords like “diversity” running amok, in manners oftentimes meaningless, it is important to consider the actual barriers which prevent individuals from being able to access institutional spaces or to access these spaces with comfort. Classism, racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and many more discriminatory practices can be reproduced within our universities and workplaces, on structural as well as inter-personal levels. This panel, therefore, will consider the ways in which contemporary forms of discrimination operate, specifically in relation to accessing universities and workplaces. Our expert speakers will outline and analyse forms of discrimination which inhibit this access, and will also present their own experiences and work to battle against these barriers. This session will, therefore, be comprised of critical analyses, discussions of activist and advocacy work, and, ultimately, some answers to how we can work together to open our universities and workplaces.

15:30 - 15:45
Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45
UA Alumni Success Stories
08:00 - 09:00
Registration, Braindates, & Networking
09:00 - 09:45
Keynote Address – Prof. Iain Crawford
09:45 - 10:45
Presentations by Global Winners
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00
Keynote Address – Asad Rehman
12:00 - 13:00
Highly Commended Elevator Pitches
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch & Networking
14:00 - 15:30
Panel: Combatting Crises

Combating Crises: Practical & Critical Approaches to Sustainability

In 2018, occurrences of extreme weather and natural disasters have been alarmingly high. This is a reality which we must address beyond disaster movies. The real-world effects of climate crises are already being felt, and they are oftentimes felt worst by people in already-vulnerable positions. Considering climate change as a threat as well as a contemporary human rights issue, therefore, this panel will discuss the effects of human activity on our planet, and the pressing need for sustainable alternatives to our modus operandi. We will hear from experts with varying experience, both in researching the phenomena of climate crises and campaigning for better solutions. Platforming the importance of interdisciplinary and contributory work, therefore, this panel will entail a critical, and intriguing exploration of how we imagine and frame climate change, how we currently try to address the realities of climate change, and what we can do to combat these crises.

15:30 - 15:45
Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45
UA Alumni Success Stories
08:00 - 09:00
Registration, Braindates, & Networking
09:00 - 10:00
Presentations by Global Winners
10:00 - 11:30
Panel: Constructing the Future

Constructing the Future: Technological Advancements and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” refers to the technological age in which we currently live. In this era, the boundaries between the physical and the digital are blurred more than ever before. As technology takes an increasingly central role in most of our lives, therefore, many have sought to understand what this role means. We have bore witness to the production of wonderful, assistive devices, as well as the violent weaponising of technologies – so is the technological age good or bad? We can begin to address this question by asking how we imagine, and, accordingly, produce the future. This panel, therefore, will be comprised of an interdisciplinary mix of individuals who examine both positive and negative potentialities specific to the digital age. Looking towards the future on the final day of The Global Undergraduate Summit 2018, this session will challenge the audience to explore the relevance of technology, who makes it, how we use it, and what future we will create with it.

11:30 - 12:00
Coffee Break
12:00 - 13:00
Highly Commended Elevator Pitches
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch & Networking
14:30 - 14:45
Breakout Session
14:45 - 15:40
Keynote Address – Prof. Greg Kopp
15:30 - 15:45
Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45
UA Alumni Success Stories
Select date to see events.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Through the online registration system, you will have an opportunity to book your attendance, accommodation, and social events all with one click. For any queries regarding registration, socials, tours and accommodation, please email summit@undergraduateawards.com

The congress registration fees for participants are as follows:

Student Registration: €595

General Registration: €595

Accommodation:

Accommodation can be booked at an additional cost through the online registration form. For details on the options available click here

Corporate Registration Information

As Ireland is a hub of many multinational HQ, we are keen that the Undergraduates will network with the industry graduate programmes that are currently on offer to them. As a result of this, we will be offering a limited number of one-day complimentary sessions for corporates like yours to come and speak with a small, intimate group of students throughout three 20 minutes sessions over a course of an hour to tell them why they should work with your company! It’s the perfect opportunity to meet them face to face and nab them before the competition.

 

 

Not included: Accommodation and Awards Dinner

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Through the online registration system, you will have an opportunity to book your attendance, accommodation, and social events all with one click. For any queries regarding registration, socials, tours and accommodation, please email summit@undergraduateawards.com

The congress registration fees for participants are as follows:

Student Registration: €595

General Registration: €595

Accommodation:

Accommodation can be booked at an additional cost through the online registration form. For details on the options available click here

Not included: Accommodation and Awards Dinner

Corporate Registration Information

As Ireland is a hub of many multinational HQ, we are keen that the Undergraduates will network with the industry graduate programmes that are currently on offer to them. As a result of this, we will be offering a limited number of one-day complimentary sessions for corporates like yours to come and speak with a small, intimate group of students throughout three 20 minutes sessions over a course of an hour to tell them why they should work with your company! It’s the perfect opportunity to meet them face to face and nab them before the competition.

 

 

PARTNERS

The Global Undergraduate Summit gives companies a unique chance to meet some of the highest-achieving students in the world in every undergraduate discipline available. The Summit offers a bright young pool of computer scientists, mechanical engineers, analysts, legal professionals, linguists, innovative designers and writers, all eager to learn what your company can offer. We welcome industry leaders in all fields to the Summit to meet our remarkable delegates and present to them on the many options available for their future. We also welcome any company who wishes to showcase their products, services and expertise to over 300 young adults from all over the world.

Return on Investment
For more details on how your company/institution can be a part of the Global Undergraduate Awards Summit contact one of our team below.

Colm O’Grady: Ph: +353 87 2233477 Colm@conferencepartners.ie

Jess Collins: Ph: +353 87 6423055 jess.collins@conferencepartners.com

Brenda Cullen, Executive Director, The Undergraduate Awards CLG: brenda@undergraduateawards.com

UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

PROGRAMME PARTNERS

UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

PROGRAMME PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

GENERAL INFORMATION

ABOUT DUBLIN

Dublin – The Capital

Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and was founded by the Vikings in 841. The city is steeped in history and buzzing with energy. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly cosmopolitan city. Dublin is a thriving centre for culture and is home to a great musical and literary tradition, its native sons include Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Wilde and Beckett.

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CITY OF ATTRACTIONS

The city’s attractions include castles, museums, art galleries, pubs and cafes. Within half an hour of the city are mountain walks, stately homes and gardens, numerous golf courses, sandy beaches and fishing villages. The conference venue is located right in the centre of the city and is very easy to navigate around with everything within walking distance. A city map will be provided in your delegate pack to ensure you are familiar with the city

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CITY OF ATTRACTIONS

The city’s attractions include castles, museums, art galleries, pubs and cafes. Within half an hour of the city are mountain walks, stately homes and gardens, numerous golf courses, sandy beaches and fishing villages. The conference venue is located right in the centre of the city and is very easy to navigate around with everything within walking distance. A city map will be provided in your delegate pack to ensure you are familiar with the city

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THINGS TO DO

There is so much to do in Dublin you will leave needing to come back again to see more! The staff on the registration desk will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have and point you in the right direction. The option to purchase tour tickets will be available when you register

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IRISH THIRD LEVEL INSTITUTIONS

The quest for excellence is the bedrock of the seven Irish universities. They are internationally recognised for quality in education, research and the overall student experience – a recognition they relentlessly strive to enhance. International students are fundamental to this objective.

www.nui.ie

www.thea.ie/about-thea/

www.tcd.ie

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/universities-and-colleges-northern-ireland

IRISH THIRD LEVEL INSTITUTIONS

The quest for excellence is the bedrock of the seven Irish universities. They are internationally recognised for quality in education, research and the overall student experience – a recognition they relentlessly strive to enhance. International students are fundamental to this objective.

www.nui.ie

www.thea.ie/about-thea/

www.tcd.ie

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/universities-and-colleges-northern-ireland

ACCOMMODATION

Rooms have been reserved and special rates have been negotiated with the following hotels

Croke Park           Key Collection Apartments        Generator Hostel

Delegates can choose which accommodation they would like to book on their registration form.

ABOUT CROKE PARK

Croke Park provides an exceptional venue experience with cutting edge technology and infrastructure, complimentary Wi-Fi, stunning city views and a central location. Croke Park is one of Ireland’s largest conference centres with over 5,000 square metres of event & exhibition space, eight large capacity suites for up to 800 delegates and over 90 individual meeting rooms. Each of the unique conference suites offers natural daylight, full blackout facilities and magnificent stadium or city views, and it is also one of the most accessible venues in the world.

Croke Park Stadium is home to the Gaelic Athletic Association or GAA, attracting crowds of 82,300 to Ireland’s national games – Hurling and Gaelic Football. This carbon neutral venue was the first to gain BS8901 Certification, the Sustainability Management System for events. It combines one of Europe’s largest stadia and Dublin’s largest meeting venue, with luxury 4 star accommodation, all in a central location. Croke Park is not just a venue, it is a conference destination.

Register Now!

Through the online registration system, you will have an opportunity to book your attendance, accommodation and social events all with one click. For any queries regarding registration, socials, tours and accommodation, please email summit@undergraduateawards.com

Contact Us

 
Prof. Iain Crawford

Executive President, CUR, University of Delaware

Iain Crawford is President of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and teaches English at the University of Delaware, where he also serves as Faculty Director of the Undergraduate Research Program. At Delaware, he oversees a summer research program that annually enrols more than 500 students, and he has recently launched a research apprenticeship program for early career students. CUR’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013-14, he has chaired its Arts and Humanities Division, co-founded its faculty development institute on undergraduate research in the arts and humanities, co-edited How to Get Started in Arts and Humanities Research with Undergraduates, and is currently leading initiatives to strengthen external support for and expansion of access to undergraduate research. A native of the United Kingdom, he is a specialist in Victorian literature and has published widely on Charles Dickens and Harriet Martineau.

Dr. Ebun Joseph

Royal College Of Surgeons in Ireland

Ebun Joseph holds the position of Career Development Consultant at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Previously, she worked in UCD in a similar role, and, before this, she worked with Business in the Community Ireland for over nine years, as a Training & Employment Officer. Ebun began her academic career with studies in microbiology, and went on to pursue further education, namely receiving a Masters from Maynooth University in Adult Guidance, and an accredited professional diploma in Counselling. In 2015, she received her PhD (her thesis for which focused on racial stratifications in the Irish labour market) from University College Dublin (UCD). As well as a careers specialist and microbiology expert, therefore, Ebun’s many qualifications also include race relations consultancy. This year, she was the Module Coordinator for the first ever Black Studies course in Ireland, which will be taught in UCD’s School of Education. She continues to publish academic works on racism in Ireland, and she is the first chairperson of the African Scholars Association Ireland (AfSAI).

Prof. Greg Kopp

Western University

Greg Kopp is the Acting Dean for the Faculty of Engineering in Western University, Ontario. Having completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1995, he went on to conduct research within the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory. He was promoted to Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of Western University Ontario in July 2007 (with a cross-appointment in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering).

In this position, his research focuses on mitigating wind damage and extreme weather, such as storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Through his expertise in this area, he asks the question of how we can work to construct disaster-resilient communities. For more on this, you can check out his recent Tedx Talk.

Mr. Asad Rehman

Asad Rehman is the Director of War on Want, an anti-poverty charity with links to grassroots social movements, trade unions, and workers’ organisations globally. Through this organisation, Asad’s work focuses on human-rights based social injustices, including economic injustice, conflicts over land and resources, and food sovereignty. With over 35 years of experience campaigning around social, economic, climate, and racial justice issues, Asad has been involved in and acted as spokesperson for some of the UK’s most hard-hitting and transformative campaigns, including Justice for Stephen Lawrence, Jean Charles de Menezes, and Stop the War, as well as being involved with environmental group Friends of the Earth International, and involved in global movements around climate justice and migration. An accomplished speaker, Asad has spoken at various UN meetings, conferences, and seminars, as well as campaign rallies on a variety of global justice issues. In particular, Asad has made pivotal contributions in reframing environmental issues as questions of economic and racial justice through media appearances on national and global outlets, including the BBC, Newsnight, Sky, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Democracy Now.

Ms. Donnah Sibanda Vuma

University of Limerick, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI)

Currently a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Limerick, Donnah Sibanda Vuma is a human rights activist, advocating for the rights of International Protection Applicants in Ireland. She is an active member of several NGOs, community-based groups, and grassroots movements. Notably, Donnah is the founder of Limerick-based community group ECIYC – “Every Child Is Your Child” – which empowers, motivates, and encourages harmony and interdependence among parents, focusing particularly on those living in the Direct Provision system. She is also a co-founder of MASI – “Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland” – an independent platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose, and to seek collective justice through activist campaigns such as the #Right2Work campaign.

Ms. Melatu Uche Okorie

Trinity College Dublin, Skein Press

Melatu-Uche Okorie was born in Enugu, Nigeria and has been living in Ireland for twelve years. She has an MPhil in creative writing from Trinity College, Dublin. Her work has been published in many literary journals, including Dublin: Ten Journeys One Destination, Alms on the Highway (New Writing from the Oscar Wilde Centre), LIT Journal, and College Green Magazine. Her debut collection of short stories, This Hostel Life, was published by Skein Press in May, 2018. This four-part collection contains three of Melatu’s short stories. The first story focuses on life in Ireland’s Direct Provision system, the second on racism in Ireland, and the third on the experiences of a woman pregnant with twins in pre-1900 Nigeria. These stories are followed by an academic essay, written by Dr. Liam Thornton of UCD, regarding the rights of International Protection Applicants in Ireland. Following the success of this publication, Melatu’s anticipated second collection of short stories is due in 2019.

Prof. Michael J K Walsh

Opening Universities for Refugees, Nanyang Technological University

Michael J. K. Walsh has been an educator for twenty-seven years. He completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Cambridge. Throughout his career in the classroom, which he began as a TEFL teacher in Athens, he has worked for many prestigious institutions in Europe, including Inlingua Monza (Italy), TASIS – Hellenic International School (Greece), Francis Holland School (UK) and Rochester Independent College (UK). Following receiving his D. Phil in Art History at the University of York, he became an Assistant Professor at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. He is currently Professor of Art History at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he also works as a Board Member of Opening Universities for Refugees (OUR). Michael is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society.

Dr. Lara Foley

University of Tulsa

Lara Foley received her PhD from the University of Florida and her Undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She is currently the Assistant Provost for Global Education and the Director of the Global Scholars Program at The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma (USA), where she oversees the university’s study abroad and exchange programs, education abroad policies, and the integration of education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum. She co-teaches “Global Challenges,” as well as a summer study abroad course in Berlin and Budapest titled “Sustainability and Urban Development.” Her own research has been in the areas of gender, medicine and law, and she is co-author of Gendering Bodies, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Ms. Shamim Malekmian

Green News Ireland 

Shamim Malekmian is a Cork-based freelance journalist whose work has frequently appeared in national and local publications, including the Irish Examiner and the Evening Echo. An active listener with a keen interest in giving voice to injustice, Shamim regularly writes on community issues and works to publicise wrongdoings, through her own blog, as well as through Green News, for which she is a Senior Reporter. Through her work with Green News, in particular, Shamim draws attention to environmental issues in the Irish media landscape, with the hopes of working to improve our relationship with the natural world.

Dr. Donna Maria Alexander

University College Cork 

Donna Maria Alexander is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of English and the Department of Digital Arts and Humanities in UCC. She currently works on the DARIAH Ireland project “Embedding Digital Literacies in HEIs.” In 2015, she completed her IRC- funded PhD on Chicana Poetics: Genre and Style in Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes. Her research interests include literatures of the Americas, contemporary women’s poetry, postcolonialism, feminism, digital narratives, documentary poetics, and digital pedagogy. Her research has been published in academic journals including The Forum for Inter-American Research, Hybrid Pedagogy, and The Forum for Modern Language Studies. Donna contributes to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in UCC’s Department of Digital Humanities, School of English, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and the Graduate School. She received a UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018, following a nomination by students in the MA in Digital Humanities.

Dr. Daniel Millej

Western University

Daniel Milej received his M.Sc. degree in optoelectronics from Military University of Technology, Warsaw, in 2008 and his Ph.D. from the Nalecz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences in 2014. He is holding Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of the Medical Biophysics at Western University and a researcher in the Imaging Division of the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Canada. He has a strong background in designing and constructing optical systems, modeling light propagation through tissue, contrast-enhanced optical methods, and applying these methods to human studies. His work is focused on developing inexpensive and portable optical technologies (especially time-domain optical brain imaging, functional near-infrared spectroscopy, and diffuse correlation spectroscopy) that can provide a rapid assessment of brain function and health.

Dr. Debbie Ging

Dublin City University 

Debbie Ging is an Associate Professor of Media Studies in the School of Communications at Dublin City University (DCU). Her research is concerned with gender and social media. Together with Dr. Eugenia Siapera, she has recently co-edited a special issue of Feminist Media Studies on Online Misogyny and a book with Palgrave Macmillan entitled Gender Hate Online: Understanding the new Anti-Feminism(s), to be published before the end of this year. Debbie is a member of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, and of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism, both based in DCU.

Ms. Clara Rose Thornton

RTE Broadcaster

Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist, event organiser, and RTÉ radio and television broadcaster. Her work focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, identity politics, history, and place. She is a multiple slam poetry champion, including a three-time Dublin/Leinster Poetry Slam Champion. RTÉ radio programmes to which Clara Rose frequently contributes include “The Ryan Tubridy Show”, “The History Show”, and “Arena”. She was instrumental in founding the inaugural Black History Month Ireland in 2014, and toured the country as the observance’s headlining performer. She performs her provocative spoken word at festivals and venues across Europe and North America. Her print cultural criticism is published internationally, including in the Irish Independent and the Irish Times. Clara Rose is Chicago-born (and proud), New-York-simmered, Dublin-dwelling.

Aideen Quilty

Aideen Quilty is Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice UCD and is Director of the Gender Studies Community/University Outreach Programme. A social justice advocate she locates her undergraduate and post-graduate teaching as a form of critical civic practice and is committed to promoting access and participation for traditionally under-represented groups within HE. She was recipient of a College and prestigious University Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2018. She is currently Co-PI on the first nationally funded research investigation into LGBTQI+ Youth Homelessness in Ireland.

Dr. Conor McGinn

Conor McGinn is an Assistant Professor and co-founder of the Robotics And Innovation Lab (RAIL) in Trinity College Dublin. Conor holds a first class honors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in robotics, both from Trinity College Dublin. His primary area of expertise concerns the design and control of service robots. He holds several patents related to the design of robots, and has been shortlisted for several design awards, most notably winning a national award for Engineering innovation in 2013. Conor is a senior member of the SUGAR Design network and holds membership of IEEE and IET organisations.

Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh

Patrick Paul Walsh is a Professor of International Development Studies in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. He is also a Senior Adviser to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Columbia University, New York. Having held positions as the Dean of Social and Human Sciences in Trinity College Dublin, as a Visiting Senior Research Scholar at the Earth Institute, as a Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven, as a Research Scholar in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, and as an adjunct Professor in the School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University, Paul’s research has covered a breadth of important topics related to the issue of climate change. His current research focuses include Agricultural Productivity in East Africa, Social Security for all, the socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS, elections in Malawi, Post-Conflict Resolution, Cartels and Global Food Security, and issues surrounding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Mr. Declan Treanor

Declan Treanor has been working in Trinity since the  Disability Service was set up in June 2000. He has responsibility for ensuring that Trinity embeds disability-related issues into the core of all thinking and delivery to ensure that the Trinity environment is as accessible to people with disabilities as possible. His extensive  educational background includes a B. Sc. in Science from NUI Galway, a Masters in Social Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Generic (ADOS-G), and an Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorder at Queen’s University Belfast. Declan is the Disability Officer for staff in Trinity and for students who are D/deaf and Students with Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s Syndrome. Nationally Declan works on the National Access Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Disability Officers Working Network and has been working on an extensive research project on inclusive teaching and learning.

Ms. Fardus Sultan

Fardus Sultan is a PhD Candidate, a businesswoman and a community activist. She is a co-founder of an IT consultancy and graphic design company. She is an honours UCD graduate in Politics and Arabic, a holder of iDTP Master Diploma in graphic design and a first class honours recipient in M.Sc. in Cyberpsychology where she also received “The Student of the Year” award. She has also been awarded the prestigious PhD Fiosraigh Scholarship in Dublin Institute of Technology where she is undertaking her PhD on the subject of children’s media literacy skills in terms of social media influencers. Her previous research interests explored a sense of belonging and well-being of ethnic minority women in Ireland in both online and offline environments as well as barriers to social inclusion of refugee women in Ireland. Fardus is also very passionate about community issues and she is currently a Board Director of Southside Partnership, the Chairperson of women4women network DLR, a Founding Member of Sisters of Faith for Peace (Irish interfaith women organisation) and Advisory Board Member of Lift Ireland as well as a member of the Executive Committee of Women in Technology and Science and Muslim Primary Education Board. She is also a PPN representative at the Economic Development and Enterprise Special Policy Committee of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Ms. Sian Cowman

Sian Cowman is an activist and writer involved in environmental and feminist issues. Having completed her BSc in International Development and Food Policy at University College Cork, Sian has gone on to work with NGOs and volunteer solidarity groups. She is the Vice-Chair of the board of Friends of the Earth Ireland, the Coordinator of the Latin America Solidarity Centre in Dublin, and also works remotely for The Democracy Center in Bolivia. Through her work these organisations, as well as her journalistic writings in a diverse range of publications, Sian focuses on community resilience, environmental grassroots organising, and eco-feminism.

Mr. Shane McEntagart

Shane McEntagart holds a B.A in Mathematics and Germanic Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and is a previous winner of the Undergraduate Awards (2013). He is a certified Data Protection Practitioner from the Irish Computer Society, with an interest in financial technology and data privacy. He has recently completed a higher diploma in FinTech, while designing and delivering a course on the GDPR and e-Privacy Regulations at IBAT (Institute of Business and Technology) in Dublin. In his professional role, Shane offers experience in the areas of IT Service Delivery and Project Management in financial services, telecoms, information technology, and the IT security sectors. With 5 years’ experience in the IT security domain, he provides valuable insight into the management of an organisation’s IT systems and their security in today’s challenging technological environment.

Ms. Carolina Are

Carolina Are is an Italian Londoner, currently reading for a PhD in criminology, with a focus on internet trolling, at City, University of London. As a PhD candidate, Carolina also teaches criminology and journalism at her university. A cross-disciplinary Renaissance woman, Carolina not only has experience in journalism and academia: she is also a pole dancer, pole performer, blogger, and published author of the novel Bad/Tender, which focuses on the theme of mental health in relation to abusive relationships. Her decision to move from the PR world to the academic world, however, was influenced by her reception of the Overall Winner award for the Media and Journalism category of UA in 2015. This decision, and her many achievements following this win, will be the focus of Carolina’s UA Alumni Success Story talk.

Ms. Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy is an Occupational Therapist, who was a winner in the Social Innovation Category in UA 2013 for her research paper titled “A Shift from Offline to Online: Adolescence, the Internet and Social Participation.” This paper went on to be shared on the Huffington Post and a later version was published in the Journal of Occupational Science. Jessica currently works as a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist in her own private practice, trading as My OT & Me. She has enjoyed travelling the world and working as an Occupational Therapist, and intends to continue using her creativity and innovation through her work.

Ms. Rachel Carey

Rachel is Chief Scientist with Zinc, a start-up that builds new businesses to address tough social problems. She is also an Associate of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London. She is a behavioural scientist whose experience spans across multiple sectors and settings, having worked on a range of projects in academia and industry. Rachel previously worked as Senior Behaviour Change Research Advisor to the Clinical Team at Bupa. She has expertise in digital health, transport research, and theories and techniques of behaviour change, and is passionate about research translation and social science-based innovation.

Mr. Trevor Glavey

Trevor Glavey is a solicitor in Matheson’s Tax Department.  A graduate of NUI Galway, as part of the international tax group Trevor advises international corporations doing business in and from Ireland on all aspects of corporate tax.  His main focus is in inward investment projects and corporate restructurings as well as mergers and acquisitions on an international and national level. Trevor also advises on Irish stamp duty matters particularly in the context of global reorganisations. Trevor frequently publishes articles in leading tax journals and is currently a committee member of the Irish branch of the Young Members Network of the International Fiscal Association.  Trevor is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute.”

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