Conference Programme

Day 1

09:00

O'Reilly Hall

Registration, Exhibition Visit & Networking Breakfast sponsored by Portakabin

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EduBreakfast brings together all delegates, visitors, exhibitors, and speakers in a social environment. A complimentary breakfast is provided from 09:00 to 09:45 on Day 1 (29 November) of the event. E...

10:00

Stage 1

Welcome Address

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Opening address with introduction to the Department of Education and welcome to the Conference.  

Chair

  • Hubert Loftus Assistant Secretary - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

10:15

Stage 1

Inspiring School Design

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Schools must be designed to be used creatively and imaginatively; where learning is not exclusively confined to formal teaching spaces. Learning, social interaction and a sense of belonging come toget...

Speakers

Chair

  • Margaret Brennan Senior Architect - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

11:30

O'Reilly Hall

Conference Session Break & Exhibition Visit

12:00

The Learning Hub

Realising the Benefits of Modular in Education

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CPAC modular have over 40 years’ experience in the successful delivery of projects using offsite structural solutions. Our presentation will outline the design and construction drivers within the ed...

Speaker

Stage 1

Climate & Energy

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Bringing together, the voices of Student, School Management, Energy Training and Educators, Policy Developers and Implementers. This session will focus on the journey towards zero carbon, energy effic...

Speakers

Chair

Stage 2

Procurement Strategy for School Buildings (Green Procurement)

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Public Procurement is an essential element to the ongoing operational management of our primary, second and third level institutions and is a crucial pillar to the successful expansion of our building...

Speakers

Chair

  • David Skene Senior Civil & Structural Engineer - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

13:00

Stage 1

Minister Address

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An Roinn Breisoideachais Oideachais | Department of Education

Speaker

  • Norma Foley Minister for Education - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

13:15

O'Reilly Hall

Lunch & Exhibition Visit

14:30

The Learning Hub

Modular Matters – Discover the Potential of your Learning Space

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One of the biggest challenges for schools and colleges is delivering improvements to their estate without disrupting students and their learning. With modular solutions, entire buildings can be constr...

Speaker

  • Greg Maher Education and Healthcare Specialist - Portakabin Ireland

Stage 1

Project Ireland 2040

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Speakers

  • Murty Hanly Acting Principal Officer | Forward Planning & Site Acquisitions - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education
  • Eoghan Ryan Director of Services – Planning and Strategic Development - Kildare County Council
  • Kevin Meaney Principal Officer, National Investment Office - Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Paul Hogan Chief Planner - Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Chair

  • Valerie Kirwan Principal Officer - Planning and Building Unit - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

Stage 2

Inclusive Design Principles for SEN in Schools

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Inclusive school designs are developed carefully, in close consultation with stakeholders. Through engagement with teachers, specialists, parents and the pupils themselves – we learn from their expe...

Speakers

Chair

  • Karen Hawkshaw Senior Architect, Planning & Building Unit - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

15:15

The Learning Hub

The Importance of Briefing

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BRIEFING making space for learning: connecting pedagogy to design. The Importance of Briefing will highlight the critical work undertaken by the Department of education in developing...

Speakers

15:45

O'Reilly Hall

Conference Break & Exhibition Visit

16:15

Stage 1

Closing Keynote: Responding & Adapting to current Challenges

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This session will provide a sharing of experiences and challenges in respect of school accommodation across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.  Challenges including capacit...

Speakers

  • View full profile for Dr Suzanne KingonDr Suzanne Kingon Director of Investment & Infrastructure - Department of Education (NI)
  • Neal O’Leary Programme Director Sustainable Communities for Learning - Welsh Government
  • Crawford Wright Head of Architecture and Design - Department for Education

Chair

  • Áine Cusack Principal Officer - Schools Capital Appraisal Section - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

17:00

O'Reilly Hall

Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by Cpac Modular

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EduFest brings together all delegates, visitors, exhibitors, and speakers in a social environment in the central catering area. Complimentary drinks are provided from 17:00 to 18:00 on Day 1 (29 Novem...

Day 2

09:00

O'Reilly Hall

Registration & Exhibition Visit

09:45

Stage 1

Minister Address

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An Roinn Breisoideachais agus Ardoideachais, Taighde, Nuálaíochta agus Eolaíochta | Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Welcome address with emphasis on the...

Speaker

  • Simon Harris Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

10:00

Stage 1

Keynote: Introduction to DFHERIS

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Introduction to DFHERIS including the role and responsibilities in funding and policy creation in the higher and further education and research sectors.

Speaker

  • Paul Lemass Assistant Secretary - Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

10:30

O'Reilly Hall

Conference Session Break

11:00

The Learning Hub

Acoustic Design of Schools, including Assisted Learning Needs + the results of the Schools International Survey

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This presentation demonstrates the advantages to students and teachers alike, of an optimal acoustic learning environment to meet the acoustic design of schools standard for all, with solutions for: e...

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Stage 1

Inspiring Tertiary Education Spaces

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Further and Higher Education Infrastructure and systems must be designed to be inclusive, responsive, accessible and connected to society. Investment in infrastructure should reflect the diversity of ...

Speakers

  • Eamonn Dunican Principal Officer - Capital Programmes Unit - An Roinn Breisoideachais agus Ardoideachais, Taighde, Nuálaíochta agus Eolaíochta | Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
  • Ger Casey Chief Executive Officer - Grangegorman Development Agency
  • Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin Technical Advisor - Higher Education Authority
  • Martin G. O’Brien Chief Executive - Louth and Meath Education and Training Board
  • View full profile for Dr. Avril BehanDr. Avril Behan Director of the FET College of the Future - SOLAS

Stage 2

Department of Education Delivery Programmes

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Part One - Introduction and overview of large-scale school building designs being delivered under the Department of Education delivery programmes as part of the commitment under the NDP plan. The spea...

Speakers

Chair

  • Stefan Matthews Technical Manager - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

11:30

The Learning Hub

Why MMC? Why Not?

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Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) includes many emerging systems and technologies, and whilst they may not be a panacea for the multifarious shortcomings in the construction industry, the opportuni...

Speakers

12:00

O'Reilly Hall

Coffee Break and Networking – Day 2

12:30

The Learning Hub

Offsite approach to Sustainable Buildings

Speaker

Stage 1

Universal Design in Education across the Human Life Course

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Universal Design in Education across the Human Life Course: Chair, Dr Gerald Craddock Designing the environment for children and teenagers to access and participate in Educational Settings: Tom Grey, ...

Speakers

  • Dr Anna Kelly Director, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning - University College Dublin
  • Margaret Kinsella Senior Lecturer - TU Dublin, Blancherstown Campus
  • Dr Rory O Sullivan Principal - Killester & Marino College of Further Education
  • Tom Grey Course Director Fire Safety Practice - TrinityHaus

Chair

  • Dr Gerald Craddock Chief Officer - Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at National Disability Authority

Stage 2

Department of Education Delivery Programmes

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Introduction and overview of large-scale school building designs being delivered under the Department of Education delivery programmes as part of the commitment under the NDP plan. The speakers and pa...

Speakers

  • Eamon Murphy Head of Capital and Procurement - Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board
  • Mark Lacey-Avila Senior Architect, Planning & Building Unit - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education
  • Crawford Wright Head of Architecture and Design - Department for Education
  • Ian Naylor Head of DRU - Department for Education
  • Julian Pringle Senior Quantity Surveyor, Planning & Building Unit - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

Chair

  • Stefan Matthews Technical Manager - An Roinn Oideachais | Department of Education

13:30

O'Reilly Hall

Lunch Day 2

14:30

Stage 1

Estate Management

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Managing your Estate effectively will help save money and ensure you have a healthy, safe and sustainable environment. In this session we will have speakers from Department of Education in the UK (DfE...

Speakers

  • Lindsay Harris Deputy Director - Capital Strategy & Intelligence, Department for Education
  • Mark Poland Director of Estates - University College Cork
  • Mary Daly Estates Manager - Atlantic Technological University Donegal
  • Bernard Pierce Project Lead - HSE Capital & Estates ICT Project

Chair

  • Mark Kelly Technical Manager, Planning and Building Unit - Department of Education

Stage 2

Digital Transformation and the Future Education Campus

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Enriched Information Management and Learning Management Environments, and the implementation of digital technologies in the planning, design, delivery and operation of the tertiary education campus of...

Speakers

Chair

  • Ross McNamara Senior Architect - An Roinn Breisoideachais agus Ardoideachais, Taighde, Nuálaíochta agus Eolaíochta | Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

15:45

O'Reilly Hall

Closing Remarks

Speaker

  • Mark Rogers Acting President - University College Dublin

16:00

O'Reilly Hall

Exhibition & Conference Day 2 Close

Registration is live and free to attend for all