Tuesday 6 November

Former President delivers Inaugural Senator Mitchell Peace Lecture

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Commissioner for Human Rights will deliver the inaugural Senator George J. Mitchell Peace Lecture, hosted by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast.

Mrs Robinson will reflect on the role of Senator Mitchell in peace negotiations across the world, including the major role he played in the peace process in Northern Ireland. The lecture is entitled: Senator George J. Mitchell: A True Champion of Peace.

Register for the free public event.

Serving from 1990-1997, Mrs Robinson was the seventh, and first female President of Ireland. She was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002.

With a commitment to empowering the poor and marginalised, Mrs Robinson works to secure global justice for vulnerable people across the world. In 2004, she received Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award for her work in promoting human rights.

The event will be held in the Isdell Courtyard at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.  Reception from 5.00pm. The lecture will commence at 5.45pm – 7.00pm.

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25 October


Thursday 25 October 

Join us on 25 October in Queen’s University Belfast for the next event in our Global Challenges Debates Series and hear from world-leading experts to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing us today.

Hear from Professor David Livingstone (QUB) and Professor John Hedley Brooke (Oxford).

See further details here.

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8 November

Engineering Parents’ Evening

Thursday 8 November 2018, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Whitla Hall, Queen’s University

For year 11-14 students and their parents who are studying or considering studying A-Level Mathematics and Science/Technology.

Hear why you should consider an engineering degree and learn about the exciting prospects for graduates from students and employers in these areas:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Product Design Engineering
  • Software and Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Audio Engineering

Find out more and register:

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13 March

Science at Queen’s Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Whitla Hall, Queen’s University

For Years 11, 12 and 13 students and their parents who have an interest in:

  • Archaeology and Palaeoecology
  • Chemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology

Find out more and register:

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Past events

Third International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury

26-28 September

International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury

Wednesday 26- Friday 28 September, Riddel Hall, Queen's University

Queen's University, in partnerhsip with the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) is pleased to announce that the Third International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury will be held in Riddel Hall, Queen's University, from 26-28 September 2018.

The theme of the conference is: Promoting well-being in children and young people with acquired brain injury and their families and builds on the success of IPBIS’s prior conferences held in Liverpool (2015) and Rome (2017).

The conference will focus on the development of innovative treatments, rehabilitation programmes, support mechanisms and ways to improve the lives and potential of young people affected by brain injury. The educational programme will be inclusive of all issues relating to paediatric brain injury, both traumatic (e.g., external physical force injuries, penetrating injuries) and atraumatic (e.g., infectious diseases, tumours, stroke, neurotoxic poisonings).

To register your place, please visit International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS).


6-8 September 2018


6-8 September, Queen's University

Open days for School Groups: Thursday 6 – Friday 7 September 2018, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Primarily for prospective students from Northern Ireland schools, these events provide a targeted programme of events, talks and tours. Bookings are made directly by the Careers department in your school.     

Family Open Day: Saturday 8 September 9.30am – 2.30pm
Our Undergraduate Family Open Day is an opportunity for all parents and students from any locality to experience our beautiful campus first hand and find out everything about studying and living at Queen’s. Register now.

See this page for more details on our Undergraduate Open Days.

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23 - 24 August

Global Conflict | The Human Impact

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 August 2018, Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University

The University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast will convene world leaders, scholars and those who are actively working on the ground in conflict zones for Global Conflict | The Human Impact.

This two-day conference will examine the lessons learned from resolved conflicts, challenges presented by current conflicts, and the tremendous negative impact on individuals and families.

See further details and register for the event here.


28 June - 4 July

Summer Graduation

Thursday 28 June - Wednesday 4 July 2018, Sir William Whitla Hall

The Registration Wizard for Summer Graduations will be available on Qsis between Monday 21 May 2018 at 10am and Friday 15 June 2018 at 12 noon.

See the Graduation website for additional details.

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9 June


Saturday 9 June 2018, River Lagan

Let the countdown begin... Save the date!

Queen's take on Trinity on the Lagan for the Queen's University Boat Race Saturday 9th June 2018.

Watch this space for news from the crews and details about race day.


28 -31 May


Monday 28 - Thursday 31st May, 17.00-19.00, Waterfront Hall

The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity 2018 will bring together representatives from international and governmental agencies, the academic and industrial research community, non-governmental organisations and the commercial & technical leaders in the food industry and its supply chain to discuss, debate and provide leadership on tackling a range of serious challenges that face the integrity of our global food supply system.

Contact us about the event:

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21 - 22 May


Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Queen’s University is proud to be working in partnership with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Allstate Northern Ireland (NI) and NI Women in Business on an annual series of international conferences on the theme of Women and Leadership in a Changing World. 

The conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities of woman in leadership in todays changing world.

This year we will focus on the themes of Equal Pay, Equal Opportunity; #MeToo – Opening the Conversation; The Future of Work; and Women in Society.

See further details and register for the event here.

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16 - 19 May


Wednesday 16 May - Saturday 19th May, Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon Building

The invited speaker for the Wiles 2018 is Profesor Alison Bashford, Research Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Australia.  Alison Bashford, FBA, FAHA, is an historian of global science currently based at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where she is Director of the New Earth Histories Research Program. She was Vere Harmsworth Professor of History at Cambridge, and Whitlam and Fraser Professor at Harvard University, in the Department of History of Science. Her books have explored the complex relationships between world history, environmental history, and the history of science, with a recent focus on population.

More information about the Wiles Lectures


9 - 10 May


Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 May 

Running on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May, Belfast 2018 will be CSIT's 8th World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit. Part of the Summit's uniqueness is its bringing together the international research community alongside industry leaders, government policy makers, start-ups and SME's from around the world.

For researchers and technologists, the event will focus on planning today for the cyber security challenges of tomorrow. In terms of innovation, this event represents an opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, the growth of new cyber security companies with global ambitions.

There are no registration fees or sponsorship opportunities. Notwithstanding, this is an invite only event.

Registration - opening soon.

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11 April

Ireland and China, Networks of Information and Ideas, 1735-1949

Wednesday 11 April, 12pm, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Members Room

Dr Aglaia De Angeli and Dr Emma Reisz (HAPP, Queen’s) along with Dr Isabella Jackson (TCD) will convene a symposium at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on Wednesday 11 April exploring the historical networks linking Ireland and China.

The symposium, Ireland and China: networks of information and ideas, 1735-1949, will showcase current scholarship examining the channels through which information, knowledge, culture and ideas were exchanged between China, Ireland and Britain, and how this helped to shape interactions between China and the West from the late Qing to the Republican periods.  

Find out more.

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10 April

Building Peace: The Belfast/Good Friday agreement 20 years on.

Tuesday 10 April, Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

Key figures from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement period are gathering at Queen’s University Belfast to mark the Agreement's 20th Anniversary.

Chair of the talks and former US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, Senator George J. Mitchell will be joined by Bertie Ahern, Jonathan Powell, Gerry Adams and Lord David Trimble as well as a number of other key players.

The event is free to attend and was open to the public. Unfortunately, registration has now closed as all tickets have been allocated. Tickets were issued on a first come first served basis.  Find out more.

12 -18 March

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics 2018

Monday 12 - Sunday 18 March, Multiple venues across Belfast

The 2018 Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics will take place from 12–18 March, with more than 80 events.

A number of events are being held by Queen's academics and researchers both on and off campus.

View the Festival programme here. For further information on the Festival, contact Kevin Fearon:


8 March

Financial Services Lecture - Bradley Birkenfeld

Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Riddel Hall, Queen's Management School

Queen's, in association with FinTrU, will host world-renowned whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld at Riddel Hall, Queen's Management School on Thursday 8 March 2018 from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Guest speaker, Mr Birkenfeld is a former investment professional and has been called the most significant financial whistle-blower in history. As an international private banker he exposed how UBS, one of the world's largest banks, helped wealthy Americans commit billions in tax fraud. His revelations highlighted the role of offshore financial institutions in systematically aiding clients' tax evasion, corruption and terrorist activities.

For more information and to register your attendance, please click here.

7 - 23 February

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Queen's - Happy Year of The Dog!

Wednesday 7-23 February, 1.00-2.00 pm, Auditorium, The McClay Library, A Programme of Chinese Cultural Talks

Monday 12 February, The McClay Library - 12:30-12:45; The Lanyon Building - 12:50-13:05; The Main Site Tower - 13:10-13:25, A vibrant and spectacular Lion Dance Parade

Monday 12 February, 13:30 – 15:30, The Main Site Tower, Interactive Cultural Displays

The Language Centre at Queen’s is pleased to invite you to join us in welcoming the Year of the Dog with a variety of cultural celebrations. All Queen’s staff and students are welcome to attend all of these events. Visit our Facebook for the programme of events and updates.  

Read more about how we celebrated Chinese New Year at Queen's.

15 - 21 February

NI Science Festival

Thursday 15th - Wednesday 21st February, Various locations

With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold.

During the day, the Festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening we will present an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults.

Click here to view events held at Queen's or hosted by Queen’s academics.

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16 February

2018 Eaton Lecture: Sustainability and the United Nations SDG's

Friday 16 February, 9:45am - 11am, The South Dining Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

We are delighted to invite you to attend the 2018 Eaton Lecture, this year given By The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada. 

Ms. Dowdeswell serves as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada’s largest province. In this role, she has held hundreds of conversations with thousands of people, challenging them to think deeply about their role not just as residents of a province within Canada, but as global citizens. In doing so, she has emphasized the imperative of sustainability and its three interrelated components: inclusive economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and social cohesion. 

Please register your place here.

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20 February

The 17th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture

Tuesday 20 February, 17.30-19.30 pm, Riddel Hall, The 17th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture

This year, Engineers Ireland and Queen’s University, in association with The Institution of Engineering and Technology, are delighted to welcome Professor Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and of TVs ‘Robot Wars’, to give the 17th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture.

Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students for Queen’s University Belfast, will give the welcome address at this prestigious event, which is also part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

See further details and register your place here.

22 February

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences parents'/guardians' evening

Thursday 22 February 2018, 7.00pm-9.30pm, Whitla Hall, Queen’s University

At this event you and your parents/guardians will find out about the broad range of degrees available in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's.

You will hear about the subjects and grades you need at GCSE and A Level (or equivalent) to gain entry to the degrees, and also the career options open to you.

You will also have the opportunity to chat informally with staff and current students.

Click here to register

Human Rights In An Age Of Trump And Brexit

22 February

Human Rights In An Age Of Trump And Brexit

Thursday 22nd February, 17.00-18.30, The Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon South, Queen's University Belfast

Join us on 22 February in Queen’s University Belfast for the next event in our Global Challenges Debates Series and hear from world-leading experts to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing global politics today.

In this public discussion, two of the world’s leading thinkers consider the continuities, complexities, and transformations involved in what some have seen as a new era of western politics.

Doors open at 4.30pm. Seats will be issued on a first come, first served basis (no registration required).

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1H Meet the faculty showcase event

26 February

Meet the Faculty Showcase

Monday 26 February, The Graduate School

Hear from our current PhD students, early career researchers and supervisors who will showcase the cutting edge research that they are currently undertaking.

Talk to our Faculty experts on the range of exciting world class research opportunities available at Queen’s for 2018 entry.

Register here.