Public Events

Events open to the Public

"From bench-side to curbside: maximizing obesity research to impact health"

Seminar by Grace O'Malley for info on the speaker go to: Part of the CoE Seminar Series

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside: ‘An apple a day…is it really enough?’

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Heritage and Identity in a Globalising World

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept and development of heritage within an academic discourse -- in particular the way in which heritage studies have developed in response to various critiques of political, cultural, and social globalisation and transnationalism. Presentations will be given by established scholars and postgraduate students. Our keynote speaker, Professor John Wilson Foster (QUB Honorary Research Fellow), will present on the RMS Titanic, heritage and Belfast. Panels will focus on topics ranging from food tourism and cultural unionism. Panellists are as follows: Linda Maher (UCD) Kevin McNicholl (QUB) Adriana Salas (UCD) Erin Hinson (QUB) Elaine O’Driscoll (UCC) Julia Andrade Rocha (QUB) Lauren Ferguson (QUB) Lisa Bogert (QUB) Frances Harkin (QUB)

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson: 'Epidemiology counts - childhood diabetes matters'

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Seminar by Professor Steven Cummins LSHTM

Professor Steven Cummins "Measuring environmental exposure in physical activity and diet research: some thoughts from the ORIEL and other studies" Everyone welcome Sandwich lunch provided

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An evening showcasing the work of some of Northern Ireland's most talented emerging writers, and 2014-15 ACNI Artists Career Enhancement Scheme awardees: Steve Cavanagh, Jan Carson, Paula Cunningham, Nathanial McAuley and Rebecca Reid.

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Mobility and Equality - Friend or Foe? Call for Papers for lunchtime research seminar on 7 June 2016 in Belfast

Free movement of persons offers immense opportunity for integrating Europe's societies. Nonetheless, its alleged negative effects are in focus in the UK referendum debate as well as in other Member States. Mobility paired with equality is portrayed as enhancing inequalities, threatening social cohesion and ruining national welfare state arrangements. These fears inhibit proactive policies to explore the potential of mobility. The first research seminar of the JMCE "Tensions at the Fringes of the EU" (TREUP), kicking off with a key note by Catherine Barnard and further contributions by Dagmar Schiek, Yvonne Galligan and Bal Sokhi Bulley, offers a forum for interdisciplinary exchange on the interrelation of mobility and equality, the relevance of mobility for EU citizens as well as non-EU citizens, and its impact on inequalities resulting from gender, ethnicity, race, disability and their intersections. Papers on all aspects of mobility are invited (for more information).

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Speaking Out Online: Narratives of Sexual Violence and the Internet

Abstract This paper makes use of select examples to ask about the effects of the internet and social media on the ability of survivors of sexual violence to speak and be heard about their experiences. Survivors of violence have access to multiple forums in which to speak about such violence, and even arguably have greater access to mainstream media. Recent years have also seen the rise of online feminist activism and communities which facilitate these acts of speaking. However, social media and online interactions remain structured through relations of social power, and the online world is equally known for the vitriolic misogyny as feminist activism. Consequently the paper argues that while these technological developments alter the cultural terrain for speaking out they do so in complex and contradictory ways.

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The McCosh Lecture

The Annual Religious Studies Lecture at Queen's will feature Marilynne Robinson, the American novelist and essayist who will be speaking on ' Religion and Literature'. Ms Robinson has received several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005 and the 2012 National Humanities Medal. Following on from her lecture there will be an Interview and Open Forum hosted by William Crawley, BBC broadcaster.  Please note this event is now fully booked and tickets are no longer available. 

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Duo Harpverk

Frank Aarnink (percussion) and Katie Buckley (harp)

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KPMG Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Address

KPMG Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Address
hosted by the Queen's Management School and the Chief Executives' Club at Queen's

Mr Patrick Nelson
Chief Executive, Irish Football Association

'Strategy, Structure, Stadium and Success:  The Four S Approach of the Irish Football Association'

Thursday 21 April 2016
Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Queen's University Belfast

The address will begin at 6pm sharp, followed by a canape reception at 7.15pm

Please note places are limited.  To register please email Brenda Carabine:

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Wine Tasting: Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Let's get Fizzical! Tasting approximately 10 wines we will take a look at the production of sparkling wine with samples from France, Spain, Italy and "New World" including Champagne and the ever popular Prosecco.

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'The Economic Implications of Brexit in Northern Ireland'

Centre for Irish Business and Economic Performance, Queen's Management School;
the Chief Executives' Club at Queen's; and Nevin Economic Research Institute

'The Economic Implications of Brexit in Northern Ireland'

Dr Edgar Morgenroth, Economic and Social Research Institute

Panel Discussion Chair
John Campbell, BBC Northern Ireland Economics and Business Editor

Panel Members
Dr Esmond Birnie, Chief Economist, PwC
Angela McGowan, Chief Economist, Danske Bank
Paul MacFlynn, Economist, Nevin Economic Research Institute

The talks will begin at 6pm sharp but please arrive by 5.45pm.
Refreshments will be served after the event.

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Coach Yourself to Greater Success

Are you optimising your potential in all areas of your life and work? Do you want to renew your energy, build better relationships or have a better work-life balance? Coaching is about helping us to grow and obtain more clarity around what we want from life. This one day workshop will help you become your own life coach and empower you to take charge and unlock your full potential.

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18th Century Belfast and its Attitude to Slavery

In 1786 an attempt was made by some Belfast merchants to set up a ‘Belfast Slaveship Company’. It was thwarted by Thomas McCabe, one of the many enlightened citizens of Belfast who opposed slavery. Thomas McCabe was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street and we will meet there to continue the story. Visits to nearby buildings that tell the slavery story are included. Meet at First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street.

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Vous Chantez?

Two half day workshops on Wednesdays 4 and 11 May. Improve both your pronunciation and your vocabulary while practising and learning French songs. In a fun and relaxed format, you will participate in two workshops using songs from the 30s to the present. These workshops are aimed at people with all levels of French looking to develop their confidence in speaking French in a non-formal environment.

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Toujours Prêt: French for the Worst Case Scenario

This short course is suitable for students with an intermediate level of French. What do you do when a French ATM swallows your bank card? You miss your connecting flight? The train conductor catches you with a non-validated ticket? You will also learn how to send an email to request a compensation for your luggage arriving late at your holiday destination or a text message to let your gite owner know your ferry has been delayed. We will take a fun approach to dealing with nightmarish scenarios that befall the traveller to France. (Please note amended course description)

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"Concerts of electroacoustic music by the University of Huddersfield, led by Prof Michael Clarke "

Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music - "Creative Technologies". For more information please visit:

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Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Seminar

A research seminar hosted by the Centre of Eighteenth Century Studies at Queen's. Dr Tanja Kovacevic (Belfast), "The Reception of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in Bohemia"

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How to Write for Profit and Pleasure

Under the guidance of the award-winning journalist and author Alf McCreary, the participants will be given advice about turning their ideas into print, and they will also learn about publishing, book-writing, journalism and other important aspects of the writing business. The course is held in an informal atmosphere and it is aimed at people who have not written before, and also those who have produced written work which has not yet been published.

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Aromatherapy for Pleasure and Wellbeing

This course is a fun guide to the use of essential oils for pleasure, relaxation and general wellbeing. We will look at the history of aromatherapy for holistic health before moving on to experiment with smelling and blending oils, and getting advice on how best to use some of the most commonly available oils at home to enhance rooms, baths and massage preparations. You will create your own unique blend to take home and enjoy.

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2015 KLT and YLT Results Launch

Invitation to the joint launch of 2015 Kid's life and Times (KLT) and Young Life and Times (YLT) survey results. The topics covered in the 2015 survey include: Community Relations; Shared Education; Young Carers; Child Sexual Exploitation; Strategies for Staying Calm in School; Sport and Physical Activities; Aspirations to study/work abroad or learn an additional language. Opening address by June Wilkinson, Head of the OFMDFM Children and Young People's Unit.

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*Schedule Change* David McCann (cello) and Simon Mawhinney (Piano)

**Schedule change**

David McCann (cello) and Simon Mawhinney (Piano)

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Wiles Symposium: New Approaches to Public History

The Queen’s University Wiles Colloquium 2016 brings together researchers, curators and practitioners from across the UK and Ireland to find New Approaches to Public History. In particular, the discussion will focus on how collaboration across sectors can develop mutually beneficial research and practice capable of delivering important social, cultural and economic impacts.

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The QUB Big Band Spring Concert

QUB Big Band, directed by Steve Barnett The popular spring concert of classics old and new, given by the QUB Big Band under the direction of Steve Barnett.

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Stressbusters: How to live a Calmer, Healthier, Happier Life

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the speed and stress of modern living? Do you long to spend more time doing things you love, with people you love, but somehow there just isn’t enough of you to go round! The tutor is offering what promises to be an entertaining day to help you decide on your priorities and stake out the energy vampires. You will come away with a whole menu of physical and mental tactics to banish anxiety, insomnia and lethargy and replace them with a new found serenity and zest for life.

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Immram to Innishowen: Field trip to Donegal

An 'Immran' in Celtic mythology was a spiritual journey to ‘mystical places beyond the waves.’ This one day field-trip, linked with the autumn course – ‘Quest for the Sacred Feminine’ – will explore two ancient sacred sites.

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Wiles Lectures 2016: 'Imagining War in the Twentieth Century and Beyond'

The Wiles Lectures for 2016 will be delivered by Professor Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, on 18-21 May 2016.

Professor Winter's Wiles lectures will be given on the theme: 'Imagining War in the Twentieth Century and Beyond'.

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'Go for It': Developing Confidence where it Matters

Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life and affects our performance in everything we do. You are capable of far more than you think and greater confidence helps you realise your full potential. This practical one-day workshop will help you develop more confidence in yourself where it matters most: personal and social life, work and career, job interviews, public speaking, exams and sport.

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Wine Tasting: Wines of Brodeaux and Rhône Valley

Over 2 weeks on Mondays 23 and 30 May we will take a look at the various regions and wines from the famous vineyards of Bordeaux including the Médoc, Saint-Emilion and Sauternes plus Hermitage, Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône valley. These will be mainly red wines but a few whites will be included.

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‘Reflections on Peace in a changed Ireland’ By Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice is greatly honoured to have one of Ireland’s most distinguished statesmen former Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern to close the 2016 Spring Festival by speaking on:

‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland’

There will be an opportunity for a question and answer session after the address. Q&A facilitated by Jim Fitzpatrick, award-winning independent broadcaster and producer.

Mr Ahern was first elected to the Dáil in 1977. He served as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), as well as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Minister for Industry and Commerce and Minister for Finance. He was first elected Taoiseach in June 1997, re-elected in June 2002 and again in May 2007. In 1997, Bertie Ahern received widespread praise for his political skills in ensuring that his administration served its full five-year term and delivered on real political and economic progress for the Irish people. The defining moment of this period and a defining moment in Irish history was the successful negotiation by Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair of the Good Friday Agreement between the British and Irish Governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland in April 1998. During his Presidency of the European Council from January to June 2004, Bertie Ahern oversaw the historic enlargement of the European Union to 27 member states, including eight countries from Eastern Europe. He encouraged Ireland to take leadership roles on key global issues, such as increasing aid to developing countries and tackling the spread of HIV AIDS. Bertie Ahern's achievements as a leader at home and abroad have been recognised internationally. He has received honorary degrees from several universities and is one of only five people to enjoy the great distinction of having been invited to address both the Houses of Parliament at Westminster and the Houses of Congress of the United States in Washington D.C. Since leaving Government in 2008, Bertie Ahern has dedicated his time to conflict resolution and is actively involved with many groups around the world.

In Collaboration with The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s University

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Please click below. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.

Registration closes 20 May at 12pm


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Social Skills for children/young people with ASD

PEAT through funding from the Big Lottery Fund can offer support and training for individuals with Autism as well as those involved with the individuals. PEAT is aware of the struggles faced by children/young people with autism at school as well as the difficulties/challenges faced by those involved with the children/young people. Through this project PEAT Behaviour Analysts are providing support and training to help teach and support the individuals with autism, their parents, teacher, teaching staff etc. The Centre for Behaviour Analysis in collaboration with, 'Parents' Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT)', are offering five training events as part of the ongoing Big Lottery Fund project.

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JAM Four Creative Music Technology pupils concert

Around 20 pupils presenting their end-of-the-year concert, showcasing their learning and performaing with Creative Music Technologies.

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JAM Junior Academy of Music Summer Concert

Around 200 pupils age 4-17 attending different JAM programmes will be showing their musicianship skills through choral singing, brass band playing, guitar and flute ensembles.

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