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Trinity Development & Alumni host webinars with leading experts from Ireland and abroad, covering the latest developments in health, mental well-being, science, technology, business, art and a wide range of other topics.

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Recent Webinars

Navigating Cybersecurity: Knowing Who and What to Trust

The world of online data security and artificial intelligence (AI) is constantly evolving and complicated. How can we know our access to the web is secure and private, and how much time should we spend protecting our online presence? Are the legal and technical tools needed for the individual to control this keeping up with the accelerating range of data being collected? What are the ethical considerations and implications of new AI technology?. Dr Dave Lewis, Dr Stephen Farrell and Professor Owen Conlan from the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, alongside Clare Conran of ADAPT, address these questions and more.

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More 2021 Webinars:

Beyond Greenwashing: Businesses Responding to the Climate Crisis. Live Streamed June 17 2021

Watch it here.

Young People, Risk, Resilience and Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Live streamed 2 June 2021

Watch it here.

Complexity of Truth-Telling in a Post-Truth Age. Live streamed 19 May 2021

The virtue and complexity of truth telling, and the role of a university in a post-truth world. Watch it here.

Arts, Humanities and Technology. Live streamed 5 May 2021

Snapshots from the Trinity Long Room Hub. Watch it here.

From Brexit to Biden. Live streamed 21 April 2021

Ireland and change in the EU, UK and USA. Watch it here.

Ten Years as Provost. Live streamed 7 April 2021.

A retrospective with Provost Patrick Prendergast. Watch it here.

The Future of Libraries. Live streamed 24 March 2021

Helen Shenton, Librarian & College Archivist at Trinity College Dublin, in conversation with Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library about the rapidly evolving nature and future of libraries. Watch it here.

Equality Diversity, and Inclusion. Live streamed 10 March 2021.

In this webinar, the former President of Trinity Women Graduates (TWG), Dr Meadhbh Hand, facilitated a discussion with Dr Clodagh Brook, the Trinity Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and Dr Vivan Rath, an appointee to the National Disability Stakeholders Group, National Disability Inclusion Strategy Group and the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission Disability Advisory Committee. Our speakers cover recent developments in these areas, identify some of the challenges overcome and lessons learned in making Trinity a more welcoming and diverse institution, and offer tips and ideas on best practice. Watch it here.

Climate Change - A Multi-Disciplinary Challenge. Live streamed 24 February 2021.

Climate Change - A Multi-Disciplinary Challenge Originally broadcast Wednesday 24 February 2021. Our expert speakers:

  • Trinity's Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Prof. Sylvia Draper
  • Prof. Laurence Gill (Environmental Engineering)
  • Prof. Jennifer Mc Elwain (Chair of Botany)

COVID-19 Crisis: Frontline Challenges, Strategies and Vaccination Hopes. Live streamed 27 January 2021.

The COVID-19 Crisis: Frontline Challenges, Strategies and Vaccination Hopes Originally broadcast Wednesday 27 January 2021. Our expert speakers:

  • Professor Michael Gill, Head of the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor Clíona Ní Cheallaigh, Clinical Lead, Inclusion Health Service at St. James's Hospital
  • Professor Colm Bergin Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, St James's Hospital

European Cities Beyond COVID-19. Live streamed 10 February 2021.

European Cities Beyond COVID-19 Originally broadcast Wednesday 10 February 2021. Our expert speakers:

  • Alan Duffy, CEO & Head of Banking, HSBC Ireland and former President of the Trinity Business Alumni (TBA)
  • Professor Greg Clark, Global Head of Future Cities & New Industries for HSBC
  • Dr. Martin Sokol, from Trinity College's Department of Geography

2020 Webinars:

Reinventing Media During COVID-19. Streamed live 25 November 2020.

Reinventing Media During COVID-19 Originally broadcast Wednesday 25 November 2020. COVID-19 has impacted the way we consume media, perhaps permanently. Watch our final Inspiring Ideas @ Trinity webinar of 2020 which explores the pace of change in media consumption and production post COVID-19. This webinar was hosted by the Trinity Business Alumni. It explores how the Media sector itself is responding to digital evolution and the longer post COVID-19 implications.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Streamed live 11 November 2020.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers Originally broadcast Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Our expert speakers:

  • Daniel Faas: Associate Professor in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin
  • Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak: Professor of Economics at Yale University
  • Marina Fernandez-Reino: Senior Researcher at the Migration Observatory
  • Bulelani Mfaco: Spokesperson for (MASI) Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland
  • Binod Khadria: Distinguished Professor, SGT University / Former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Educating Future Innovators: Placing Creativity & Entrepreneurship at the Heart of Learning. Streamed live 28 October 2020.

Educating Future Innovators: Placing Creativity & Entrepreneurship at the Heart of Learning Originally broadcast October 28, 2020. Our expert speakers: Stuart Coulson - Adjunct Professor at Stanford's Sarah Stein Greenberg - Executive Director at Stanford's Ken Finnegan - CEO at Trinity's Tangent

Building Innovation at Trinity: From the Historic to the Future Campus. Streamed live 20 October 2020.

Building Innovation at Trinity: From the Historic to the Future Campus Originally broadcast October 20 2020. Our expert speakers: Sandra O'Connell - Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland; Valerie Mulvin - McCullough Mulvin Architects; Niall McCullough - McCullough Mulvin Architects; Wayne Rothwell - Scott Tallon Walker Architects.

The Future of Start-Ups: The Innovation Landscape after COVID-19. Streamed live 30 September 2020.

The Future of Start-Ups: The Innovation Landscape after COVID-19 Originally broadcast Wednesday September 30 2020. Our expert speakers: Leonard Hobbs, Director, Trinity Research & Innovation; Jennifer Melia, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland; Diarmuid O'Brien, Chief Officer of Innovation & Enterprise, TCD; Declan Weldon, Deputy Director, Trinity Research & Innovation

Secrets to Successful Ageing in a COVID-19 World. Streamed live 16 September 2020.

Secrets to Successful Ageing in a COVID-19 World Originally broadcast September 16, 2020. Our expert speakers: Rose Anne Kenny, Professor of Medical Gerontology & Principal Investigator at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).

Career Development in a COVID-19 World. Streamed live 2 September 2020.

Career Development in a COVID-19 World This webinar, in partnership with the Trinity Careers Service, will explore how COVID-19 is changing the workplace and the impact of this on both career progression and transition. Areas that will be covered include the future of work, priority skills employers are looking for and the role of upskilling, while also giving some insight into the changing labour market across sectors.

Climate, Crisis and COVID-19. Streamed live 19 August 2020.

Climate, Cities and COVID-19 In this webinar, Trinity alumna and G20 Young Global Changer Lyndsay Walsh led a discussion with Trinity academics Prof. Anna Davies (Dept of Geography, TCD) and Dr Marcus Collier (Dept of Botany, TCD) on the ways in which the current pandemic has impacted the global response to climate change and how we might reimagine our urban environments to take advantage of the lessons learned during the crisis.

Sport and COVID-19. Streamed live 5 August 2020.

Sport and COVID-19 The sporting world has been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The world has had to adjust on both a personal and global scale and redefine what sport will look like moving forward. Our speakers share their experiences of COVID-19 and how it has affected their sporting lives.

Networking and Career Transition in a Post-COVID-19 World. Streamed live 22 July 2020.

Networking and Career Transition in a Post-COVID-19 World Kingsley Aikens, CEO of The Networking Institute and Liam Booth, President of Trinity Business School discuss networking and career transition in a post-COVID-19 (PC) world.

COVID-19 and the Future of Architecture. Streamed live 8 July 2020.

COVID-19 and the Future of Architecture In this webinar, Professor Christine Casey of Trinity’s Department of History of Art & Architecture will be joined by Yvonne Farrell of the award-winning architecture firm Grafton Architects to discuss and share their vision for how our built landscape – from Trinity’s own campus to Dublin’s city centre and beyond – may change to adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The Creative Arts Post COVID-19. Streamed live 24 June 2020.

The Creative Arts Post COVID-19 Trinity alumni Ed Guiney of Element Pictures and Lenny Abrahamson, Director and Film Maker, have long been advocates for supporting the Arts. In this webinar, economist David McWilliams interviews Ed and Lenny on why the future of the Arts matters to us all. From the impact of COVID 19 on the creative industries to the opportunity that the Irish government has in reinvigorating this sector, this is set to be a lively discussion.

Cultural Innovation During COVID-19. Streamed live 17 June 2020.

Cultural Innovation During COVID-19 In this Inspiring Ideas @ Trinity webinar, Andrea Bandelli - Acting Director of Science Gallery Dublin, Linda Doyle - Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin, and Ian Brunswick - Head of Strategic Academic Engagement at Science Gallery Dublin discuss how Science Gallery Dublin adapted to a new way of sharing activities and research.

Ethical Responses to COVID-19. Streamed live 10 June 2020.

Ethical Responses to COVID-19 Linda Hogan, Professor of Ecumenics and founder of the Trinity EthicsLab explores the ethical issues that COVID-19 raises for individuals and governments, for healthcare practitioners and patients, for local populations and for the global community.

Legal Responses to COVID-19. Streamed live 3 June 2020.

Legal Responses to COVID-19. In this webinar, Prof Oran Doyle of Trinity Law School will discuss Ireland’s legal response to COVID-19 with Prof Arianna Vedaschi of Bocconi University in Milan. They will explore how different countries have designed their response to the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, they will focus on how it is possible to respect human rights, personal freedoms, and the rule of law in the midst of a global emergency.

Trinity COVID-19 Immunology Project. Streamed live 28 May 2020.

Trinity COVID-19 Immunology Project In this Webinar facilitated by Bursar & Director of Strategic Innovation Professor Veronica Campbell, Kingston Mills, Aideen Long and Luke O’Neill will share their knowledge and discuss their research projects and their vision for how Trinity can leverage its expertise to control the COVID-19 epidemic in Ireland and contribute to the global effort to discover new drugs and vaccines.

Self Care in the COVID-19 Crisis. Streamed live 20 May 2020

Self Care in the COVID-19 Crisis Professor Ian Robertson, Emeritus Professor in Psychology at TCD and Co-Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health Programme at the Global Brain Health Institute (, explores how and why we have considerable control over the brain and will describe simple practical techniques to exercise this control. He also examines how stress is a form of energy that can be harnessed in a way that can benefit us. This webinar is moderated by Dr David McGrath, Director of the Trinity College Health Service.

The Rise of Online in the Time of COVID-19. Streamed live 13 May 2020

The Rise of Online in the Time of COVID-19 Zoom and other video conferencing systems have become paramount to society in recent months. Video conferencing systems are being used for education, business and social interaction across the world. Will this new way of working change how we interact in the future? Join Trinity’s Dr. Brendan Tangney, Professor in Computer Science & Statistics in discussion with Trinity alumn Harry Moseley, CIO of Zoom to answer these and other questions.

Innovating in Times of Crisis. Streamed live 29 April 2020

Innovating in Times of Crisis This webinar will give a sample of what our young entrepreneurial alumni are doing to help in their respective industries during the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing societal issues and adapting to the new difficulties facing their businesses and the world. It will highlight the critical role that business has in aiding both vulnerable groups and the wider community during times of hardship. The panelists for this webinar are: Lizzy Hayashida - Co-Founder & CEO of Change Donations, Aimée-Louise Carton - CEO of KeepAppy, Candace Lafleur - Managing Director of CR Robotics. This webinar will be hosted by Liam Booth, President of the TBA.

Coping with Coronavirus: How to Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health. Streamed live 22 April 2020

Coping with Coronavirus: How to Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health Anxiety-management techniques help hugely once they are modified to suit the new situation that we face, and in Coronavirus: A Psychological Toolkit, Dr Brendan Kelly will give you all the practical tools you and your family need to navigate these dark, uncertain days.