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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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2023 Webinars:

Dracula and Ireland

Originally live streamed November 16, 2023. Watch it here.

Keep Calm and Understand Your Body

Originally live streamed October 25, 2023. Watch it here.

Playlists for the public

Originally live streamed September 20, 2023. Watch it here.

From Front Square to the Olympics

Originally live streamed May 24, 2023. Watch it here.

The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Originally live streamed April 26, 2023. Watch it here.

The Journey of an Idea: Trinity's Young Alumni Entrepreneurs

Originally live streamed April 5, 2023. Watch it here.

Human Nature: Opening the Front Gate to Biodiversity

Originally live streamed February 22, 2023. Watch it here.

2022 Webinars:

Behind the Music: Conductors's Stories

Originally live streamed November 23, 2022. Watch it here.

Recovering History: Beyond 2022 and the Creation of the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland

Originally live streamed October 19 2022. Watch it here.

Sport, Leadership & Social Change

Originally live streamed September 30, 2022. Watch it here.

ESG: What it Means and How You Can Play Your Part

Originally live streamed May 25 2022. Watch it here.

Beyond the Boook: Getting to Know Best-Selling Author Louise Nealon

Originally streamed live April 27, 2022. Watch it here.

Age Proof: Professor Rose Anne Kenny Explores the New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life

Originally streamed live March 30, 2022. Watch it here.

2021 Webinars:

Transforming Disability: How Inclusion Benefits Everyone

Originally streamed live February 23, 2022. Watch it here.

Leading from the Skies: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce in Conversation with Provost Linda Doyle

Originally streamed live on January 26, 2022. Watch it here.

Navigating Cybersecurity: Knowing Who and What to Trust

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 look at how we can be more secure on the web. Originally streamed live on November 17 2021. Watch it here.

The Genomic History of Ireland: How Our Genetic Past Informs Our Present

With Professor Dan Bradley and Dr Lara Cassidy. Originally streamed live on November 3 2021. Watch it here.

Trinity in Translation: Connecting Cultures Through the Centuries. Live streamed October 20 2021

With Professor Michael Cronin and Associate Professor Carol O'Sullivan. Watch it here.

How to have a Health Housing System. Live streamed October 6 2021.

With speakers Professor Ronan Lyons, Associate Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and David McWilliams, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity Business School. Watch it here.

Building an Inclusive Curriculum: Academic and Student Perspectives. Live streamed September 22, 2021.

With speakers Dr Rachel Hoare, Dr Roja Fazaeli and Dr Philomena Mullen. Trinity’s student population is increasingly diverse, with growing numbers from different socio-economic, ethnic, cultural and learning backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and mature students. To celebrate this diversity and continue to strengthen Trinity as a place of belonging for all students, we must ensure that our curricula reflect the values of equality, diversity and inclusion. Watch it here.

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

In partnership with the Trinity Business Alumni, we welcomed Dr Sheila Cannon, Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, who led a discussion with two social entrepreneurs: John Weakliam, founder and CEO of Vita Green Fund, and Ahmad Mu’azzam, co-founder and CEO of Evocco. They will be exploring how businesses can genuinely and authentically respond to the climate crisis, beyond greenwashing. Watch it here.

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

With speakers Professor Michael Gill, Professor Louise Gallagher and Professor Brendan Kelly. Watch it here.

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

Dr Fáinche Ryan, Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology and Dr Alexander O’Hara, Research Fellow in Ecclesiastical History discuss the virtue and complexity of Truth telling, as well the role of a university in a post-truth world. Watch it here.

Arts, Humanities and Technology. Live streamed 5 May 2021

Rapid developments in technology and their significant impact on all aspects of human life are raising profound questions about the prospects for individual and societal well-being.

Professor Eve Patten, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, will lead this discussion with Professor Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing, Jennifer Carroll, Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Jennifer O'Meara, Assistant Professor in Film Studies. Watch it here.

From Brexit to Biden. Live streamed 21 April 2021

Ireland and change in the EU, UK and USA. With speakers Professor Gail Mc Elroy, Tony Connelly and Rory Carroll. Watch it here.

Ten Years as Provost. Live streamed 7 April 2021.

In an interview with Provost Prendergast Jennifer Taaffe, Director of Alumni Relations, discussed his time in office and the transformation of Trinity College Dublin into a truly 21st century institution. 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.

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)

Watch it here.

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

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

Watch it here.

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

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

Watch it here.

2020 Webinars:

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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

Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

'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). Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.

Innovating in Times of Crisis. Streamed live 29 April 2020

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. Watch it here.

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

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. Watch it here.