Every year Trinity plays host to a number of high profile and thought-provoking speakers.

We have curated a selection of these talks for you below. If you would like to highlight other talks you think would be of interest to our Trinity alumni and friends please let us know by contacting alumni@tcd.ie.

Blockchain Masterclass - hosted by the TBA on 18/7/18

The Trinity Business Alumni presents an MBA masterclass on: Everything you wanted to know about Blockchain but didn’t know who to ask. Anthony Day, COO of Deloitte’s EMEA Blockchain Lab shares his experience of working with Blockchain and other disruptive technologies and illustrates how Blockchain is changing industries and value chains worldwide.

View Anthony Day's Talk

'Managing the Machines' - Professor Genevieve Bell on 11/7/18

Professor Genevieve Bell presents the inaugural talk of the series on ‘Managing the Machines’. Professor Bell is an anthropologist, technologist and futurist, and is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development. She has spent over 15 years at Intel where she was promoted to Vice President for Strategy and was also elected as a senior fellow, the first female to achieve this position in the company. She now heads up a new institute at the Australian National University called the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched in September 2017 focusing on building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.

This is the inaugural talk of a new public lecture series 'What does it mean to be human?' organised by Trinity's Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, more information on upcoming events can be found on the Long Room Hub website.

View Professor Bell's talk

Henry Grattan Lecture by Former President Professor Mary McAleese on 25/6/18

On 25th June the Embassy of Ireland London hosted the sixth annual Henry Grattan Lecture in partnership with Trinity College Dublin, featuring former President Professor Mary McAleese in conversation with RTÉ's northern editor Tommie Gorman on the subject ‘Ireland-UK relations – past, present and future’.

Listen to the talk here

Hillary Rodham Clinton Lecture at Trinity on 22/6/18

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, gave a public lecture in Trinity College Dublin on Friday 22 June. The lecture was followed by a conversation with the Chancellor of the University, Mary Robinson during which Secretary Clinton explored her views on democracy, women in politics and the current challenges facing American society. Secretary Clinton was in Dublin on the occasion of being awarded with an honorary degree at Trinity College Dublin.

View the lecture here

Computer Science: Then and Now on 19/6/18

This event opened with a tribute to Professor John Byrne by Professor Jane Grimson, Fellow Emeritus and Pro-Chancellor of the University. Affectionately remembered as ‘Prof Byrne, the father of computing in Ireland’ we heard about his pioneering work in introducing Computer Science as an academic discipline in Ireland and how he has influenced so many world scholars and leaders.

The second part of the evening was an address from Professor Carol O’Sullivan who highlighted the exciting activities within the School and the cutting-edge research and associated spin-offs. She looked at the future of computing and ways that Alumni can get involved in shaping that future.

View Professor Jane Grimson's talk

View Professor Carol O'Sullivan's talk

Trinity Tech Series – Engaging with Research and Innovation on 14/6/18

The Trinity Tech Series aims to bring alumni and leading Trinity researchers from multiple disciplines together to showcase current work, discuss future trends and explore opportunities for engagement and collaboration.

In this inaugural lecture Professor Luke O’Neill, Chair of Biochemistry and entrepreneur, is in conversation with:

• Dr Conor Harkin – Proverum, an early stage medical device company developing an innovative medical device technology to treat prostate gland issues

• Lucy O Keeffe – CroiValve, an early stage medical device company focused on developing a minimally invasive device for the treatment of a heart condition

• Dr Matthew Campbell – Principal Investigator and Entrepreneur, Smurfit Institute of Genetics

View the inaugural Tech Series talk

'The Future of Europe and its Borders'- Sophie Marie Hingst on 17/1/18

Sophie Hingst has just finished a Ph.D. in history. Over the autumn of 2017 the Financial Times held an international essay competition on ‘The Future of Europe’. Sophie won the competition with an essay on Edmund Burke, which you can read here.   Sophie then formed part of a ‘Behind the Headlines’ panel discussion alongside Janan Ganesh and Sarah Hill (from the FT) and Rory Montgomery, a fellow Trinity graduate and Ireland’s chief Brexit negotiator.  That evening Sophie humanised borders as she told the story of how borders had shaped the life of her grandmother, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, of her father and of herself. You can listen to her story at 38:40 minutes into this podcast of the event. 

This talk was organised by Trinity's Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute as part of its 'Behind the Headlines' series supported by the Pollard Foundation, more information on upcoming events can be found on the Long Room Hub website.

Listen to the 'Behind the Headlines' podcast

'Sometimes it Matters Who is in Power' - Professor Margaret MacMillan on 26/10/17

In 2017 we were delighted to welcome Margaret MacMillan, Professor of International History at the University of Oxford and a leading intellectual as well as a bestselling author for the annual Edmund Burke Lecture.  In her talk entitled ‘Sometimes it Matters Who is in Power’ she considered the critical role played by powerful leaders in transforming the path of history – a topic just as important today as it was in the time of Edmund Burke. 

This talk was organised by Trinity's Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute as part of the annual Edmund Burke Lecture Series supported by a generous endowment in honour of Padraic Fallon, more information on upcoming events can be found on the Long Room Hub website.

Listen to Professor McMillan's lecture

'From the Frontline: An Eyewitness Account from the Middle East' - Robert Fisk on 11/11/16

On Thursday, 3 November 2016, award winning writer and journalist Dr Robert Fisk gave the Trinity Long Room Hub Annual Edmund Burke Lecture 2016.

This talk was organised by Trinity's Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute as part of the annual Edmund Burke Lecture Series supported by a generous endowment in honour of Padraic Fallon, more information on upcoming events can be found on the Long Room Hub website.

Listen to Robert Fisk's lecture

The Edmund Burke Lecture series

About the Edmund Buke Lecture series: To mark the university’s deep and lasting connection to Edmund Burke, and to express the inspiration his life and work as a public intellectual offer to us, we instituted a prestigious Annual Edmund Burke lecture, supported by a generous endowment in honour of Padraic Fallon.  It is delivered annually by a leading public intellectual of our time on a topic that engages with the challenges facing us today.

This lecture series is organised by Trinity's Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute supported by a generous endowment in honour of Padraic Fallon, more information on upcoming events can be found on the Long Room Hub website.

Listen to previous Edmund Burke lectures