Ua Global Summit 2019 Updated

November 11-13, 2019

2019 marks the 10th annual UA Global Summit, and will offer access to a broader and more diverse audience than ever before. Those who attend the summit will have the opportunity to meet and share research with fellow students from across the globe and from every academic discipline.

This is a unique chance to network with fellow students, learn more about work taking place outside your field, and consider the path you wish to take in your bright future. The Summit will also include a number of workshops, panels, and keynote addresses, bringing expert discussion on issues of global importance to our student and academic attendees.

Any entrant to The Global Undergraduate Awards 2019 Programme may purchase a ticket to the UA Global Summit, which will grant the individual access to all talks, presentations, and social events over the three days. We will be announcing more information on speakers and content in the coming weeks so stay tuned! In the meantime, take a look at all information regarding this year's summit locations, accommodation options, and a handy guide to Dublin below.

Summit Locations

Blackhall Place

Since 1978, Blackhall Place has housed the headquarters for the Law Society of Ireland, the representative and regulatory body for solicitors in the State. The building itself dates back to the 1600s, featuring substantial renovations through the centuries including fine plasterwork of the Georgian period and stained glass windows by the Irish artist, Evie Hone. This year’s UA Global Summit will give insight into this historic building and the home of an essential organisation for the legal profession.

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

King’s Inns, Ireland’s oldest law school will be the host of this year's Gala Dinner. Located on Henrietta Street, King’s Inns was established in 1541. As an institution, it provides legal education and training for all aspiring barristers in Ireland. It is also comprised of benchers, including all those on the Supreme Court of Ireland. The Gala Dinner this year will provide a chance to see inside this historic institution, where many famous legal figures have studied over the past centuries.

The Church

The unique 17th Century, 320 year old Church stands tall and proud on the corner of Mary and Jervis Street in Dublin city centre. Since its restoration, it has become a hive of activity, bringing cultures, friends and families together, and in a roundabout way, fulfilling its original purpose. The Church will host our welcome reception on Sunday evening, where attendees can get to know each other before the Summit begins.

Bad Bobs

Right at the heart of Dublin's main thoroughfare of Temple Bar, Bad Bobs encapsulates the spirit of Ireland's night life along with its famous warm hospitality. Bad Bobs will be the host of our Monday evening social event, a chance for fellow attendees to catch up and network after the first day of the conference.

Speakers & Workshops

Christian Kromme

Christian Kromme is a futurist, entrepreneur and author of the bestseller book Humanification. He is interested in the impact of the latest innovations, and how they enable organisations to adapt, innovate, and disrupt using these exponential technologies. Christian challenges organisations to think like a surfer, so they know how to surf the next great wave of technological change, and achieve success. Beside writing and speaking Christian holds a position as a board member at the Workforce Institute EMEA and The Human Genome Foundation.

Áine Maria Mizzoni

Áine Maria Mizzoni is a highly experienced Business Leader, Non-Executive Director, Practitioner and Leadership Coach. She has co-founded a number of technology start-ups and thrives on innovation, growth and transformation. As part of her work with SoCapSo, she helps deliver best practice interventions to organisations to help the individual, the team and the organisational flourish and 'navigate rapid change'.

Fionnuala Herder-Wynne

Fionnuala Herder-Wynne is a strategic partner of both Oxford Leadership and S-Ray diagnostics and partner of the RedZebra Group. She has three decades of experience as Senior Leader, Coach and Catalyst building high performance teams and cultures of innovation within organisations. She has extensive experience in the design, development & delivery of change interventions that have impact at the individual, team and organisational level.

Áine, Fionnuala and Christian will be hosting a future proof workshop called TransformU at this year's UA Global Summit.

Dr. Jessica Grahn

Dr. Jessica Grahn studies how music affects our brain and behaviour, specializing in the study of rhythm. Her major focus has been understanding why we move to music, and her work has shown that the brain areas that control movement respond when we listen to musical rhythm, even if we are sitting still. By studying the neural mechanisms of how we ‘feel the beat’, her work can be applied to optimize our understanding of how patients with neurological movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, may benefit from musical interventions. Dr. Grahn has degrees in Neuroscience and Piano Performance from Northwestern University, as well as a PhD from Cambridge, England, in the Neuroscience of Music. She is an Associate Professor in the Psychology department and Brain and Mind Institute at Western University. Her TedX talks on music are popular, with hundreds of thousands of views online.

Jim Barry

Jim Barry is Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock’s Renewable Power Group and Co-Head of Global Infrastructure Debt. Prior to this role, he was Chief Executive of NTR plc from 2000, having previously served as Assistant Chief Executive and General Manager of Development. Jim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Jim is on the Council of Patrons of Special Olympics Ireland and is a board member of The Ireland Funds. He also sits on a number of Advisory Boards related to activities in University College Cork and Harvard Business School.

University Tours

Trinity College Dublin

Located in a beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, Trinity is Ireland’s highest ranked university. It is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines in the arts and humanities, and in business, law, engineering, science, and health sciences. Trinity’s tradition of independent intellectual inquiry has produced some of the world’s finest, most original minds including the writers Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett (Nobel laureate), the scientists William Rowan Hamilton and Ernest Walton (Nobel laureate), the political thinker Edmund Burke, and the former President of Ireland and UNHCR Mary Robinson. This tradition finds expression today in a campus culture of scholarship, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and dedication to societal reform.

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 by Queen Victoria under Royal Charter, Queen's is now home to over 23,000 students from more than 80 countries. The university is a member of the Russell Group of UK research intensive universities, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos. Previous Chancellors of Queen's have included the theatrical producer Sir Tyrone Guthrie and more recently Senator George Mitchell, a key figure in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Furthermore, the university is the alma mater of notable Nobel laureates including the poet Seamus Heaney and Northern Ireland's former First Minister Lord Trimble .


Generator Dublin

Situated in the vibrant quarter of Smithfield, Generator Dublin is located next to the historic Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. With its reclaimed wood, exposed brickwork and original stonework, this unique hostel has an unruffled, industrial feel. The Generator’s ideal location near the city centre coupled with excellent transport links (Dublin Bus, Luas) means that it is also close to several major attractions such as Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse, and Temple Bar.

Maldron Hotel Smithfield

Located just 5 minutes on foot from Blackhall Place, The Maldron Hotel boasts 92 well-appointed, contemporary guest bedrooms, including 7 superb junior suites all design to ensure you have a pleasant stay. With many attractions within walking distance, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring Dublin.

As our official accommodation partners for the UA Global Summit 2019, attendees can avail of preferential rates through a unique promo code upon registration. Attendees may also make alternative accommodation arrangements if they wish.

Discover Dublin

Steeped in rich history and culture, Dublin is the contemporary centre for education, the arts, and industry in Ireland, and home to The Global Undergraduate Awards. The modest capital has grown to become one of Europe's most exciting cities. We invite you to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes that this thriving city has to offer.

Phoenix Park

Located just outside the city centre, Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in Europe and home to about 400 fallow deer. The residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, built in 1754 is located in the park. Dublin Zoo, with more than 400 species and the third oldest zoo in the world is also located within the park.

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse located in The Liberties is home to the beverage that has come to define Irish identity internationally. Learn about how the world famous stout is made and the secret to the "perfect pint" at the Gravity Bar which offers a sweeping panoramic view of Dublin's skyline.

EPIC Musuem

You won't find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you’ll discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world. Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters, no matter where you are.

St Stephen's Green

Situated at the top of Grafton Street, St Stephen's Green offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping district. Our recommendation is to stop by Fallon and Byrne nearby on Exchequer Street to pick up a few nibbles and drinks for a nice picnic on the lush green spaces.

Temple Bar

No guide to Dublin is complete without mentioning the colourful cobbled streets of Temple Bar. During the day there are shops and galleries to discover. At night, the numerous pubs come alive with music and banter as the party spills out onto its streets and lanes.

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