Pre-conference: Public Health in Ireland North and South, Past, Present and Future

Wednesday 10 November, 10:00 - 12:30 CET (9:00 - 11:30 Irish time)

Organised by:

Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Faculty of Public Health Medicine 

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland with the Faculty of Public Health Medicine will host a pre-conference focused on the past, present and future of public health in Ireland, North and South. The event will include presentations and contributions on a number of subject areas including epidemiology, health inequalities and leadership in public health on the island of Ireland.


10:00 CET (9:00 Irish time) Welcome

10:05 CET (9:05) Royal Academy of Medicine, Jacqueline Horgan Medal

'Below Average Cognitive Ability in Early Childhood - An Under-Researched Risk Factor for Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties' presented by Dr Andrea Bowe.

'Keep schools open – minimal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the school setting in Ireland during the 2020-2021 school year' presented by Dr Ciara Kelly.

'Travel in the time of Covid Development of a Public Health Approach and Risk Methodology for Informing Travel Policy' presented by Dr Louise Hendrick.

Presentations will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the Jacqueline Horgan Medal

North-South Public Health Co-operation

10:40 CET (9:40) Transboundary Data: challenges and opportunities
Professor Roger O’Sullivan, Adam McCune, Institute of Public Health in Ireland

10:50 CET (9:50) Obstacles to Public Health that even Pandemics cannot Overcome: The Politics of Covid-19 on the Island of Ireland
Dr Ann Nolan, Assistant Professor, Public Health & Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin

11:00 CET (10:00) Break

11:20 CET (10:20)Delivering health across borders and boundaries, Ireland and Northern Ireland
Edel O’Doherty, Deputy Chief Executive Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT)

11:30 CET (10:30) Health Impact Assessment in Ireland and Northern Irealnd
Dr Joanna Purdy, Institute of Public Health in Ireland

11:40 CET (10:40) Climate and health – island of Ireland opportunities
Prof Diarmuid O’ Donovan, Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr Jenny Mack, Institute of Public Health in Ireland, in conversation with Maresa Fagan

12:15 CET (11:15) Health inequalities and pandemics
Dr Ida Milne, Lecturer in European History, Carlow College St. Patricks

12:30 CET (11:30) Close

Registration fee

Attendance of the pre-conference is free of charge but registration is required. Pre-conferences can  be added to your registration after you have already registered. You can do so by logging into your account and updating your registration. You can also register for the pre-conference only.

Organised and supported by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland with the Faculty of Public Health Medicine (