Research & Teaching Events

Press release for Conference 2018

The Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, in partnership with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and the Association of Health Promotion Ireland, will host the 22nd Annual Health Promotion Conference on Thursday, 7 June. View the press release  here.

Conference Booklet - Now Available

7 June 2018

The 22nd Annual Health Promotion Conference 'Participation and empowerment for health service users: Strengthening the circle  booklet is now available .

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AHPI Launch of Voluntary Register for Health Promotion Practitioners

8 February 2018

AHPI launch of register


The Association for Health Promotion Ireland (AHPI) has just launched the new voluntary register for health promotion practitioners in Ireland. Details can be viewed at

Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrnes also ‘welcomes the establishment of the Health Promotion Registration System, which is a core milestone in the advancement of Health Promotion in Ireland. She congratulates the Association on achieving this recognition from the International Union of Health Promotion and Education and acknowledges the significant opportunities for networking at a global level’.

(Pictured L-R Paula Campbell, Chairperson AHPI, Professor Margaret Barry, Chair Health Promotion NUI Galway, David Bergin, Institute of Public Health, Kathryn Meade, Chair of the Accreditation Committee, Ashling Jennings, MA Health Promotion, NUIG graduate, Dr Trish Heavey Vice Chair AHPI, Biddy O’ Neill, Healthy Ireland).

Health Promotion Research Seminars

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Professor Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC): 20 years of data collection

11 am, Monday 19th Feburary 2018, Lecture Room 3, Áras Moyola, NUI Galway

Professor Margaret Barry, Health Promotion , NUI Galway

11am, Monday 26th March, Lecture Room 5, Áras Moyola

Launch of the Irish Workplace Behaviour Survey

24 January 2018

The Irish Workplace Behaviour Survey, launched today, reveals that more than two in five people say they have experienced a form of ill-treatment at work, while one in 12 have experienced and/or witnessed physical violence. This is despite most organisations having policies in place to prevent it. Full report is available for download or more details are on the IOSH website.

Research Assistant Posts in HPRC

January 2018

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed term position as a Research Assistant with the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The position may be filled on a full or half time (50%) basis.

This position is funded by the Department of Health and is available from February to June 2018.

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Bullying & incivility in higher education workplaces: Micropolitics & the abuse of power.

Check out the link below for further details on this article by Margaret Hodgins & Patricia Mannix McNamara

Launch of the Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness

17 November 17

Minister of State Catherine Byrne TD and Minister of State Pat Breen TD have jointly launched the Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness with the National University of Ireland Galway under the auspices of Healthy Ireland.

The development of the Healthy Workplace Framework is a priority action under the Healthy Ireland agenda and is a joint initiative between the Departments of Health and Business, Enterprise and Innovation.The two Departments provided seed funding to NUIG to develop the postgraduate course which aims to help build capacity and share best practice. Further information on the programme available here.

WHO Re-designation 2017-2021‌

November 17

The  World Health Organization has redesignated the Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) at NUI Galway as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research for a further four year period up to 2021.

“We are delighted to continue this important collaboration with WHO Geneva and WHO Europe and greatly value working with WHO partners in advancing strategic Health Promotion policies and actions for promoting population health and wellbeing,” says Professor Margaret Barry, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre at NUI Galway. A key focus for the next four years is developing translational research papers and resources on population mental health and wellbeing, and developing best practice in promoting health literacy, healthier cities and communities. The WHO Collaborating Centre will also advance health promotion action in implementing the WHO Europe Child and Adolescent Health Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Research Seminar

13 November 17

Sexuality, Subjectivity and Society - The Role of School Based Sexuality Education in Denmark

Line Anne Roien, MA in Education, PhD-fellow, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

Room 225, Áras Moyola

Research Seminar

*** Re-scheduled Date ***

11am, 27 October 17


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An Ocean in a Drop: Hypnosis in Research, Psychotherapy, Medicine and Health Promotion​

Andras Kolto seminar

Dr András Költő, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway @HPRC_NUIG

11am, Friday 27th October

Room 225 (First floor), Áras Moyola, NUI Galway. All Welcome

New Postgrad Cert in Workplace Wellness

22 September 2017


education buildingToday marks the first day of our new Postgrad Cert in Workplace Wellness. Good luck to all

Conference 2017 Presentations


21 June 2017

 Presentations from all keynotes, paralllel sessions and workshops are now available on the Health Promotion Conference website 

Carol Black & Paul Fleming

UNICEF publish report on children and the sustainable development goals


15 June 2017


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HBSC Ireland is included in the latest Report Card issued by UNICEF. Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Delevopment Goals in Rich Countries is the first report to assess the status of children in 41 high-income countries in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified as most important for child weel-being. It ranks countries based on their performance and details the challenges and opportunities that advanced economies face in achieving global commitments to children.

The report is available to download from the UNICEF website. 

Also available are the press release download (320KB) and an executive summary download (1,358KB)

Press Release- 2017 Conference Promoting Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

Minister of State for Health Promotion to deliver opening address at 2017 NUI Galway Health Promotion Conference - ‘Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace’
For the press release see

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HBSC Ireland report Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes and Contextual Factors

30 May 2017

The latest HBSC Ireland report Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes and Contextual Factors between 1998-2014: findings from the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study now available, #hbsc2017. 

 Download the report here:

Research Assistant - Evaluation of Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Strategy, Health Promotion Research Centre

May 2017

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a part-time, fixed term position as a Research Assistant with the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

See NUIG 093-17  for more information on the position.  

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Catherine Anne Field (email:

Closing date for aplications is 5.00pm (17.00 BST) on 31st May 2017.

‌ HBSC Data in WHO Report

HBSC Ireland data features in the new WHO report Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014.  Download a copy of the report at:

Mystery Prize at the 2017 Conference

To be in with a chance to win a goodie bag/mystery prize at the forthcoming 'Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace' conference, don't forget to share this event on all of your social media outlets (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and E-mails) using the hashtag "#hprc2017" and the twitter handle "@HPRC_NUIG". The winner will be judged on creativity, exposure, engagement and popularity of post. If you would like conference flyers to circulate at relevant events please let us know. Let's put the PROMOTION into Health Promotion.

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Conference Programme

Full Programme for the June 15th 'Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace'  Conference now available online. Great keynote speakers, workshops and presentations. Don't miss out, register at:

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State of the Nation's Children Report: Ireland 2016

Monday 6th March 2017

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has today published the State of the Nation's Children Report: Ireland 2016.  This is the sixth such report since 2006, and was compiled by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs with data contributions from a broad range of government departments, agencies and research organisations, including HBSC Ireland. Further information available here.

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New Fact Sheet from WHO Europe 

It is on adolescent sexual health based on the 2013/2014 HBSC data. The Fact Sheet presents key facts and figures from the 2013/2014 survey along with a comparison to the 2009/2010 survey.The Sexual Health Fact Sheet is available in English and Russian from the WHO Europe website.
Regular HBSC updates are available at the HBSC News & Events webpage.


We Tweet Our Dissemination Activities


& Conference 2017 Updates


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‌New Book

New B‌ook 'Promoting Health and Well-being in the Workplace' 
by Dr Margaret Hodgins, Paul Fleming & John Griffiths

New Palgrave Higher Ed book argues organisations must work with employees to create environments.

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August 2016

The HBSC team have recently produced two new short reports at the request of the TobaccoFree Research Institute and the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. These reports can be downloaded from here.

Research Presentations

HPRC researchers and PhD students regularly present at international conferences. Keep up to date with their activity at our Twitter account: @HPRC_NUIG