NUI Galway is hosting a number of virtual events in 2020, for current students, applicants, and prospective students. Please see below for a list of upcoming events (click on relevant link for information). More online events will be added to this calendar, please check back regularly:

May 2020

Date & Time:   May 19 - 28

College2Career through Covid: Are you worried or confused about the next steps in your career due to the current crisis with COVID-19The Career Development Centre is here for you and have put a suite of online Q&As, talks and workshops together to support you with your career planning during this unprecedented time.  Everything from CV workshops to online interviews and visas for international students will be covered.

Don't miss the Career Development Centre's series of live webinars starting May 19th and running until May 28th. Log in to Careers Connect to register your interest in any of these events, and to receive the appropriate link to take partStudents and recent graduates can also use Careers Connect to view events, and job / internship / funding opportunities.

Please check the Career Development Centre website for updates and/or additions to these webinars.  The majority of webinars will take place via Blackboard Collaborate.


Date & Time: Thursday 28 May, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Topic: Ireland, Borders, and Covid-19

Panellists: Dr. Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast), Prof. Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway) and Dr. Gabriel Scally (Bristol).  Chair: Prof Daniel Carey (NUI Galway).

This panel brings together perspectives from Sociology, Political Science and Public Health to examine debates surrounding boundaries and pandemic-control in Ireland and their relationship to pandemic controls in Britain, Europe and the wider world. It examines the extent, and the limitations, of an all-Ireland approach, the significance of variation within the United Kingdom, and the nature of borders within and around post-pandemic Ireland.

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread rapidly across the world in the early weeks and months of 2020, new kinds of boundaries were established while existing borders took on a new significance: from the self-regulated two-metre boundary that now surrounds every individual, to the local, regional, and inter-state boundaries that are being deployed to control the spread of the virus.

Two distinctively different kinds of boundary are of particular significance in the case of Ireland: the natural boundary of the sea and the island’s contested but porous land border. In common with other islands, Ireland enjoys a natural ‘isolation’ that can be used to help control the spread of disease, offering the possibility of following the path New Zealand has taken to create a zone that is almost free of the virus. Brexit had already pushed the Irish border to the heart of debate on the future UK-EU relationship as it became a line of new international significance. The experience of the coronavirus crisis will further complicate all analysis of the future of Ireland’s borders, not least by underlining the fact that borders are not only lines of division but points of connection too.

To register on Zoom please use this link:


Date & Time: Thursday May 28, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Topic:  Sport as an Empathy Tool During Covid-19 - Living and Learning Empathy in Covid-19: A Virtual Global Conversation

GAA and Barça Foundation to Join Facebook Live Event on Sport as a Tool for Empathy During COVID-19 Pandemic.  Armagh Footballer Caroline O’ Hanlon and Dublin Footballer Jack McCaffrey to provide players’ perspective.

Keynote Abstract:  Ironically, even though as individuals, families, communities and countries we have ‘self-isolated’ as a result of the coronavirus, our forced disconnection may in fact lead us to be more aware of each other and connected and like never before. Across civic society we are, and will continue to be, challenged in ways heretofore unseen. Our social empathy for one another may well be the ‘vital secret sauce’ to our survival. In order to thrive, not just survive, the impact of the virus, we will need to create medical, economic and human support scaffolding to make solutions work.

As a contribution to help us understand the on-going impact of Covid-19 and ways in which we can all help respond now and, in the future, a series of 12 weekly National/International free to public virtual conversations will be held and hosted by the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (NUI Galway) and The Global Network of UNESCO Chairs for Children, Youth, and Communities in collaboration with Penn State University. Each week the virtual conversation, which will be free, globally accessible, and delivered across time zones to the public, will bring together the views of academics, policymakers and most importantly citizens directly affected by the coronavirus and living with its consequences. This will include a focus on kernel issues for children and youth, parents, older people, families, people living with a disability and communities as well as in differing cultural and international contexts. It is hoped the conversations will assist human understanding and compassion in relation to the coronavirus as well as proposed solutions for societies to connect and cope and become more resilient.

The First Living and Learning Conversation in Covid-19 will take place at 6pm (Greenwich Meantime) on at 6pm (GMT) Thursday, April 30 2020 and the series will run weekly for 12 webinars. Each week the conversation will alternate between an Irish and International focus across differing life course and or cultural challenges. All events are free to the public who are strongly encouraged to participate, ask questions in advance, and propose topics for conversations. All conversations can be accessed live through an online platform. All conversations will provide evidence-based knowledge, experiences from people facing the pandemic, and suggestions for what all of us can do to see everyone through this crisis.

For weekly updates please see here.

Register: Watch live on Facebook @NUIGalway


Dates & Times:   May 26, May 29, June 2 & June 5 from 8:15am to 8:45am

Topic: Online Mindfulness Shared Practice

Keynote Abstract:  These online shared practice of mindfulness sessions are open to staff, students and members of the public.  If you have any family members or friends who may be interested in joining this practice, please feel free to share this link with them. Dr Eva Flynn lectures in the Discipline of General Practice in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Life Sciences at NUI Galway. Her interests lie in student well-being and she has taken a lead in introducing Mindfulness in the School of Medicine. She also works as a general practitioner in Mainstreet Clinic, Loughrea, County Galway.

Register: To join this session online, please copy and paste the following link into the GOOGLE CHROME browser.   Please note INTERNET EXPLORER and FIREFOX will not open this link:


Date & Time: Tuesday, June 2, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Topic: From Discovery to Publishing: Endnote and Web of Science

Bob Green from Clarivate Analytics, the company behind EndNote and Web of Science, will present this session. Bob is Solution Specialist with Clarivate and will demonstrate EndNote X9, Web of Science, Publons and Kopernio.  This is an online event and you will receive an email with a Webex link the morning of the session. Please register via Eventbrite to get the email:

‘Discovery to Publishing’, a 90 minute session, will cover the following:

  • Access to Web of Science and EndNote while working remotely
  • Discovering existing research
  • Understanding the field
  • Focussing on influential works
  • Getting to the full text
  • Managing the key works in Endnote
  • Writing your paper
  • Finding a suitable journal to publish in
  • Understanding what Publons offers


Date & Time: Wednesday, June 3, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Topic: Art and Digital Technology in at Time of Crisis

The current public health restrictions implemented in many regions around the world, such as social distancing, have led to increased reliance on digital technologies. Creative work is no exception. In this panel, artistic practitioners and scholars discuss how the current crisis informs engagement with digital technology along with the possibilities and limitations of creative practice that arise at this time. 

Participants: EL Putnam, Máiréad Ní Chróinín, Noel Fitzpatrick, Conor McGarrigle, Leonie Bradbury