We have negotiated special discounted rates for ECHA 2018 delegates in a range of accommodation options close to the conference venue, Croke Park Stadium. To avail of these special discounted rates you will need to book your accommodation directly with the hotel using the information provided below.

Dublin is can be particularly busy in August and delegates are advised to book as early as possible to ensure accommodation availability in their preferred hotel.

Booking Notes:

  • All bookings must be made directly with the hotels using the information provided below for each hotel
  • Any changes or cancellations must be made directly with the hotel
  • Take note of the hotels cancellation policy when making your booking
  • Conference Partners or the Congress Organisers cannot take responsibility for an individual’s booking as the agreement is made directly between the individual delegate and their chosen hotel
  • All rates are based on a standard hotel room, per night inclusive of tax and breakfast

The Croke Park

Located only minutes from Dublin city centre and sitting close to Dublin Airport & adjacent to Croke Park Stadium, The Croke Park offers the best 4-star service to be found in Dublin. Our close knit team shows a tangible passion for providing excellent service.

Winners of ‘City Hotel of the Year’ in the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards for 2 consecutive years 2014 & 2015, The Croke Park were also finalists for 2016 as ‘Best Business Hotel’ & ‘Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay – Dublin’. The Croke Park also consistently sit in the top hotels on Trip Advisor in Dublin and hold a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016.

Distance to Croke Park: 2 minute walk (across the road from conference venue)

Single room Bed & Breakfast per night- €205 per night

Double/Twin Bed & Breakfast per night- €225 per night

To Book: Please follow the below link:

Booking Link

When booking, select the ‘Have a code’ to apply the promotional code ‘CONF070818’ to the Room Block Code section.

If you experience any difficulties, please contact The Croke Park’s reservation team on 01 871 4550 or email [email protected]

TEL: 00353 (0) 1 871 4550

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The North Star Hotel

The newly refurbished 4 star North Star Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre. This Dublin Hotel property boasts 160 exceptionally appointed guest rooms and suites offering every amenity to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay for each guest. This central Dublin hotel is the ideal location for your corporate or leisure stay in Dublin. It is on the doorstep of a host of Dublin tourist attractions within walking distance and our friendly concierge will assist you planning your trip in Dublin.

Distance to Croke Park: 15 minute walk/5 minute taxi

Single room Bed & Breakfast per night- €205 per night

Double/Twin Bed & Breakfast per night- €225 per night

Club Rooms with Rooftop Lounge Access- Our newly launched Club Rooms offer contemporary, exclusive, elegant boutique-styled luxury. Accessed by private elevator The [email protected] Dublin 1 hosts spacious rooms the height of modern comfort, with state of the art technology, private Rooftop Lounge, individually controlled air conditioning.

To Book: Please contact The North Star’s reservation team on 00353 (0) 1 8363136 or email [email protected] and quote the booking reference ‘ECHA 2018’.

TEL: 00353 (0) 1 8363136

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The Jurys Inn, Parnell Street

Based in a busy hub of Dublin, Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street offers easy access to many of Dublin’s attractions. Just minutes away is the historic O’Connell Street, which is a pulsing centre of Dublin activity and features Dublin’s General Post office landmark building, as well as a range of monuments and statues relating to Irish Heritage. Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street is less than a five minute walk to Henry Street shopping and Ilac Mall, and just a 20 minute walk to ‘the heart of Irish Sporting life’ and Conference Venue, Croke Park Stadium

Distance to Croke Park: 20 min walk

Single room Bed & Breakfast per night- €175 per night

Double/Twin Bed & Breakfast per night- €190 per night

To Book: Visit and use the promotional code ‘JIECHA070818’ when booking to avail of the discounted room rates.

You can contact the hotel on 00353 (0)1 248 0488 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

TEL: 00353 (0)1 248 0488

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DCU Student Accommodation

If you click here this will give you a great idea of what we offer in DCU and our proximity to the airport and city centre

On Site Facilities include:

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Launderette
  • ATM Machine
  • Pharmacy (Open Monday to Friday 9 – 5pm)
  • Convenience Store (Open Monday to Friday 9 – 5pm)


Distance to Croke Park: 30 minute walk/15 minute bus journey(bus leaves every 10 minutes outside campus)

Single room Bed & Breakfast per night – €109 per night

Double/Twin Bed & Breakfast per night – €129 per night

Please note: You MUST have a complete registration in order to book DCU Student Accommodation.

To Book: Please click here.

TEL: +353 (0) 1 7005736

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Professor Karine Vershueren

Karine Verschueren is full professor and head of the research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven, Belgium. In 1996 she obtained her PhD in the domain of developmental psychology. In 2000 she was appointed as professor in school psychology. She investigates the psychosocial and academic development of children and adolescents in schools (e.g., self-esteem, academic engagement), and the risk and protective factors for this development. Specifically, she focuses on the role of teacher-student and peer interactions as contexts for child and adolescent development. She investigates these processes not only in general student populations, but more recently also among highly able students. Her teaching involves developmental and school psychology, including school psychological assessment.


Professor Francoys Gagne

Professor Françoys Gagné is from Montreal, Quebec, born October 6, 1940. After skipping three grades, he obtained his M.A. in Philosophy (Psychology) in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1966, both from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career (1978-2001) in the Department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching (1967-1977), he became interested in talent development in the late 1970s. Although his research brought him to study a variety of subjects within the field of gifted education, he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiating Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), which has been endorsed by various educational authorities as their framework to define their target population and plan intervention provisions. Professor Gagné has won major awards in the field of gifted education, among them NAGC’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996), and two awards from the Mensa Society. Although retired from his UQAM professorship since 2001, Dr. Gagné maintains international publishing and keynoting activities.


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Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal High Ability Studies. She has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.


Professor Anne Looney

Anne has recently taken up the post of Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. She held the position of Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority until March of this year. A former teacher, she completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Education in University College London. In 2014/2015 she was Professorial Research Fellow at the Learning Science Institute Australia, based at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Her current research interests include assessment policy and practice, curriculum, teacher identity and professional standards for teachers and teaching. She has also published on religious, moral and civic education, and education policy. She has conducted reviews for the OECD on school quality and assessment systems. She is a member of the boards of Early Childhood Ireland, and the Ark Cultural Centre for Children.