Wednesday 8th August

Welcome Reception

Croke Park GAA Museum

Thursday 9th August

Optional nights

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl Experience

Friday 10th August

Gala Dinner

Ticketed event

Dining and more


Wednesday 8th August – Welcome Reception
Croke Park GAA Museum

The official opening ceremony and welcome reception will take place in the Croke Park GAA Museum. This evening will provide an opportunity for delegates to meet in a relaxed environment and catch up with old friends. Croke Park is an iconic stadium, steeped in history, and has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years. Ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin, the Croke Park Stadium tour offers a truly unique and unforgettable day out!

Enjoy an unrivalled state-of-the-art interactive visitor experience and find out more about Ireland’s unique national games Gaelic football and hurling – the fastest field game in the world. Walk in the footsteps of legends on this guided tour, as you visit the team dressing rooms, warm up areas and media centre before going pitch-side via the players’ tunnel and taking a seat in the VIP area.

Cost included in Registration Fee
Tickets for this evening are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve online registration basis.


Thursday 9th August 

A private evening at the GPO Witness History Experience

Optional Night/Ticketed Event
The GPO Witness History Experience is a brand new permanent visitor attraction in the iconic GPO building on O’Connell Street, Dublin The centre will open privately on this evening for Congress delegates who have purchased a ticket.
This highly immersive and engaging exhibition puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week in 1916. History will come to life as you experience events from both sides of the conflict and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts – many previously unseen.
After the exhibition, we will gather in the glass walled dining area overlooking the courtyard. Light ‘supper bowl’ style meal with drinks will be served in a semi seated casual setting.
The events of Easter Week shaped this country’s history and the GPO was at the centre of it all.

Dress code: Casual
Time: 7pm
Location: The GPO, O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1
Transport: Make your own way
Transport: none – delegates must make their own way to and from the GPO which is located close to the Congress venue in the centre of Dublin. Public transport is available.
Please Note – This event is subject to minimum numbers to go ahead, if minimum numbers are not achieved the organisers reserve the right to cancel the event and refund any delegates who have paid. An alternative will be provided where is possible.


Friday 10th August – Gala Dinner
Ticketed event

The ECHA 2018 Gala dinner will be held in The Helix Venue on Friday 9th August. Set on the Dublin City University grounds, The Helix is surrounded by excellent public transport connections. An impressive venue, with a capacity to seat up to 1,222 in open orchestral style and 1,040 delegates in theatre style. The Mahony Hall has been designed with audience comfort in mind. Features include superb acoustics and excellent sightlines. The Mahony Hall guarantees to bring a sense of gravitas to any gala dinner

Dublin is now proud to call itself a Foodies heaven

Dublin city is crammed with award winning and critically acclaimed restaurants.
There are just too many great restaurants for us to be able to list them all and instead we will direct you to some of our favourite listing sites so you can peruse for yourself. If you are still stuck and can’t decide then please do come and visit us at the registration desk and we would be happy to help point you in the right direction and make a booking for you.

Lovin Dublin

This is a site popular with locals, it has restaurant listings and reviews and blogs on what’s new and happening in the city. A good place to start!

Dine in Dublin

This concept started out as an annual festival for foodies but has now developed a blog site which runs all year round and has some great tips on where is good to eat.

Visit Dublin

The home of the Dublin Tourist Board this site contains info on pretty much everything the city has to offer so is useful for planning what to do as well as where to eat!

For those trying to squeeze a dining experience into a short space of time we would recommend doing a Dublin Fab Food Trail











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.