Dublin City Tour

(Hop-on-Hop-off tour)
This fully guided tour gives you an overall flavour of our historic and ancient city. You will see examples of Dublin’s superb architecture in the Georgian streets and squares. This hop-on-hop-off tour has 28 stops at the top visitor attractions in Dublin. It will allow you to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. Enjoy an entertaining live English guide commentary with bags of Irish personality or audio commentary in your own language. The tour duration is approximately 90 minutes.
Details: This tour runs daily, with the first tour departing at 09.30hrs. Tickets will be sent to you in advance.
Cost: €20.00 per person
Tour departs from: 14 Upper O’Connell St, Dublin 1

The Wicklow Mountains, Valleys & Lake Day Tour

(Full day tour)
Sit back, relax & let us take you through some of the loveliest countrysides in Ireland. This tour takes you first to the stunning 6th-century monastic settlement in Glendalough. Our guide will take you around the site, which boasts a 10th century conical roofed round tower as well as a St. Kevin’s kitchen and cross. The tour trail continues to the pretty village of Avoca (home to the famous drama Ballykissangel), with a stop at the famous Avoca Handweavers. There you can enjoy a stroll around the village dropping into Fitzgerald’s pub or visiting the famous Handweavers craft shop. Lunch is not included, although a lunch venue will be available on the day.
Details: This tour runs daily. Tickets will be sent to you in advance
Cost: €30 per person

Tour departs from: Inside the Dublin Visitor Centre at 17 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Please note you must be at the meeting point 20 minutes before the tour departs

Newgrange Valley of the Kings Tour

(Full Day Tour)
This tour is also known as the Valley of the Kings tour in the heart of the Boyne Valley, Co. Meath. You will visit the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, which will interpret the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange & Knowth. You will be taken on a guided tour in the tombs of the oldest and largest Neolithic burial chamber in Europe (3000bc), which predicates the Egyptian Pyramids. Lunch is not included, although a lunch venue will be available on the day.
Details: This tour runs Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Tickets will be sent to you in advance.
Cost: €37.00 per person
Tour departs from: Inside the Dublin Visitor Centre at 17 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Please note you must be at the meeting point 20 minutes before the tour departs

Malahide Castle Tour

(Half Day Tour)
Escape to the coast on one of the most popular tours from Dublin and spend a half day exploring Howth village and Malahide Castle. Stopping first at the grounds of Malahide Castle you can enjoy a live-guided tour of the refurbished castle and wander the majestic castle grounds, one of Dublin’s best suburb attractions. Visit the local craft shops or relax over a coffee and pastry. Then travel along the scenic coastal drive to the picturesque fishing village of Howth. Take time to wander around this pretty village, before heading on to Howth Summit for a spectacular photo opportunity overlooking Dublin Bay.
Cost: €26.00 per person
Departs twice daily: 9.30am & 2pm
AM tour departs from 13 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. – 9.30am
Pm tour departs from 13 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. – 2pm
Tour Duration: 4 hours

Please note, if you wish to participate in a tour on a date that is not listed on the registration form, please send your request to the ECHA 2018 Team on [email protected] and we will do our best to arrange it for you.


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.


David Cuartielles



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.