Centre for Cross Border Studies 24th Annual Conference

We’re delighted to announce that our 24th Annual Conference will be taking place on Thursday 14th September 2023 at the Hilton Belfast.

We will be looking at the grassroots efforts that preceded the Good Friday Agreement that marked its 25th Anniversary this year. Many civic society groups were doing the hard work of cooperation and building understanding, often below the radar or without great acclaim. We want to recognise the important work they did in the years leading up to the Agreement.



09:00 Networking breakfast

10:00 Welcome

10:15 Panel 1

Chair: Olwen Dawe

Ailbhe Smyth, Bronagh Hinds & Quintin Oliver

11:15 Keynote Speaker

Colin Davidson

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Panel 2: Generously supported by North West Tertiary Education Cluster

Kyra Reynolds, Orla Flynn, Peter Osborne & Joel Keys

14:00 Coffee Break

14:30 Panel 3: Generously supported by Institute of Public Health

Chair: Marie Louise Connolly

Prof Deirdre Heenan, Dr Ann Nolan & Joanne Vance

15:30 Keynote Speaker

Tim O’Connor

16:15 Panel 4

Sharon Haughey-Grimley, Pamela Arthurs, Joe O’Toole & Michael D’Arcy

17:15 Close

18:00 Reception and Journal Launch

18:45 Conference Dinner and Speakers: Tim McGarry and Dr David Hume

Support the Conference
We are once again looking for sponsors who share our commitment to cooperation and improving relations to support our conference. The conference brings together over 100 policymakers, academics, civic society and business leaders; people with a wealth of experience who make an impact. There are a range of packages available here. Contact Nick for more information: n.hanrahan@qub.ac.uk

Joint Forum Meeting

The Community Relations Council will host a joint forum meeting along with the Equality Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and all Trusts, BSO and the DOH Equality leads.

This is a closed meeting.

Holywell Trust – Good Relations Showcase

The Holywell Trust will deliver a conference showcasing 3 specific good relations projects of Holywell Trust (Forward Together Podcast, Future Relationship Conversations and Fingerpost) to raise awareness of our core work and the importance of building good relations.

These projects aim to raise awareness of our core work and the importance of building good relations.

For more information, please contact hello@holywelltrust.com