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Upcoming Events

7 February 2023 (6pm) – Guest Lecture
The Story Behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals by David Donoghue, chaired by Prof Shane Kilcommins (Provost and Deputy President):
David Donoghue was the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York 2013-17. At the request of the President of the General Assembly, he served as co-facilitator (with Kenya) for the UN negotiations which led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 and he has been actively involved with issues relating to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Previously David was Irish ambassador to Germany and many other countries. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Irish-German Studies since 2019 and has been taking part in several endeavors of the Centre to date. The event will take place in blended format. Please register here by the 6th of February.


15 February 2023 (1pm) – Guest Lecture
Sustainability Reporting at German Universities by Philipp Nußbaum, chaired by Andrea Deverell (UL): Philipp Nußbaum is a research and project manager at the Institute for Higher Education Development in Hannover. The association provides services for the ministries of the German federal states, universities and non-university research and educational institutions. Nußbaum’s focus has been on measuring sustainable development.


Last week of March- 2022/23 German-Irish Video Competition for students on Irish-German relations
With the success of previous year's edition, the German-Irish student Video Competition is currently passing through its second consecutive run. With numerous imaginative, funny and instructive videos produced in the past, we are very much looking forward to seeing this year's contributions for ourselves. The competition is open to all 3red level institutions in Ireland and has seen submissions from cities and students throughout the whole country. Special thanks goes to the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce (in particular to Ralf Lissek) and Derek Scally (Irish Times).


March/April 2023 (date to be confirmed) – Panel Discussion
Literary Discussions of the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
with Prof. Joachim Fischer, Anne Nospickel (UL, DAAD) and Clarisa Novello (UL): An exchange about the challenges as well as transformative qualities of sustainability research in literary studies.


March/April 2023 (date to be confirmed) - Lecture and discussion with John Gormley (former Irish Minister for the Enviroment, Heritage and Local Government and former Leader, Green Party) on his personal hourney into enviromental issues and speciufically what role his time in Germany played and links between the German and Irish Green parties.


DAAD Postgraduate Summer School: “Germany in the World: Intersecting Inequalities in Challenging Times”, hosted by King’s College London, 17-21 July 2023.
Co-organised by the Centre for British Studies at Humboldt-Universität Berlin and the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick. The interdisciplinary summer school is designed for PhD students and advanced MA students from across the Humanities and Social Sciences in the UK, Germany and Ireland, as well as from the DAAD-funded global network of Centres for German and European Studies. The summer school’s chosen focus on “Intersecting Inequalities” requires participants to consider the urgent implications of recent global challenges and social movements for reassessing the discipline of German Studies in a comparative contemporary perspective. Postgraduate students who want to apply for the summer school (accommodation, subsistence and travel can most likely be covered) are asked to a submit an abstract (300-400 words) for a 15-minute presentation – including name and institution, a one-page CV including key research areas and academic interests, and a letter of motivation. The proposal should be submitted by your supervisor with a brief confirmation of their support to by 24 January 2023.


November 2023 – 3rd Limerick-Ulster Conference: The continuation of our successful international conference format, jointly organised by the Centre for Irish German Studies at UL and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Ulster University, Belfast. In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Dublin/London.