Conference committee

Programme Committee

Please note: Committee members details are to be updated further


Catherine Bates has coordinated DIT’s Programme for Students Learning With Communities since it was set up in 2008. Previously she worked as a lecturer for 10 years and in community education for 2 years. She coordinates DIT’s involvement in the EnRRICH project on Responsible Research and Innovation
in the curriculum.


Kaethe Burt-O’Dea Foto_Kaethe-odea-pic

She is an independent design consultant. Her consultancy, desireland, focuses on the socio-cultural relationships that influence human well-being within the built environment. Current projects examine how urban environments influence public health, using action research and citizen science to support the strategic development of green infrastructure in north-west central Dublin.


Rosina Malagrida Foto Profile_Rosina Malagrida

Head of Public Engagement on Health Research at the biomedical research institute IrsiCaixa, Barcelona, where she leads communication, multistakeholder participation and educational programmes with the aim to decrease the gap between health research and society. She is deputy coordinator of RRI Tools, offering training and advising institutions on how to implement RRI, and PI of EnRRICH.


Claire McDonnell Claire McDonnell_400x400.jpeg
Claire McDonnell coordinates the MA in Higher Education and contributes to the other programmes, workshops and events offered by the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC) in Dublin Institute of Technology. She joined the LTTC in September 2013 on a three year secondment from the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she has been a lecturer since 2000. She has implemented community based learning and research projects since 2006 and recently contributed to a national


Dr Emma McKenna Foto Profile_Emma McKennal

Dr Emma McKenna is Co-ordinator of The Science Shop at Queen’s University Belfast, working with community based organisations to develop research projects suitable for completion by students.  She has researched and supported public engagement internationally for the last 15 years and is currently deputy co-ordinator of the EC funded EnRRICH project – Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education.


Henk Mulder henkmulder2

Dr. Henk Mulder is coordinator of the Science Shop and Lecturer in Science Communication and Science & Technology Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He co-founded the International Science Shop Network, Living Knowledge, and participated in -and coordinated- many European projects to advance CSO-University  cooperation, like PERARES and Engage2020.


Khan Rahi, MA Foto_Khan_200x158

A Community-based Research Practitioner, Lecturer affiliated with the Loka Institute (USA), University of Toronto (Canada) and the Canadian Community-based Research Network. Khan is an active contributor of scholarship and grassroots promotion of CBR in affiliation with the Science Shops and the Living Knowledge Network since its creation (2000). Current Research: “Revitalization of Multiracial Neighbourhoods in Toronto” Canada.


Norbert Steinhaus DSC_0065-fb

Board member of Bonn Science Shop and cooperated in international projects on training and mentoring Science Shops, citizen participation in science and technology or responsible research and innovation. Since 2007 he is coordinator and international contact point of the international Science Shop network, ‘Living Knowledge’. In the network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS) he is a member of the Expert Group of SwafS in the area of Public Engagement.


Andrea VargiuAndrea Vargiu (360x360)

Sociology professor at the University of Sassari where he is president of the MA Course in Social work and Social policies and co-ordinator of the Foist Laboratory. Has a solid record in conducting research through participatory approach methodologies such as action research, community based research, participated evaluation.


Steering Committee

Hansje Eppink Hansje

MSc is project coordinator and skills teacher at the Education and Competence Studies Group, Wageningen University (WU). She coordinates and execute projects focusing on competence-based learning and capacity building in both Western and non-Western settings. Additionally, she coordinates the MSc courses “Education and development” and “Teaching, Learning and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development”.


Niamh Farrell Foto_Niamh Farell

Niamh Farrell is the National Manager for Amen, the only dedicated Irish support service for male victims of domestic abuse. She is a member of number of national steering committees and forums throughout the country. She has been actively involved with DIT for the past 5 years and works with students on a number of projects.


Budd L Hall, PhD Foto Profile_Budd Hall

Currently shares the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education with Dr. Rajesh Tandon.  Budd teaches in the Community Development programme at the University of Victoria.  His research is on participatory research, community university research partnerships, learning and social movements and knowledge democracy.



Foto Profile_Nadine Lattimore

Nadine is shown here accepting her Gold Presidents award with faithful guide dog Quartz

Nadine Lattimore 

Currently an undergraduate in Applied Social Studies, following sudden onset of vision loss in 2004, Nadine became an assistive technology user. In addition to co-authoring several papers, she is a regular guest presentations at numerous higher education institutes. Nadine consults across many aspects of assistive technology, inclusion awareness and universal design. She is also an elite athlete, competing in shot put, discus and javelin and representing Ireland at the London Paralympic Games 2012.


Peter Levesque Foto Profile_Peter Levesque

Peter Norman Levesque is President – Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, Lecturer – University of Ottawa, and strategic and executive counsel. He helped design and implement the ground-breaking Community-University Research Alliances. His professional and volunteer work is considered innovative and broad-based. Peter is a Knight of the Order of St. John.


Prof. Dr Marco Rieckmann Marco

Dr. Marco Rieckmann is Assistant Professor of Higher Education Development at the University of Vechta, Germany. Furthermore, he serves as Sustainability Commissioner of the University of Vechta. His major research and teaching interests are in higher education development, competence development and assessment, (higher) education for sustainable development, and global education.


Dr. Rajesh Tandon Foto Profile_Rajesh Tandon

A Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA, an electronics engineer (IIT, Kanpur) and management graduate (IIM, Calcutta), Dr Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a global participatory research and training centre, and continues to be its Chief Functionary since 1982.