General Conference of the IAU 2020

STARTS: 3rd November 2020 - ENDS: 6th November 2020
VENUE: O'Reilly Hall & University College Dublin

University College Dublin will host the International Association of Universities’ 16th General Conference.

President of UCD, Professor Andrew J Deeks has signed a memorandum of understanding with Professor Pam Fredman, Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and current President of IAU, to host the 16th IAU General Conference in Dublin at UCD in November 2020.

Founded in 1950, the IAU is the leading global association of higher education institutions and university associations. Created under the auspices of UNESCO with the goal of encouraging cooperation among institutions of higher education worldwide, it has over 600 members from some 130 countries.

The IAU General Conference is the supreme decision-making body of the association, and is convened every four years to elect its president and 14-panel administrative board. In addition to electing the IAU’s leadership, the conference sets the organisation’s strategic goals and also includes a thematic programme devoted to a speci?c topic.

The theme for the 2020 conference will be ‘The Relevance and Value of Higher Education to Future Society’.

“We are facing an age of unprecedented opportunity and challenge," said UCD President Deeks, following the signing of the memorandum with the IAU. "In our rapidly changing and transforming society, universities have a vital role to play through our research, our education and the many ways in which we interact with the world around us. “Our relevance and value is interlinked with our obligation to ensure that we contribute to society, and the IAU general conference gives us an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise amongst the broadest spectrum of universities.”

Venue: O'Reilly Hall & University College Dublin

UCD can offer you the full range of modern facilities in a beautiful setting that will enhance the running of  your event and the experience of your guests. The UCD Conference & Events Office manages the O’Reilly Hall, a major venue for events on campus and also co-ordinates all commercial room hire activities. With versatile layouts for events for 100 to 1,000 guests and over 1,250 sqm of available space O’Reilly Hall is ideal for major conferences, gala dinners, concerts, product launches & exhibitions. UCD is the natural setting for Conferences & Events, not least because of its tranquil, green setting. There are excellent, modern facilities and spaces to suit any event. Our faculty buildings are the ideal venue for meetings, staff training, ongoing courses or weekend conferences. We have a range of rooms, from classrooms for 20 to auditoria for 500 people. Out of term over 1,000 rooms are available on campus in a variety of student residences.