Conference Committees

At the DCU we take pride in our conferences, but they would not even exist had there not been for our amazing conference committees. Here, you will get the opportunity to learn more about all the persons who are behind the organization of the DCU conferences and in case that you need to contact any of them feel free to get in touch with the Dublin City University, as we will make sure you get in touch with the professors or members of the committee.

In case that you would like to become a member of the conference committees, you can always send us your resume and write a proposal. We are always on the lookout on new members of the research and scientific community and we would be more than glad to support you in further development of your career as a researcher.

Local Organising Committee

Chairperson: Teresa Heeney CEO, Early Childhood Ireland

Carmel Brennan, Early Childhood Ireland

Marion Brennan, Early Childhood Ireland

Camille Daly, Early Childhood Ireland

Susan Selfridge, Early Childhood Ireland

Elaine Sharkey, Early Childhood Ireland

Scientific Committee

Dr Colette Gray

Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies [Chair of the Scientific Committee]

Stranmillis University College

Professor Chris Pascal,

Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)

Dr Margy Whalley

Pen Green Centre, UK

Dr Barbara McConnell

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Stranmillis University College

Dr Bronagh McKee

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Stranmillis University College

Dr Noel Purdy

Director of Research & Scholarship

Stranmillis University College

Dr Glenda Walsh

Principal Lecturer in Early Years Education

Stranmillis University College

Dr Liz Dunphy

Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Education

St Patrick’s College (A College of Dublin City University)

Dr. Emer Ring

Head of Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies,

Mary Immaculate College

Dr Máire Mhic Mhathúna

Assistant Head of School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences

Dublin Institute of Technology

Professor Nóirín Hayes

School of Education

Trinity College Dublin,

Sheila Garrity PhD

Academic Coordinator/Research Fellow,

UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre

National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr Mary Daly

Education Officer

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Dublin

Dr Thomas Walsh


Maynooth University Department of Education

Dr Carmel Brennan

Head of Practice

Early Childhood Ireland

Dr. Mary Moloney


Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies

Mary Immaculate College Limerick.