Child Health Research, the Key to a Healthier European Society

Date - Thursday May 30th, and Friday May 31st

Place - Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

What's happening

The RICHE and CHICOS projects, together with our colleagues in TACTICS and EURO-PERISTAT are hosting a joint meeting to celebrate European child health research, and launch their reports in Dublin next May, and you are invited!

Join leading researchers and practitioners in child health, policy makers, advocates, and children, to help shape the future of child health research in Europe. Our flyer is here, please pass it on to your colleagues.

Click here to email us for more information.


The Meeting

This international conference is being organised by two EU funded FP7 projects, RICHE, led from DCU in Dublin, and CHICOS, led from CREAL in Barcelona. Both projects end in 2013.

Both reports will be launched at this meeting.

The aims of this conference are :-

  1. Launch the two reports, from RICHE and CHICOS
  2. Celebrate and showcase EU funded child health research
  3. Make the strategic case for further investment in child health research


The meeting will run from 9:30am on Thursday May 30th to 4pm on Friday May 31st. Registration and poster mounting will be open from 8:30 both days. Posters can also be mounted early from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday May 29th.

We are honoured to announce that the conference will be opened by Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and closed by Patricia O'Reilly, Health lead from DG Research Commissioner Maura Geoghegan-Quinn's cabinet.

The two keynote speakers will be :-

Other speakers will include

Dr. Jennifer Zeitlin


Ms. Joanne Vincenten


Prof Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen

CHICOS, University of Copenhagen

Prof. Michael Rigby

RICHE, Nordic School of Public Health

Prof. Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer

RICHE, Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Matilde Leonardi


Prof. Ronan Lyons

TACTICS, Swansea University, UK

Prof. Ursula Kilkelly

Dean of Law Faculty, UCC

Dr. Sinead Hanafin

Former Director of Research, DCYA, Ireland

Dr. Sean Denyer

Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland

Ms. Vivian Barnekow

Programme manager, World Health Organization

The final schedule can be downloaded here.

Posters and Presentations

This is the final schedule for posters, the oral sessions, and the workshops.

Call for abstracts

This has now closed

Hotel accommodation

We strongly advise looking at the reviews on Trip advisor before booking! Most Dublin hotels are of good quality, as the competition is intense, but there are always a few exceptions.

Local hotels

A map showing these hotels is here

4 star hotels

Crowne Plaza Dublin,[DCU booking link] Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9. This is close - a short taxi ride, to DCU. It is roughly half way from the airport to DCU. It's a nice hotel, in its own grounds. It is beside the (cheaper) Holiday Inn Express. It offers corporate rates to DCU, with a group code of CCH, so mention us when booking.

The Croke Park Hotel, Jones’ Road, Dublin 3. This is also a nice hotel, and it is directly opposite the spiritual home of Irish sport, the GAA stadium at Croke Park. If you stay here, pay a visit to the GAA museum across the road.

3 star hotels

These are, as you would expect, plainer, and cheaper hotels, but all are of good quality, comfortable, and immaculate.

Holiday Inn Express [DCU booking link] (beside Crowne Plaza), Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9. There are also special rates for DCU here, again with a group code of CCH

Regency Hotel, Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9. This is a ten minute walk from the campus.

The Metro Hotel, Santry Cross, Ballymun Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. This is very close to DCU, about three bus stops, in the heart of the Ballymun regeneration area.It also offer corporate rates to DCU, and the link provided will take you to those rates.

Travel Lodge, Shangan Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9. This is a short walk from the campus.

Dublin Skylon Hotel, Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. This is about a 15 minute walk from the campus.

Other hotels

Airport hotels

There are two hotels, the Radisson Blu, and the Clarion Hotel, in the grounds of Dublin airport, and quite a number nearby - have a look here here. DCU is on direct bus routes from the airport.

City centre hotels

There are also hundreds of hotels in every price range, in the city centre. Good ways to book include

and there are very good bus services to DCU. DCU is 5.5km from the city centre, and you would be travelling against the main flow of traffic, so a taxi is also a viable way to get to the campus.

Practical arrangements


The venue is the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in Dublin City University. DCU is about 15 minutes by taxi from Dublin airport and our interactive map gives full details of the location. May is not peak season in Dublin, so accommodation ought to be readily available. You will need to book your own accommodation, details are here.

Much more tourist information is available for Dublin and the whole island of Ireland.

Social programme

Gala dinner - this will be on Thursday 30th May at 8pm in the 1838 room in DCU. This is the nicest dining venue on the DCU campus, in a lovely stone early Victorian building. Details of the venue and menus are here. Booking is now open. The cost will be €45 per person. Places are strictly limited, so please book early! If you have specific dietary needs, please email us as early as possible.

We have arranged a day trip to Newgrange, on Saturday June 1st, which you must book directly with the bus company. This will cost only €35. There are 20 seats reserved for us, so please mention this conference when booking. Newgrange is a truly unique Neolithic site, considerably older than either Stonehenge or the Pyramids, just north of Dublin.

We have also arranged a walking tour of Dublin with the legendary Neal Doherty. This will meet at 1am on Saturday June 1st in central Dublin. The walk will cost €10 a head, payable at the start of the walk.


Getting to Dublin

Most people will come in by plane to Dublin airport, which is well served by public transport. The other option for overseas visitors is to come by ferry, and there are quite a few choices.

Getting around Dublin

DCU is 5.5 km from the city centre, and 8.7 km from Dublin airport. Taxis are feasible, but not especially cheap, typically €15 and up, from the airport, and €12 and up, from the city centre. We are served by four bus routes to and from the city centre - the 4, the 9, the 11, and the 13. The bus stop is on Ballymun Avenue, and you need to cross the road, at the pedestrian crossing, and walk up the avenue opposite the bus stop. The buses into to the city centre go from a stop about 50m up the road on the same side as the DCU campus. Please see the map here. It is also possible to get the No. 16 bus, which stops on the Swords road, on the other side of the campus. However, this is a brisk ten minute walk from our entrance. Bus fares are usually under €2, and buses take cash, but do not give change.


Registration is now open from here. (This is the main DCU website conference service registration system). Full registration is €260, and €130 for students. Please note that we cannot issue invoices for these payments. All delegates must pay their registration fees through the form provided.

Our partners

The RICHE project

RICHE (Research inventory of child health in Europe) is tasked with developing roadmaps for the future of child health research in>Europe. The main focus is on European funded research. We have prepared an active live searchable inventory of child health research in Europe, including an annotated list of child health indicators. We have prepared a series of reports on child health indicators and measurement, and on gaps in child health research. We are finalising a report on a roadmap for European funding of child>health research, which will be launched at this meeting.


CHICOS (Developing a Child Cohort Research Strategy for Europe) is a project conducted within the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme. Its overall aim is to improve child health across Europe by developing an integrated strategy for mother-child cohort research in Europe. This strategy will be launched at this meeting.

CHICOS aims to promote an inventory of all mother-child cohorts in Europe, to evaluate existing information on outcomes and determinants from these cohorts, to identify gaps in knowledge, and to develop recommendations for research action at a European level for the next 15 years, focusing on key areas of policy concern.


TACTICS is a large scale, multi-year initiative lead by the European Child Safety Alliance, working to provide better information, practical tools and resources to support adoption and implementation of evidence-based good practices for the prevention of injury to children and youth in Europe. The TACTICS project funded by the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme and addresses the leading cause of death, disability, burden and inequity for children and youth – injury.

Tools and resources being explored within TACTICS for their feasibility and utility for child injury prevention include: Child Safety Report Cards and Profiles for both unintentional and intentional injury, good practice advocacy summaries, implementation case studies, sub-national level Child Safety Index and Toolkit, mapping of responsibility for child safety and a report on child injury and inequity.


The EURO-PERISTAT project’s goal is to monitor and evaluate maternal and child health in the perinatal period - pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum - in Europe using valid and reliable indicators. The project began in 1999 as part of the EU's Health Monitoring Programme and has continued into a fourth phase with the ultimate aim of routinely producing data on perinatal health in Europe.

We developed a list of recommended indicators for perinatal health surveillance and published the first European Perinatal Health Report in 2008. The next report is planned for the end of 2012.

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