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Opening and Closing Speakers

Opening Speaker: Professor Fiona Timmins

Fiona Timmins is Professor of Nursing, Dean and Head of School at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin.

She is a UCD graduate holding a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (UCD, 1997). She also holds a master's degree in Educational Management (2000) from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Glamorgan (2006). She has studied at the Open University (including BSc in Health & Social Care, 2005 and BA Open 2013). Her primary speciality is cardiovascular nursing, and she was appointed Nurse Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland within this speciality in 1998. She was also appointed as Nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2001. Her interest in this field continues and has expanded into the area of spirituality and in 2013 she formed the Spirituality Research and Innovation Group (SRIG) at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Fiona is an active researcher within this field, and also within the broader remit of professional nursing issues and nurse education and has published numerous papers (180 listed in Scopus) and 11 authored/co-authored textbooks. Along with the SRIG, she performed seminal work in this field in Ireland. Her H-index (Scopus) is 22.

She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nursing Management and has several representations on International Conference Committees (currently 3) and Editorial Boards/Advisory Panel (currently 10). She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Genova, Visiting Scholar at the Waterford Institute of Technology and Visiting Foreign Expert/Higher Education teacher at the University of Maribor, Slovenia.

Closing Speaker: Professor Kathleen Neenan

Kathleen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Kathleen has worked in general and children's nursing practice in clinical, management and educational roles. Kathleen, teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has led the curricular development of the first MSc in Specialist Nursing across seven branches of nursing in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. She holds the position of Post Graduate Educational Facilitator for the MSc Emergency Department Nursing. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of caregivers, spiritual care, mindfulness and well-being. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and she has presented numerous peer-reviewed papers at national and international conferences

She is current Chair of the Spirituality Research and Innovation Group (SRIG) in the School and is responsible for organizing the groups Annual International Spirituality and Healthcare Research Conference and SRIG's research activities. She is a member of the EPICC Network - Enhancing Nurses' and Midwives' Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care, EPICC.

Kathleen trained as a Mindfulness-Based Interventions teachers in University of Bangor. She trained as a teacher of the Mindful Self Compassion programme with the University of Cailfornia San Diego. She is passionate about sharing mindfulness practice (in the form of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programmes and Mindful Self Compassion Programmes with both students in her modules and employees and managers in the organisations with whom she works.

Music: Róisín Hayes,Music Therapist

Róisín Hayes completed her undergraduate degree in Music in Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters degree in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. Roisin is an accomplished musician on many instruments and is also a composer, having composed for ensembles, musicians and choirs both nationally and internationally. Róisín is passionate about the benefits of music therapy and she currently provides music therapy at Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) St. James’s Hospital and has also provided music therapy for the hospital staff during the Covid pandemic. Róisín has provided music therapy across the lifespan to both individuals and groups and has worked in Haven House Children’s Hospice, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. .