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Opening and closing speakers

Wednesday 9 March 2021: 09.00-09.15 (GMT)


Prof Fintan Sheerin
Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery,Trinity College Dublin


Biography Prof Fintan Sheerin

Professor Fintan Sheerin - PhD MA BSc PgDipEd RNID RGN RNT FEANS FNI MRSB is Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin, where he has taught for 16 years. He is registered in both intellectual disability and general nursing, and his research has largely focused on engagement, mental health and well-being, seeking to address the issues which impact both. He has explored intellectual disability across the areas of health, social care and rights and has worked with communities in various parts of the world. He has published widely, spoken at many international conferences, has edited one book and contributed several others. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and of NANDA International.


Opening Address

Professor Linda Doyle
Provost, Trinity College Dublin


Biography Prof Linda Doyle

Linda Doyle was appointed by academic staff and student representatives as the 45th Provost of Trinity College Dublin, coming into office on August 1, 2021. The Provost is the Chief Officer of the university responsible to the Board and ultimately to the State for the performance of the university.

Dr Linda Doyle’s previous leadership roles have been as Dean of Research (2018-2020), and founder Director of CONNECT, a national research centre, co-funded by SFI and industry, focused on future networks and communications. Prior to CONNECT, she was also the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR). She is currently a Director of Xcelerit and Software Radio Systems Ltd (SRS), two CTVR/CONNECT spin-outs.

Dr Doyle has served on many boards including as Chair of the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2013-2021), and as a member of the Board of Pallas Project Studios, KTH Sweden Scientific Advisory Board, and Board of the Wireless Innovation Forum. Currently, she is Chair of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK, and a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and the Open Research Europe Scientific Advisory Board. She also serves on the Boards of Science Gallery International (SGI), as well as the Festival of Curiosity, a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival.

Prior to her appointment as Provost, Dr Linda Doyle was Professor of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity College Dublin. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over €70 million in research funding and has published widely in her field. Dr Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Combining creative arts practices with Engineering for many years, she founded the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG) a research initiative that works in critical and creative tension with technology with the purpose of generating knowledges, insights and alternative research orientations across disciplines that are sometimes perceived to be mutually exclusive. Dr Doyle has published extensively and has given in excess of 100 keynotes and invited talks at various events globally.

As well as her contributions to research and the arts, Dr Doyle is an active advocate for women in engineering and computer science. She has been involved in numerous initiatives such Girls in Tech, Teen Turn, HerStory. In 2017 she was recognised as one of the 10 women stars working in networking and communications in the world that you should know.

Dr Doyle holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (B.E.) from the National University of Ireland, and an M.Sc., Ph.D., and P.G.DIP. STATS from Trinity College, the University of Dublin. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.


Thursday 10 March 2021: 13.00-13.30 (GMT)

Closing Remarks

Ms Eileen Whelan
Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery & Quality, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (March 2020)


Biography Ms Eileen Whelan

Eileen is the Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery & Quality in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (March 2015). Eileen trained as a Registered General Nurse in Limerick University Hospital before gaining International experience in the UK and Australia. On her return to Ireland she has held Senior Leadership posts as an Assistant Director of Nursing in the Peri-Operative Directorate, Mater Hospital Dublin, and Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, and National Lead for Performance Improvement, Unscheduled Care in the Special Delivery Unit (SDU).

Eileen is a MBA graduate from the Smurfit School of Business, UCD. She has an extensive clinical and leadership track record in Health services and this is evident through her work during the Covid-19 pandemic, leading on the Vaccination Programme and prior leadership in new service developments and reconfiguration of existing services in line with the Health Services Strategy.

Eileen is committed to driving the quality & safety agenda for patients and their families. She completed the NHS Education for Scotland, Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship Programme (2013-2014) and is leading on the development of a quality improvement culture within the DMHG. Eileen was awarded a Florence Nightingale Scholarship in March 2018.

Given the significant demands on Eileen’s working life, she appreciates the importance of fitness and is a keen skier, snowboarder, cyclist and hill walker. A native of Limerick, she is also an avid supporter of the reigning All- Ireland Hurling Champions