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This information service is an initiative made possible with funding from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme, through the Special EU Programmes Body. It is part of our larger INTERREG IVA Project - the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross Border Cooperation Observatory, Phase 2 - otherwise known as INICCO-2 that is being jointly managed and delivered by CCBS and ICLRD.

The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) / International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) News & Events

Joint ICLRD & CCBS Conference 29-30 January 2015
Shared Services, Shared Opportunities: New Models of Public Sector Collaboration and Partnership

The annual ICLRD & CCBS conference will take place in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 29-30 January 2015. The conference will focus on the issue of shared services and will explore the opportunities for local authorities and public sector organisations to collaborate to ensure more effective service delivery for citizens. Confirmed conference speakers include Greg Lloyd, Emeritus Professor at the University of Ulster, Martin Guillermo, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions, and Conor Murphy, Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, Maynooth University.

Access the draft programme and booking form here.  

Shared Services Learning Network Workshop
The fourth Shared Services Learning Network event takes place on 14 January 2015 in the Boardroom of the Utility Regulator
, Queens House, 14 Queen Street, 
Belfast, 3pm – 5pm. The workshop will be addressed by Andrew McClelland, ICLRD Research Associate, who will explore a range of cooperation instruments available to facilitate cross-border cooperation. Barry Lowry, Director of IS Shared Services and Strategy, NICS Head of ICT Profession, will draw on his extensive experience of implementing shared services within the Northern Ireland Civil Service. To register for the workshop, which is free-of-charge, please email Andrew McClelland at andrew.mcclelland@nuim.ie.

URBACT National Infoday
The Irish National Infoday concerning the European Cooperation Programme for Sustainable Urban Development (URBACT) is taking place at Maynooth University on 5 February 2015. The purpose of this event is to introduce participants to the URBACT scheme, to elaborate the process of applying for the new URBACT funds, and, in particular, to show the benefits for Irish partners joining URBACT networks and projects. The Infoday, which is free to attend, is aimed at planners, central and local government officials, local politicians, academics and voluntary organisations. For further information, download the event flyer.

CCBS Research on North-South mobility of third level education students informs North-South Inter-Parliamentary Association Meeting
A briefing paper jointly prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Library & Research Service of the Houses of the Oireachtas for the 5th Meeting of the North-South Inter-Parliamentary Association, was recently released by both departments. The paper, entitled “Access for students to third-level education in the respective jurisdictions (i.e. Northern Ireland and Ireland)”, draws heavily from research undertaken by CCBS. Consequently, and in line with views expressed by CCBS, the briefing paper presented to members of the North-South Inter-Parliamentary Association includes within its conclusions the opinion that, “Despite a desire by both jurisdictions to improve the flow of students across the border there is very little take-up of higher education by students in the opposite jurisdiction”.
Click here to access the full briefing paper.

Sector News & Events

Scholars at Risk (SAR)
News and updates will be posted on the SAR section of the Universities Ireland website regularly.
Cross-Border Education

SCoTENS seed funding call open
The SCoTENS Seed Funding Call for 2015-2016 has now opened for applications from SCoTENS members. In line with its objective of providing a supportive framework for collaborative research and professional activities in teacher education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) provides ‘SEED FUNDING’ for projects such as research, conferences and exchanges which further this objective. As the funding is for a COLLABORATIVE project,  a minimum of 2 partners is required, with at least one of the partners coming from each jurisdiction, north and south. The application has to be for a joint project to secure funding. SCoTENS will assist any SCoTENS members that are seeking a partner from the other jurisdiction through our matching service.  There is more information available on the matching service here.
Please click here download an application form.
Please note that all queries and applications should be sent to Ruth Taillon,  Secretary, SCoTENS at the Centre for Cross Border Studies at r.taillon@qub.ac.uk or on 028 3751 1550 (048 from the South).

Cross-Border News

A Picture of Ageing Research in Ireland, North and South

The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) has launched the 2014 edition of A Picture of Ageing Research in Ireland, North and South. This publication provides a snapshot of the ageing research landscape across the island of Ireland. By 2030 one in five people on the island of Ireland will be 65 years or older. As the population ages research into ageing and older people is vital to help plan for healthier and more active later lives for everyone. Academic institutions across Ireland are engaged in a wide range of research programmes and projects relating to ageing. This publication provides an overview of research relating to ageing being carried out in their various third level institutions in Ireland, North and South. It combined these profiles with information about a selection of major collaborative research projects and CARDI’s research funding activities to produce an update of a previous directory published in 2010. Download the full report from the CARDI website.

CARDI Leadership Call 3: Deadline 30 January 2015

The deadline for applications for CARDI's Leadership Call 3 is Friday 30 January 2015.  Under the call CARDI, in collaboration with the American Federation for Aging Research’s Paul Beeson Awards,  will fund the full-time salaries for three years of up to four research Fellows. Full terms of reference and application procedures are available here. If you have a query please email leadership@cardi.ie.

Irish Network for Research in Dementia and Neurodegeneration
A networking event on dementia research on Friday 12 December 2014 in Dublin brought together leading researchers, voluntary groups, policymakers and funders to consider the current state and future directions for dementia research across the island of Ireland. At the event The Irish Network for Research in Dementia and Neurodegeneration was launched which aims to promote research on dementia and encourage collaboration between researchers. Presentations from the event are available here.

Frailty and disability
Older people in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to be frail than those in the Republic of Ireland, a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast has found. The study also found that women and those from lower socio-economic groups in both countries are more likely to be frail. The findings of the study led by Dr Matthew O’Connell (TCD) and funded by CARDI were based on an analysis of data from the Health Survey Northern Ireland and the first wave of data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). Read the research brief here.

Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) Open Conference 2014
– presentations available

IPH held its Open Conference in Belfast on 14 October providing a platform for participants to explore a wide variety of public health issues. A total of 24 papers were delivered around the five key themes: Active travel; Positive Ageing; Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing; Public Health Approaches to Poverty; and Research, Policy, Practice Cycle –Closing the gap.
Access IPH Open Conference presentations, tweets, photos and audio

Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland
The Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland brings together a wide range of professionals with an interest in research on child and family issues across the island of Ireland. Members include researchers from academia, government, voluntary and independent sectors.
The Network seeks to:
  • build bridges between researchers in different sectors of this research community
  • focus on developing structures and mechanisms to promote the sharing of information, joint learning, joint working and the promotion of better understanding across the different sectors
  • link more experienced and early career researchers
  • develop a range of membership services that support researchers in this field to build better technical skills
IPH Health Well All Ireland Public Health Repository
The Health Well All Ireland Public Health Repository provides wider access to the health information that is needed to develop a systems-wide approach to reducing health inequalities and addressing the social determinants of health. It is an Open Access Initiative (OAI) compliant repository with links to the other information resources and interactive online tools on the Health Well website.
Access The Health Well Repository | Access The Health Well

Physical Activity and Nutrition Intervention (PANI)

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Intervention (PANI) Tool is a web-based tool hosted on the IPH Health Well website. The PANI Tool helps policy-makers and practitioners identify and critically compare physical activity and nutrition interventions from across the island of Ireland and Britain based on details of their delivery, development, evaluation and perceived effectiveness.
Access the PANI Tool.

European Matters

Looking for stats on population and housing anywhere in Europe?
How many single parent families live in your area? How many residents in your area were born abroad? When did they arrive in the country? What proportion of dwellings in your area are over 50 years old? And how many of these are unoccupied? How does your area compare with other parts of Europe? There is now an easy and flexible way to get answers to these questions: the European Census Hub. It provides detailed information about individuals, families, households and housing in EU countries, regions and even towns. Read More ...   


North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group (NSAPAG) report
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) presented an overview of the NSAPAG paper ‘Reducing alcohol-related harm by addressing alcohol availability – maximising benefits from North-South cooperation’ to the Northern Ireland Alcohol Advisory Group in October. NSAPAG will continue to support collaboration on key alcohol policy issues in 2015 as well as progress specific projects relating to alcohol retail outlet density and hidden harm. IPH facilitates NSAPAG through hosted meetings and an online webgroup.
Access the report.

If you would like to include a cross-border event, research or news item in the next issue of Border-Zine please send to Thomas Haverty by Friday 30th January.