News and Events from CCBS/ICLRD

CCBS Director presents at Seminar on Transfrontier Co-operation 
The Seminar took place in Strasbourg on 16 and 17 September 2014, on "Prospects for effective transfrontier co-operation in Europe".  Ruth Taillon, Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, delivered a presentation on the Impact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation, at the workshop on Evidence based Trans-frontier Cooperation.  The Impact Assessment Toolkit was developed by the centre in partnership with the Euro Institute with INTERREG IVA funding as part of our INICCO-1 project.   Justin Gleeson, Director of the All-Island Research Observatory, NUIM presented the Atlas of the Island of Ireland, a project being developed as part of our INICCO-2 project. 
This seminar was a follow-up to Congress Resolution 363 on transfrontier co-operation, which identified three fundamental priorities to transfrontier co-operation: the legal instruments, data collection and training.  The seminar gathered European experts and actors in transfrontier co-operation with aim of establishing an action plan and a network of experts to promote these priorities.  The seminar was jointly organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Euro-Institut and the European Public Administration Pole (EPAP). 
More information on the seminar, including all speakers’ presentations, can be found here

Scottish referendum: Is Ireland a model for Scotland?
Prior to the Scottish referendum on 18 September 2014 Chairperson of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Dr Helen Johnston, was interviewed by Mark Easton of BBC News for an item examining “Is Ireland a model for Scotland?”  This explored the question of the constitutional changes faced by Scotland as more power is devolved from Westminster to Holyrood.   The interview was screened on 15 September 2014.  

View the interview here

CCBS and PAT-TEIN Partners launch cross-border toolkit at European Parliament
On the 18th of September 2014 the Centre was at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with its partners from the Professionalising Actors of Cross-Border Cooperation - Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (PAT-TEIN) project to launch the Intercultural/Cross-Border Project Management Toolkit. Around one hundred delegates attended the project's final conference, where the launch of the Toolkit and the PAT-TEIN website took place.  Excerpts from the Toolkit are available on the website at
Martina Anderson MEP and Anne Sander MEP opened the conference by emphasising the potential presented by cross-border cooperation (CBC) and noting the need for capacity-building for effective CBC.  Anne Thevenet highlighted the work of the Transfrontier Euro-Insitut Network, of which the Centre is a partner.  The Centres Research & Project Manager, Anthony Soares, presented the PAT-TEIN project and its Toolkit.  He then spoke on the process of adapting it to the specific context of our own border region. This was followed by presentations from partners in the other PAT-TEIN border regions: France/Spain, Poland/Czech Republic, and Austria/Italy/Slovenia.
Matt Carthy MEP then joined Professor Joachim Beck (University of Strasbourg), Martin Guillermo-Ramirez (General Secretary of the Association of European Border Regions), and Jean Peyrony (Director General of the Mission Operationelle Transfrontaliere) to discuss the future potentials of CBC.

SCoTENS 12th Annual Conference
The 12th SCoTENS (The Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South) annual conference, 'Always learning, always teaching: Making the journey', will take place on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October 2014 in Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.  The conference will begin at 5pm on Tuesday 21st October, with a keynote address by Ms Phillipa Cordingley, CUREE (Centre for the use of Research and Evidence in Education) and finish at 4pm on Wednesday 22nd October with a keynote address by Professor Ian Menter, University of Oxford and President of British Education Research Association (BERA).  It will, as in previous years, include a conference dinner, informative workshops and networking opportunities.  
To register for the conference click here, or alternatively contact Eimear Donnelly for a registration pack.

ICLRD Shared Services Learning Network Seminar 
The second Shared Services Learning Network seminar will take place on 16 October 2014 at the Armagh City Hotel, beginning at 4pm. The seminar will focus on the prospects for enhanced shared services on the island of Ireland, and will be addressed by Paul Dunne (Principal Officer, Local Government HR & Services, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government), and Ian Maye (Deputy Secretary, Local Government, Road Safety & Corporate Services Group, Department of the Environment).  

Visit the ICLRD website here for further information.

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 Events
INTERREG Conference
The 2014 INTERREG conference will take place Wednesday 8th October 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk. The focus will be new INTERREG VA programme and the opportunities available for cross-border initiatives.  It will show case a number of environmental cross-border focused projects which have been supported by the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme over the past seven years.

Cross-Border News
The John Hewitt Society Upcoming events in October 2014
National Poetry Day 2014 Armagh - Thursday 2 October
Banbridge Autumn Arts - Wednesday 15 October
Belfast Festival - Wednesday 29 October
For more information on the events click here

European Matters
Labour mobility in the EU 
According to a newly published Commission Memo on Labour Mobility within the EU, slightly over 7 million EU citizens worked and lived in an EU country other than their own in 2013. They represented 3.3% of the EU labour force. Some of the points around labour market mobility which the memo outlines are, recent mobility trends, advantages of mobility and what the European Commission does to defend of the rights of mobile workers.
Click here for more information.
EU Young Translators' Contest for schools 
The annual EU Young Translators' Contest, or Juvenes Translatores, will take place on 27 November 2014.  Secondary schools can sign up to compete in the competition until 20 October 2014.  It is aimed at 17 year old students and they will have to translate a one-page text from one official EU language into another.  This year the texts to be translated will focus on 'European identity'.  After the contest, European Commission translators will mark the texts and select one winner per country.  The winners will be invited to Brussels to receive their prizes in April 2015.
Click here for more information. 

Funding Opportunities

Applications are open for the Fulbright Irish Citizen Awards 
The Fulbright Irish Citizen Awards provide grants for Irish citizens and EU citizens who have been resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years to research, study, or lecture in the United States on annual basis.  Applications close on Wednesday 12th November 2014.

For more information including the types of grant available click here.


Accounts of the Conflict: Digitally Archiving Stories for Peacebuilding International Conference
The Accounts of the Conflict: Digitally Archiving Stories for Peacebuilding International Conference takes place on 17-18 November 2014 in the Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.  The aim of this conference is to explore and examine the role of digital archives of personal narratives, oral histories or testimonies in societies emerging from conflict. It is a showcase event of the ‘Accounts of the Conflict’ project at INCORE based in the University of Ulster.  This project is building a digital archive for the long-term preservation and dissemination of stories related to the conflict in, and about, Northern Ireland. The conference aims to attract both academics and practitioners from around the world with an interest in how storytelling and archiving can contribute to peacebuilding and social change in a range of diverse contexts.

For more information on the conference, international speakers, and programme click here.

Register for the conference 

Next Issue

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 Thursday 30th October.