We now invite abstract submissions for the 8th Children’s Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland Conference which will take place on Wednesday 4th (evening) and Thursday 5th (all day) December 2019 in Trinity College Dublin.

The conference is the Network’s flagship annual networking event. This year the theme of the event is Children Should be Seen and Heard. This theme has been chosen as a way for us all to reflect on the ways children are seen and heard in our societies, as well as the ways they should be (meaningfully) seen and heard.

This year, we are also celebrating the new collaboration between the Children’s Research Network and the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC) – CRN’s home since early 2019. On Wednesday evening, TRiCC welcomes the Trinity College community and all CRN members to a special lecture, followed by a networking reception. Then on Thursday, we hold our full day conference. Key notes include the new Special Rapporteur for Children, Dr Conor O’Mahony


Children Should be Seen AND Heard is an invitation to celebrate, share and learn from each other about what we are doing well in terms of engagement and inclusion of children and young people, but also an opportunity to consider how we may continue to overlook, forget or ignore their voices. This conference is a call for us to go further in our research, our practices and our policies with children and young people across the island of Ireland.

Possible sub-themes could include (but are not limited to):

  • Meaningful engagement of early years in research
  • Innovative/Effective Research methodologies with children and young people
  • The voice of children and young people in policy and practice
  • The right to silence; the silent child
  • The children / young people we do not want to see or hear
  • Ethical considerations of listening to and seeing children and young people in research and practice
  • The voice of practitioners working with children and young people: lessons from the field
  • Learning from Child Abuse Enquiries – 10 years on from the Ryan report: where are we now?


The aim of the CRN Annual Conference is to provide an opportunity for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to come together to hear about and share quality research and practice involving children and young people in a way that is both participatory and practical. To achieve this aim, the conference invites submissions of practical workshops, posters and oral presentations.

We invite individuals from all sectors – academia, statutory, community, voluntary – in Ireland and Northern Ireland, to submit abstracts, share their research and evidence-informed practice.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words - see below for more details and to download the submission form.

There are two types of session for which to submit an abstract:

Practical Workshops: We invite individuals or groups to submit a proposal for an active practical workshop. These workshops should have the aim of upskilling researchers, practitioners and policymakers, and should last up to an hour (please indicate proposed length of workshop). The proposed workshop should align with the theme of the conference.

Oral or poster presentations: We invite abstracts for three types of presentations:

  • Traditional oral presentation: A 15 to 20-minute presentation with PowerPoint slides, giving insights into a research study, or evidence-informed practice/policy.
  • Lightbulb presentation: A 5-minute talk, delivered with or without PowerPoint slides. This snapshot presentation is an opportunity for early-stage researchers / practitioners / others new to presenting, to share a key message – method, insight, best practice or challenge – from their work along the theme of the conference.
  • Poster presentation: An A0 poster which will be displayed throughout the day. After a successful pilot at the CRN 2019 PhD Symposium, poster presenters will be invited to prepare a (strict) 90-second ‘elevator pitch’ of their poster which they will present to all delegates at a special poster session.

To submit an abstract, please send your Submission form (download here!) to

Please title your documents clearly:

  • SURNAME.FIRSTNAME-CRNConference2019-Submission

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 16th October 2019.

Applicants will be informed whether or not the abstract has been accepted for presentation by 30th October.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel comprising members of the Network. Consideration will be given to how the content relates to the theme and focus of the conference. The panel reserves the right to reject submissions or request revisions. As presentation slots are limited the panel reserve the right to offer a poster presentation instead of an oral presentation.


Registration will open at the beginning of November. In accordance with our aim for CRN events to be more inclusive, we have amended our conference fees:

  • CRN Members: €50; student / unwaged €25
  • Non-members: €100; student / unwaged €70
  • If you would like to have a promotional stand at the Conference – please get in touch

NOTE: Avail of the member rate, as well as free or discounted entry to many other CRN events though the year, by becoming a member!

  • Student / unwaged €15/~£13*
  • Part-time employed / retired €20/~£18*
  • Full-time employed €30/~£28*



We will be opening a special conference fee waiver / travel bursary scheme for a limited number of presenting CRN members from community/ voluntary sectors or who are conducting unfunded PhD research (confirmation from PhD supervisor will be required). The call will open at the same time as registration – more information then!


Contact Dr Derina Johnson, CRN/TRiCC Research Coordinator at for more details.