Last week saw the conclusion of a very enjoyable and thought provoking 2021 IGEES annual conference. Though it was hoped we could return to an in person event it was great that we could still go ahead in an online setting as these events are so important to sharing and driving the impact of our analytical work.
Climate change took a central role in this year’s IGEES conference. The Climate Action Plan 2021 published earlier this year signalled the important role of climate change in public policy going forward. Moving forward it is likely that climate related issues will form a key part of our work in IGEES.
Day two of the conference started with a video message from Mister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, and showcased the wider work of IGEES in terms of driving evidence informed policy and the final day highlighted the opportunities and challenges for the economy and labour market.
Guest speakers Professor Cathal O’Donoghue from the National University of Ireland Galway and Associate Professor Stephen Kinsella from the University of Limerick for brought their perspectives to the discussions and 140 people on average over the three days logged in to hear about the work carried out by IGEES which is of critical importance in terms of building up an evidence base and informing policy formulation. This work is greatly appreciated and valued throughout the Civil Service.
Conference Presentation Slides