We are delighted to announce that the following international and national keynote speakers will be presenting at our conference on the 24th June:

Professor Deborah Lupton

SHARP Professor, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia

Deborah Lupton is working in the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre and leading the Vitalities Lab. Her research is interdisciplinary, spanning sociology and media and cultural studies. She is the author/co-author of 18 books, the latest of which are Data Selves (2019) and The Face Mask in COVID Times (2021). She has also edited/co-edited a further eight books and published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Lupton is Leader of the UNSW Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and holds an Honorary Doctor of Social Science degree awarded by the University of Copenhagen.

Professor Ernst Bohlmeijer

Professor in Mental Health Promotion, University of Twente

Ernst Bohlmeijer graduated in 2007 on the effects of life-review on depression in older adults. Since 2007 he worked as an associate professor and since 2011 as full professor at the department of Psychology, Health & Technology at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at Twente University. His research focuses on public mental health: the development and evaluation of interventions aiming to promote well-being and reduce distress in the general population and people with chronic diseases. These, partly eHealth and mHealth, interventions are primarily based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology and Compassion. In the last years he was principal investigator and supervisor of over 12 randomized controlled trials and co-authored many meta-analyses in the aforementioned fields. Since 2010 Ernst Bohlmeijer (co-) published over 150 peer reviewed papers and three scientific books. He is editor of the Dutch Handbook of Positive Psychology.

Ian Power

CEO of SpunOut.ie and '50808'.

SpunOut.ie is Ireland's youth wellbeing information website by young people, for young people with over 180,000 young people using SpunOut.ie resources each month. '50808' is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis - big or small. 50808 publicly launched in Ireland in June 2020 and engaged texters in over 5,000 support conversations each month. Ian is also a non-executive director of the Citizens Information Board and the Community Foundation for Ireland, and is a member of the National Implementation Monitoring Committee of ‘Sharing the Vision’, Ireland’s national mental health policy. Ian has a particular interest in the area of juvenile justice and holds an advanced diploma in the subject from the King's Inn, a U.S. State Department professional fellowship in juvenile justice and the rule of law from Boston College, and a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors (Dip IoD).

Muiriosa Ryan

Social Media Manager, HSE

Muiriosa Ryan is the Social Media Manager for the HSE. She has over 10 years’ experience working in the HSE communications team. Social media plays an increasing and important role in the organisation and the team supports the HSE in its journey towards digital maturity by providing expert guidance and training on using social media effectively. Communicating through social media has played a pivotal role for the HSE during the Covid-19 pandemic.