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DkIT Lecturer/Researcher Delivers Live Key-Note Speech at UNESCO Conference

16 March 2021

Lecturer and researcher Dr. Bernadette Brereton was recently invited to deliver a live key-note speech at a 2-day international UNESCO conference, hosted by the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland and watched online by almost 2,000 participants.  The conference was entitled ‘Education and the Challenges of the Multicultural World’ and Dr. Brereton’s speech highlighted the important role that the sociology of education can play in this discipline. 


‘I am extremely grateful to Dr Bernadette Brereton, from Dundalk Institute of Technology, for accepting our invitation to share expert knowledge in the field of education with the international audience, present at the recent International Conference ‘Education and The Challenges of the Multicultural World’,’

Prof. Anna Odrowaz-Coates, Deputy Rector at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw. She added that the Polish Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Social Pedagogy expressed their sincere gratitude to Dr Brereton for her engagement during the conference.

Dr. Brereton works in both the School of Business and Humanities and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).  Dr. Patricia Moriarty, Head of School of Business and Humanities stated that:

We, in the School of Business and Humanities in DkIT, are very proud that our colleague, Bernie, was invited to deliver a live key-note speech at this prestigious international conference.  Lecturers and researchers in the School continue to make an excellent and important contribution in their disciplines and Bernie contributes to this excellence and supports her colleagues in the School and across the sector.’

Reflecting on the event, Dr. Brereton stated:

It was an honour to serve on the Scientific Committee for this important and prestigious conference but I was especially happy to be invited to deliver a live key-note speech.  I was delighted to be able to show the positive impacts which the sociology of education approach can provide in these turbulent times.  On behalf of my institute DkIT and the ESA Sociology of Education Research Network which I lead, I would like to thank Professor Odrowaz-Coates and all her team for organising and running this excellent conference which has been so well received.

A recording of Dr. Brereton’s live key-note speech, with closed captions, is available at


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