HeadSpace2018 is a two-day celebration of scientific and creative investigation into brain health and dementia at Trinity College Dublin. Hosted by Creative Aging International in collaboration with DNNI (Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland) and other partners, this event will take place from 2-3 March. 

Attendees are invited to join in conversations about caring communities, research and cultural solutions, that will inform, engage, entertain and inspire.

The brain is especially sensitive to external influence and ageing. Poverty, housing and education have huge effects on health. As does access to healthcare, isolation, social connectedness and personal security. Its estimated these social determinants account for 50% of disease and mortality. We grow old in different ways. By 2041, 22% of the population with be 65 or older. Addressing this change is key to improving health but healthcare alone can’t solve the issues. It needs creative thinking and collaborative effort. Champions across society and government. Many voices and communities contributing to new scientific discoveries, innovations and cultural change in this area is important. Join us and bring your lived and learnt experience.

Speakers include:

  • Ashton Applewhite – Author and activist
  • Sarah Bowman – Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability
  • Iseult Byrne – Director of Dublin’s Culture Connects, an initiative of Dublin City Council
  • Dominic Campbell – Creative Aging International
  • Tim Carpenter – CEO/Founder, EngAGE
  • Alexandra Coulter – Director of Arts & Health South West and Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
  • Deirdre Figueiredo –Director of Craftspace
  • Tom Grey – Research Fellow, TrinityHaus Research Centre, TCD
  • Kate Irving – DCU, Lead on Elevator, national Dementia training initiative
  • Brian Lawlor – Connolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute, TCD
  • Ruth Little – Dramaturg, writer, curator
  • Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh – Senior Lecturer in Medical Gerontology, TCD and Consultant Physician, St James’s Hospital
  • Prof Desmond (Des) O’Neill – Professor of Medical Gerontology, TCD; Co-Chair, Medical and Health Humanities, TCD; Chair, National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital
  • Kevin O’ Shanahan – CNS Cork Mental Health Services/MusicAlive
  • Professor Eamon O’Shea – Professor of Economics in the School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway, founder Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and Director of the Centre for Economic & Social Research on Dementia at NUI Galway
  • Professor Ian Robertson – Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute
  • Roisin Ryder – Community Development Worker, Fatima Groups United FRC
  • David Slater – Artistic Director Entelechy Arts

For a full line up of speakers visit

This event is free but booking is required via Eventbrite:

There is a high level of interest in the event so it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment.

This event is inspired and supported by the Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland, the HSE, the Global Brain Health Institute, ISSF, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Culture Connects and Creative Ireland.



Sign up to our e-bulletin to keep up to date with the latest news and opportunities.