Link & Learn webinar: A Focus on Skills

11 May 2023 1pm – 2pm

2023 is the ‘European Year of Skills’. As skills are high on Learnovate’s research agenda, we are taking this opportunity to delve into this very topical issue for organisations at all levels. We are going to take a look at what is needed, what is being done and how we can find out more about the solutions to future-proof organisations.

We have a range of speakers to ensure we cover all angles and give a well-rounded outlook on the future of skills and lifelong learning.

Places are limited for this event so book your place now!


Keynote: Ireland’s Skills Agenda

Stephanie joined the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in 2020, as Head of the Skills and Enterprise Engagement Unit. The Unit’s work is driven by the National Skills Strategy, 2016-2025, and ensuring the effective running of the primary skills architectures in Ireland, the National Skills Council and nine Regional Skills Fora. Stephanie joined the civil service in 2010, and spent over ten years as a career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

She has served in a range of roles across Ireland’s foreign policy priorities at home and abroad, including as Head of Irish Aid & Deputy Head of Mission in Ireland’s Representative Office in Palestine, and as Head of Humanitarian Affairs & Development Partnerships in Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Stephanie has also previously worked with the United Nations in Yangon.

Panel Chair: Ciara NiFhloinn | Flexible Learning Manager – Enterprise, Employees & Skills  |SOLAS

Ciara has responsibility for eCollege, the national online learning service for FET, and the Technology Enhanced Learning Support unit which promotes the use of technology in FET for teaching and learning. Before joining SOLAS, Ciara led education and training service design and delivery projects across non-profit, social and commercial sectors in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Latin America.

Her career and academic interests focus on skills and inclusive labour markets, the impact and governance of digitalisation in public policy, and implementing user centred approaches in public services.


Kristijonas Vasiliauskas | Creative Director | STEAM Academy

Hailing from Lithuania, Kristijonas Vasiliauskas is a passionate edtech entrepreneur with a decade of experience in the industry. As the founder of Robotics Academy in Lithuania, he has successfully empowered over 8,500 students aged 4-14 to develop problem-solving skills through robotics and coding. He has also founded ExoClass and STEAM Academy. His unique approach to education combines stories, hard science, and technology, promoting afterschool STEAM activities using LEGO Robotics and a story-driven Marvel-like universe. This fosters a love for lifelong learning in children.

Dr. Ann Devitt | Associate Professor at School of Education | Trinity College Dublin

As well as being a Professor Ann is the Academic Director of The Learnovate Centre and has extensive research experience in both academia and industry. Having worked in the language and speech technology industries for a number of years in Europe, she returned to academia to complete a PhD in computational linguistics. After this she worked as research fellow in the telecoms industry where she has a number of patents and publications. In 2008, she joined the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin. She was a recipient of a Fulbright TechImpact Award in 2016 and has twice received commendations in the Provost’s Teaching Award.

Stella Collins | Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer | Stellar Labs

Known as the “Brain Lady”, Stella is co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at Stellar Labs and an evangelist for effective learning led by people and fueled by neuroscience. Stella has trained thousands of professionals in brain friendly principles. She is the author of Kogan Page’s sell-out book ‘Neuroscience for Learning and Development’ and her LinkedIn Learning course has been followed by more than 30,000 people. 

Date, Duration & How to Join

Date: 11. May 2023
Duration: 1pm to 2pm GMT

Cost: Free

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