Conference programme

GAP: The Soft Skills Summit

How to Train for Soft Skills Through Digital Games – A Case Study for Training Peacekeepers

Thursday 10 January

09:00 – 09:30  Registration Davis Theatre, Arts Building
09:30 – 09:45  Opening: Anne Holohan, Project PI and Coordinator

09:45 – 11:00 Filling the GAP:A Model Using Real World Experiences to Develop Scenarios and Learning Objectives for a Serious Game which has Inbuilt and Standardized Assessment – Anne Holohan (with Vincent Wade, Mads Haahr)

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 – 12:50 Break Out Parallel Sessions – School of Ecumenics (G6, G7, G8)

A Curriculum for the Role of Police in Peacekeeping

Chair: Maire Braniff (U of Ulster)

Walentyna Trzcińska (WSPOL) Police officers on peacekeeping missions – their tasks and preparation

Markus Feilke (German Federal Police) The importance of training on soft skills for police officers deployed to international peace operations

Peter McCutcheon (PSNI) ‘Policing Lessons from Kosovo’

Game-Based Soft Skills Learning in Different Sectors

Chair: Mads Haahr

Janet Benson (Learnovate, TCD) – Game-Based Learning into Today’s Workplaces: Who’s Winning?

Ciara Kennedy (AnimaVenture) – AnimaVenture – Unlocking the Imagination, Creativity, Empathy & Innovation – Gaming for Environmental & Inner Peace.

Culture as a Resource

Chair: Justyna Pyz

Kamila Trochowska , Ryszard Szpyra (WSU) – Cross-cultural competence in GAP

Livingstone Thompson (SIETAR) – Steps Towards Building Effective Intercultural Relations

Yvonne Masakowski (US Naval College) – Developing Global Leaders with Cross-Cultural Competency

12:50 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 14:45  Keynote: Tom Digby, Springfield College, author of Love & War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance (Davis Theatre, Arts BUilding)
15:00 – 16:30 Break Out Parallel Sessions – School of Ecumenics (G6, G7, G8)
Training Needs in Contemporary Peacekeeping Missions

Chair: Kieran Doyle


Timothy O’Brien, (Defence Forces, UN Training School) – Defence Forces PSO Pre Deployment Training.

Jonas Alberoth (Folke Bernadotte Academy) – Focusing on critical needs – soft skills for hard results

Assessment tools to improve organisational effectiveness

Chair: Anne Holohan (TCD)


Mascia Touissant (Enquirya) Tracking progress in soft skill training

Stephen Rice (Upskill) – Accreditation into action: Keeping it real in the 4th revolution

Vinny Wade (TCD/ADAPT) – Rating assessment in serious games

Gender: Challenges & Benefits

Chair: Yvonne Masakowski (US Naval College)


Gillian Wylie (TCD) Gendering peace

Tom Digby (Springfield College) – Gender as a Hindrance to Peace

Charlotta Ahlmark (ESDC) Contributing to mainstreaming gender in CSDP training


16:30 – 17:30 Opportunity to sample playing game/Games Bazaar

Davis Theatre, Arts Building

19:30 -21:30 Reception for Peacekeepers. Guest speakers: Michael Beary, Dirk Dubois, Maria Mekri

Dining Hall, TCD


Friday 11th January

09.00 – 10.40 Screening of movie: A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (2015)
10:40 –11:00 Coffee break
11:00 –12:30 Break Out Parallel Sessions School of Ecumenics (G6, G7, G8)
Curriculum for Training Civilians on Complex Missions

Chair: Petteri Taitto

Josef Reiterer (UN OCHA) Influence and Authority in Adult Learning

Silva Lauffer (ENTRi project) – Posing or Posture? Soft Skills for Hard Mandates

Vera Pavinska (CEPOL) – EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment EU-STNA 2019-2021

Exploring Alternatives in Learning Through Gaming – design and skills

Chair: Anne Holohan

Małgorzata Gawlik-Kobylińska (WSU) – Four Dimensions of Learning in the Gamified “Introduction to Cultural
Awareness” eCourse

Gene Carolan (DIT) – Unlocking The ‘Good’ Ending: What Video Games Teach Us About Sustainable Peace

Michael Cooke (MU) – The Skills of Peace Building – From Dialogue to Design

12:30 – 12:45  Closing Remarks  Anne Holohan