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

09:30 – 09:30  Registration Davis Theatre, Arts Building
09:30 – 09:45  Opening: Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education

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, Vincent Wade, Mads Haahr

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 – 12:50 Break Out Parallel Sessions – School of Ecumenics

Contemporary Peacekeeping Missions: Military Training Needs.

Chair: Kieran Doyle


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

Susan Pond, NATO

Jonas Alberoth (Folke Bernadotte Academy)

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 – Unlocking the Imagination, Creativity, Empathy & Innovation – Gaming For Environmental & Inner Peace.

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

Culture as a Resource

Chair: Justyna Pyz


Kamila Trochowska (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 – 15:30 Break Out Parallel Sessions – School of Ecumenics
A Curriculum for the Role of Police in Peacekeeping

Chair: Wilma Rooney (PSNI)


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

Christos Lamproulos (Greek Police) The Lack of Education and the Negative Management Models. How the Bad Managers’ Personality Affects their Behavior

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

Assessment tools to improve organisational effectiveness

Chair: Charlotta Ahlmark (ESDC)


Mascia Touissant (Enquirya) and Anne Holohan (TCD)

Stephen Rice (Upskill)

Vinny Wade (TCD/ADAPT)

Gender: Challenges & Benefits

Chair: Yvonne Masakowski (US Naval College)


Tom Digby (Springfield College)

Corina Sheerin (National College of Ireland) Praxis or Performance: An Exploratory Study of Gender Inequality in Investment Management

Gillian Wylie (TCD) Gendering peace

15:30 – 17:30 Opportunity to sample playing game/Games Bazaar.

Screening of movie: A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (2015)

Davis Theatre, Arts Building

19:30 – 21:30 Reception for Peacekeepers. Guest speaker: Michael Beary, Dirk Dubois, Maria Mekri. Dining Hall


Friday 11th January

09.30 – 10.00 Keynote Speaker:  Susan Pond, Building Integrity Programme, NATO (Davis Theatre, Arts Building)
10:00 –10:30 Coffee break
10:30 –12:00 Break Out Parallel Sessions
Curriculum for Training Civilians on Complex Missions

Chair: Petteri Taitto


Josef Reiterer, Un OCHA

Silva Lauffer, Head of ENTRi project

Vera Pavinska, CEPOL (TBC)/ Irene-Maria Eich (ESDC)?

Exploring Alternatives in Learning Through Gaming – design and skills

Chair: Anne Holohan


Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé (Bishops University) – Trusting to Learn:  The role of recognized expertise and authority in serious gaming and scenario-based training.

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

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

12:00 – 12:30  Closing Keynote Speaker: Tom Digby, Springfield College (Davis Theatre, Arts Building)