WHAT IS TEF? / Ireland's First Student Economic Forum

TEF is Ireland’s first and largest student run economic forum and was launched by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, in 2012. Since then TEF has grown rapidly in size and reputation.

Over the last 4 years we have been fortunate enough to welcome some phenomenal speakers to the forum including former Taoiseach John Bruton, Casey Mulligan, Martin Hellwig, Lord Adair Turner, Andy Haldane and former Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore.

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Attending / Why should you attend?

Beyond the world-class international speaker line-up, TEF affords attendees excellent networking opportunities with both speakers, fellow attendees and partner representatives throughout the weekend. Our working groups also allow attendees to have an influence on economic policy in Ireland.

Our ticket price includes:

    • Food and drinks provided by KC Peaches and the Science Gallery
    • Drink reception on the Friday night, with complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and canopés
    • Official TEF delegate pack including thermal coffee cup, pens, portfolio and lanyard

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Event Location

Trinity College
Dublin 2


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Event Speakers / Find out who's speaking

Michael McNulty

Senior Vice President of EU Packing at LEGO A/S

Stephen Kinsella

Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Limerick

Pete Lunn

Behavioural Economist, Author, Former BBC Journalist

Rossa White

NTMA Chief Economist

Joe Carr

Partner in Mazars Ireland and Global Leader of SME Advisory Services

Xin Sun

Assistant Professor of Centre for Asian Studies in TCD & Assistant Professor of Political Science and

John Collins

Coordinator of the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project

Brian Campfield

General Secretary of NIPSA, Member of the Communist Party of Ireland

Brendan Halligan

Former Secretary of the Labour Party and Member of the European Parliament

David McWilliams

Economist, Broadcaster & Bestselling Author

Friedrich Schneider

Professor at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz & Research Professor at the DIW Berlin, Germany

Francis Martin

Corporate Finance Partner at BDO Northern Ireland

John Moran

Former Secretary General of the Department of Finance

Danny McCoy

CEO at Ibec

Jennifer Todd

Director of the Institute for British Irish Studies at UCD, UN Global Expert, and member of the advisory board of the Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Project

Patrick Smyth

Foreign Policy Editor of the Irish Times

Linda Yueh

business economist, broadcaster, and author

Paddy Cosgrave

Cofounder of the Web Summit

Vernon Smith

Winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

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Attend Friday 5th OR Saturday 6th

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Event FAQS / Commonly asked questions

TEF welcomes students of all ages, from all courses, from all colleges in Ireland. It’s definitely not just for Trinity students.
TEF takes place each year on the campus of Trinity College Dublin. Specific details of where to locate the campus can be found on the map below Generally, the campus is easily accessed via rail or bus for those travelling from outside the county.
TEF 2015 will take place on the 13th and 14th of February, from 5pm on Friday to 5pm on Saturday, with plenty of time to spare for a Valentine’s date.
Over the course of two days, delegates attend talks and panels from leading speakers in their field. Delegates can interact with speakers, participate in expert-led workshops and network at our social events. It’s much more than an economics forum.
TEF is sponsored by Mazars and the NTMA, and representatives will be scouting for talent over the course of the weekend. Generally, you will have the opportunity to make plenty of new Linkedin contacts, and some of the speakers will give you great conversation-openers at interviews.
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A two-day ticket will cost €20 and one-day ticket (Friday or Saturday) will cost €12. However, early-bird tickets will cost €9 and €5 respectively, so watch this space.
Over the course of the weekend, you will get to see six leading speakers, attend four dynamic panel discussions, participate in two hours of focused workshops and enjoy a networking evening. You will also receive food, drink and a swag bag of TEF merchandise.
You can get full details of the agenda for the weekend here
There are plenty of affordable hostels in Dublin city centre, within a very short walking distance of TEF. You can find a sample of them here: http://www.hostelworld.com/hostels/Dublin

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