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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TEF 2017

Friday 3rd February will be held in the GMB (Graduates Memorial Building) in TCD

Saturday 4th February will be held in the Science Gallery on Pearse Street

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Event Speakers / Find out who's speaking

Aodhan O Riordan

Senator, Labour Party for Dublin North Central.

Mark Kennedy

Managing Partner - Mazars Ireland

Deirdre McCloskey

Distinguished Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago

William K. Black

Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Richard Bruton

Minister for Education

Darragh Flannery

Lecturer at the University of Limerick

Joan O’Connor

Partner at Deloitte

Steve Keen

Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University

Louis Brennan

Professor at Trinity Business School

Jean Acheson

Economist, Department of Finance

David Norris


John Whelan

Former CEO of the Irish Exporters Association

Patricia Callan

Director, SFA

Mary Buckley

Executive Director of the IDA

Stephen Kinsella

Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Limerick

Rossa White

NTMA Chief Economist

Patrick Smyth

Foreign Policy Editor of the Irish Times

Pete Lunn

Behavioural Economist, Author, Former BBC Journalist

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Get Your Tickets / The tickets for the event

Keep an eye out for discounted tickets for our members and our affiliate societies!

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Attend Friday 3rd OR Saturday 4th

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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 above Generally, the campus is easily accessed via rail or bus for those travelling from outside the county.
TEF 2015 will take place on the 3rd and 4th of February, from 5pm on Friday to 4pm on Saturday.
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, discounts apply if you are one of our members or from one of our affiliate economic societies in Ireland.
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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