PROFESSOR Gerry McKenna will deliver a keynote address at a major international conference on ‘Religious Pluralism in the Dialogue of Civilizations’ to be held in Iraq later this month.
Prof McKenna has been invited by the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
He will speak on ‘the importance of economic development and education in preventing and reducing political and religious conflict – lessons from Northern Ireland’.
An internationally acclaimed academic leader in the life and health sciences, Professor McKenna is currently President Emeritus and Honorary Executive Secretary of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS).
A former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster, he was co-founder of the Northern Ireland Science Park and was founding Chair of Universities Ireland. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.