Launch of the SpirSoP Research group

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Over 80 academics and professionals attended the launch of a new research group, Spirituality in Society and the Professions (SpirSoP), at a webinar at Waterford Institute of Technology on 21 May 2021. SpirSoP is the first spirituality research group to be established in an Institute of Technology in Ireland. The launch also marked the 20th anniversary of the MA in Applied Spirituality programme, which has been delivered as a WIT programme in Dublin since 2016. The event was co-organised by the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE), which hosts and supports the MA in Dublin. The unique research group is the brainchild of Dr Bernadette Flanagan, Chair of SpIRE, and member of the MA programme leadership team. The guest speaker was Dr Jonathan Reams, Associate Professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, who gave a talk entitled ‘Soul Space for Adaptive Leadership’. The event was introduced by Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Director of SpIRE and (until August 2021) Programme Leader of the MA in Applied Spirituality.