Policy Forum for Ireland

The future for research and innovation in third-level institutions after 2020 - partnerships, investment and realising the benefits across Ireland

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Central Dublin

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This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the future for research and innovation in third-level institutions - focusing on partnership opportunities, investment and funding, and ensuring the research results in benefits across Irish society.


It will be an opportunity to discuss lessons learnt from Innovation 2020 and Horizon 2020, as the Government begins considering the shape of future frameworks.


Delegates will examine the priorities for research and innovation post-2020, particularly with regard to funding streams, collaboration and integrating research and innovation - and the steps that can be taken to more effectively capitalise on current opportunities and prepare for future ones.


A focus for the agenda is how it can be ensured that the benefits of research and innovation in higher education institutions can be felt by all parts of society - particularly potential economic, social and health research impacts.


Attendees will look at how ties between business and third-level institutions can be strengthened, in line with the goals of Innovation 2020 and the Action Plan for Education 2018, with discussion expected on how opportunities for collaboration can be recognised and facilitated, and options for addressing challenges such as the differences in cultures and strategic timeframes.


We expect discussion on both domestic and international partnerships, especially post-Brexit, looking at aligning principles and goals, and identifying market opportunities.


We also expect a focus on the development of research staff, including issues around diversity, career guidance, training and developing strong career pathways.


Further sessions assess options for tackling funding and resource challenges for Irish universities, including how they can attract both Irish and foreign investment, and develop and support their own spin-out business ventures.


 



Guest of Honour

John Halligan TD

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development

Guest of Honour

John Halligan TD

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development

Keynote Speaker

Gearoid Mooney

Divisional Manager, Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland

Speakers

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer

Member, Royal Irish Academy; Chair, Irish Research Council and Director, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Lisa Keating

Director, Research and Innovation, Irish Universities Association

Claire McGee

Senior Innovation and Education Policy Executive, Ibec

Professor Linda Doyle

Dean and Vice President for Research, Trinity College Dublin