Policy Forum for Ireland

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


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.


Price: €125 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates