Seminar 2: Academia, Industry and Government

  • AM Session : ACADEMIA, INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT
    • March 3, 2016
      • 9:15 am - 9:30 amDr. Lorraine Byrne - Executive Director, CRANN Institute & AMBER National CentrePresentation Title: Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER)– Partnering for Materials Impact Presentation Synopsis: AMBER is the national centre for materials science research and one of the key drivers for Ireland’s growing international reputation for excellence in materials science research. We are carrying out disruptive research with our industry partners – synthesising, designing and engineering materials for specific applications and products. We partner across established companies both multinational and SMEs and emerging companies and spin outs to innovate new products and process and exploit these internationally This provides economic growth for Ireland and extends the country’s reputation as a crenate for manufacturing and industrial research excellence. The presentation will provide an overview of the centre’s activities and will include some case studies describing our collaboration with industry.
      • 9:30 am - 9:45 amPaddy O’Boyle-Business Development – Information & Communications Technology, Invent (DCU)Presentation Title: Collaborate to Innovate Presentation Synopsis: There are very generous grants available to companies of all sizes, to support R&D projects with universities like DCU. 1) Find out how these programmes can work for your company. 2) Learn about the expertise that is available in DCU in ICT. 3) Hear some interesting case studies of companies that have worked with DCU.
      • 9:45 am - 10:00 amRaymond Wolfe - Researcher, CITPresentation Title: TBA Presentation Synopsis: TBA
      • 10:00 am - 10:15 amJulie Spillane - Director of the Centre for Innovation, DublinPresentation Title: TBA Presentation Synopsis: TBA
      • 10:15 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break and Networking
      • 10:35 am - 10:50 amCiaran Doyle – Senior CX Solution Consultant, OraclePresentation Title: What 2017 will look like for your customers? Presentation Synopsis: The unstoppable rise of mobile, social and big data analytics continues to put increased stress on Sales, Marketing and Customer Service departments. Customers have shorter attentions spans for your campaigns, demand a lower price at checkout and expect flawless customer service. I want to take a look at how companies are embracing this pressure, and utilizing these digital channels to grow their business.
      • 10:50 am - 11:05 amRory MacHale - Chief Technology Officer, IricentPresentation Title: The road to innovation requires multiple tactics. Presentation Synopsis: Iricent helps service providers take advantage of the scalability and flexibility offered by Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV). To address this emerging market, we have taken three different approaches to the delivery of innovative solutions, each dealing with the varying nature of the opportunities presented. In one case we are taking a partnership approach, building an innovative service offering from emerging product bases. In another, we are developing our own product, by leveraging a partnership with an Irish Research and Innovation centre. In the third case, we are provide innovation in the form of our specialist consulting and integration services to an industry sector which is rapidly transforming.
      • 11:05 am - 11:20 amWilliam Gallagher - Professor of Cancer Biology, UCD and Co-Founder/Chief Scientific Officer, OncoMark LimitedPresentation title: Attacking Breast Cancer Head On Via Industry-Academic Partnerships. Presentation Synopsis: Considerable progress has been made in the past two decades in respect to development of novel therapies and allied diagnostics in the breast cancer arena. However, there are still areas of significant unmet clinical need, particularly in relation to better personalisation of treatment. This presentation will cover examples of national and international collaborative partnerships between academia and industry to overcome key bottlenecks in the biomarker and drug development process as pertaining to breast cancer.
      • 11:20 am - 11:35 amAlistair Quinn – Innovation & Technology Specialist,Southern Regional CollegePresentation Title: Employer Engagement and Cross-Border Opportunities with i3 at SRC. Presentation Synopsis: i3 is the award winning business support centre at Southern Regional College. This presentation will give a brief introduction to i3 and some of the support available, including information on the cross-border collaboration opportunities available to Irish businesses within engineering and a range of other sectors.
      • 11:35 am - 11:50 amDr. Chris Keely - Senior Business Development Manager Office of Corporate Partnership & Knowledge Exchange, Trinity Research and Innovation TCDPresentation Title: How Industry can partner with Trinity College – easy access to our expertise and infrastructure
      • 11:50 am - 12:05 pmProfessor Brian O’Neill - Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services, Dublin Institute of TechnologyPresentation Title: The Greenway Hub at DIT Grangegorman. Presentation Synopsis: Dublin Institute of Technology will over the next two years undertake a major relocation of its educational, research and innovation facilities to Grangegorman, a new urban quarter in Dublin’s North Inner City . When completed, the Grangegorman campus will accommodate over 20,000 students and will include up to 2,000 student residences. The new campus is a unique international innovation hub for the Dublin region, with education, research and health facilities which will co-locate with industry, business incubation and community enterprise. Currently there are 1100 students and staff located on the Grangegorman campus. The Greenway Hub, the new research and innovation facility on the campus, will open in April 2016. Located at the heart of the new campus, the Greenway Hub will offer unique access to research facilities, innovation supports and an incubation centre for innovative and promising start-up companies. This presentation will give an overview of the award-winning DIT Hothouse programme and its extensive range of spin-out technologies available to industry across Life Sciences, Food, ICT, Software, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing and Clean Technologies.
      • 12:05 pm - 12:20 pmSinead Burke - Research Manager, MACSI (UL)Presentation Title: MACSI – The Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry
      • 12:20 pm - 1:20 pmLunch and Networking
      • 1:20 pm - 1:35 pmDr. Barry Fennell - Knowledge Transfer IrelandPresentation Title: “Inspiring Partnerships – the National IP Protocol 2016”
      • 1:35 pm - 1:50 pmAoife Braiden - Research Manager, GSIPresentation Title: Geological Survey of Ireland Research Programme aims and opportunities towards 2020 Presentation Synopsis: The Geological Survey of Ireland provides key data for researchers in the Earth science community. These data are freely available to academics, industry and the general public through online GSI database systems and include data for geological mapping, marine mapping, soil and streamwater geochemistry, groundwater resources, minerals and raw materials and geohazards. The GSI acts as a research performer, researcher funder and research collaborator. It also assists researchers through influencing research policy at a national and international level and shaping research themes and topics in larger programmes such as Horizon2020. The new GSI Geoscience Research Programme (2015-2020) aims to build capacity in the geoscience research community and will provide funding for excellent geoscience research activities in Ireland. It will also complement and support external Earth science related research programmes. In summary, the GSI Research Programme 2015-2020 aims to: Increase quality and quantity of geoscience research in Ireland, focussing on excellent research Integrate geoscience research in Ireland Inform policy through relevant, focussed and effective research outputs Increase society engagement through better understanding of Earth’s resources.
      • 1:50 pm - 2:05 pmAlfonso Blanco - Scientific Director of Core Technologies, UCDPresentation Title: UCD Core Technologies. Providing the support that you need. Presentation Synopsis: The UCD Conway core technologies programme is the most comprehensive and advanced analysis platform for the life sciences and biomedical research in Ireland. Our suite of modern genomics, proteomics, cytometry and imaging technologies allows us to offer bespoke project design and seamless analysis across several experimental platforms. As a result, we can deliver comprehensive solutions to challenging research questions for our academic and industrial partners. Our staff are highly skilled researchers who will help with all aspects of project planning, execution and downstream data analysis. Their expertise covers the broad range of knowledge and experience that ensures that our clients get the best quality service and the most out of their data. Our core technology staff will focus on your research question with a ‘problem solving’ approach to finding the best-fit solution for your particular research needs.
      • 2:05 pm - 2:20 pmEmanuele Ragnoli - Principal Investigator and Research Scientist in Analytics and OptimisationPresentation Title: The rise of anti-disciplinarity in R&D. Presentation Synopsis: “We use the word “anti-disciplinary” at the MIT Media Lab. We want people who both break the boundaries of disciplines and can move seamlessly between them. Worldviews and frameworks are so different between the traditional disciplines that practitioners have a difficult time talking to each other. The anti-disciplinarian has a global worldview that means you can translate what you learn from one discipline into another…” [How to thrive in a world where change is constant | ideas.ted.com] In this talk Emanuele will explore advantages and disadvantages of anti-disciplinarity in modern industrial R&Ds and their applications and best practices in IBM Research.
      • 2:25 pm - 2:35 pmCoffee Break and Networking
      • 2:35 pm - 2:50 pmDavid Brody- Technologist, LifeSciences Division, IDAPresentation Title: Technologies driving LifeScience R&D.
      • 2:50 pm - 3:05 pmJosé Pietri, Principal, MindShare Consulting – Paris. SHIP ProjectPresentation Title: “Alliances. The new paradigm in economic development” Presentation Synopsis: Mindshare consulting is currently working on an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance project with Louth and Meath Local Enterprise Offices and other European partners on the SHIP Project ( SMEs and HEIs In Innovation Partnership).This short talk will explore our current paradigms concerning innovation and, especially, collaboration amongst SMEs and Universities (and other stakeholders) and how Alliances can represent a new paradigm and a powerful way to produce more and better innovation for improved economic development.
      • 3:05 pm - 3:20 pmSinead Murnane - Research Fellow at Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth UniversityPresentation Title: How do you make T? Presentation Synopsis: Multi-disciplinarity is often considered to be a source of innovation – the breadth and diversity of perspectives combine to transform and create truly innovative solutions. There is a role for ‘boundary spanners’ to translate between the various disciplines, so the team as a whole can understand what is significant and relevant to each other. The ideal ‘shape’ of these boundary spanners’ skills is described as a ‘T’: deep and thorough expertise in a particular area, with broader and more general knowledge of a wider array of areas, which allows them to talk to practitioners in other specialities. But how do we learn to spread our metaphorical knowledge wings? Developing these highly transferrable skills is not trivial but they are becoming increasingly sought-after as we move further into a digital landscape, with its utopian visions of multiple seamless interconnections. Based on an on-going non-scientific social experiment, I present some observations that outline how we might purposely cultivate and nurture boundary spanning skills in a safe and encouraging environment.
      • 3:20 pm - 3:35 pmDr Magdalena Wislocka - Manager of the Scientific Visa Scheme, IUAPresentation Title: EURAXESS for researchers and business Presentation Synopsis: Magdalena’s talk will focus on services the EURAXESS Ireland is offering to universities, research institutions and companies in Ireland. EURAXESS is an initiative involving both the European Commission and countries participating in the European Union’s Framework Programmes for Research. The National Service Centre is located at the Irish Universities Association and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation. EURAXESS provides help and assistance to researchers and institutions in all matters related to international mobility. The Irish office focusses on immigration advice for oversees researchers and R&D personnel visiting Irish academic and business institutions. We operate the fast tracking visa scheme (Hosting Agreement) for non EU researchers coming to Ireland to work at universities and industry – over 2,500 researchers with their immediate family members have availed of the scheme since its introduction in 2007. Our website offers a platform for posting/searching job opportunities, and a comprehensive search application for Irish and European funding opportunities supporting R&D, recruitment and general business development for companies. We successfully assist over 1000 queries from the institutions and individual researchers annually. All our services are free.
      • 3:35 pm - 3:50 pmMichael Walsh – BeWiser Project Manager, IT@CorkPresentation Title: BeWiser – Connecting ICT clusters Presentation Synopsis: The talk begins with an introduction to IT@Cork and the EU funded BeWiser project, which aims at promoting the cybersecurity industry in Europe, and helping ICT SMEs become more competitive. It describes the work of BeWiser in promoting SME internationalisation through the Joint Action Plan, V-Linc analysis, BeWiser Connect on-line platform, the Business Roaming Agreement and Trade Missions to ICT and Security conferences and trade shows.
      • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pm
      • 4:05 pm - 4:20 pm