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Next steps for the Research and Innovation Strategy in Ireland

Morning, Tuesday, 8th March 2022

This conference will assess priorities for R&I, including measures outlined in the consultation on a National Research and Innovation Strategy.

It comes as the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science continues to develop the new strategy which will run to 2027.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General, SFI Science Production Ireland; and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government; and Peter Clifford, Head of Strategy, Science Foundation Ireland.

Delegates will discuss the development of the final strategy, priorities for its implementation, implications for policy and stakeholders, and what will be needed to achieve its key aims, which include:

  • using research and innovation to tackle societal and economic challenges in the context of COVID-19
  • developing the research system and base, growing capacity and capability, and supporting the workforce
  • increasing public engagement
  • driving all-island collaboration, as well as collaboration with the EU and more widely, and growing Ireland’s global presence in R&I

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department for Communities, NI; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Department of Finance, NI; BEIS; the Department for Education; and the US Ireland Research Programme.

Keynote Speaker

Peter Clifford

Head of Strategy, Science Foundation Ireland

Keynote Speaker

Peter Clifford

Head of Strategy, Science Foundation Ireland


Senator Eileen Flynn

Member, Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Senator Aisling Dolan

Member, Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science


Dr David O’Connell

Director of Research Support & Policy, University College Cork

Triona McCormack

Director of Research, University College Dublin

Dr Neasa McNabola

Senior Manager, R&D Incentives Group, PwC

Dr Liam Brown

Vice-President for Research, Enterprise and Development, Technology University of the Shannon

Dr Andy Johnston

Ireland Director, Local Government Information Unit

Professor Fergal O’Brien

Director of Research & Innovation, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Leonard Hobbs

Director of Research & Innovation, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Steven Davy

Head of Division, Walton Institute for Information and Communication Systems Science

David Murphy

Director of Technology Transfer and Innovation, National University of Ireland, Galway

Allan Rogers

Chief Executive Officer, NVP Energy

Professor Bryan Scotney

Principle Investigator of the BT Ireland Innovation Centre Project; and Professor of Informatics, Ulster University

Dr Chantelle Kiernan

Senior Scientific Advisor, IDA Ireland

Peter Brown

Director, Irish Research Council