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 and developing collaboration;
  • Attracting investment and funding - as well as talent and expertise; and
  • Maximising the impact of research on the economy and society.

It will be an opportunity to discuss lessons learnt from Innovation 2020 and Horizon 2020 - particularly following the Third Progress report - as the Government begins considering the shape of future frameworks.

Discussion will focus on looking to the future for research and development and maximising its impact on the economy and society - particularly potential economic, social and health research impacts.

It takes place in the context of the renewed Research Priority Areas such as health and wellbeing; innovation in services and business processes; smart and sustainable food production and processing and manufacturing and novel materials.

Attendees will also 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

We expect discussion on how opportunities for collaboration can be recognised and facilitated, particularly in identifying and addressing national challenges, as well as the future for developing and enhancing the networks of research centres.

Further areas for delegates to consider include both domestic and international partnerships, especially post-Brexit, looking at aligning principles and goals, and identifying market opportunities.

The agenda also looks at 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, and wider cutting-edge research projects.


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