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Welcome to the Science Foundation Ireland Science Summit 2018 – Disruptive Innovation Transforming Society

I am delighted to announce that the SFI Science Summit will this year focus on the theme 'Disruptive Innovation Transforming Society' and will take place on Monday 12th November 2018, in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4.

This full-day event provides Science Foundation Ireland with a unique opportunity to bring our funded-community and stakeholders together, to learn about our recent research outputs, and the social and economic impact of the excellent scientific research we fund. It is an important occasion to network and foster collaborations, as well as to be informed about our future plans.

While Ireland’s economy is certainly making significant progress, we strongly believe that continued investment in people and innovative R&D is vital in securing a stable and sustainable future for Ireland. As part of this year’s theme, we will work in partnership with the research community in Ireland to explore how we can best drive innovation in research with impact and excellence, to lead and disrupt, and to positively transform Irish society and beyond.

Science Foundation Ireland continues to pursue opportunities for growth and prosperity and has worked to further strengthen all our bilateral relationships internationally. The challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit, and research policy in a global context, will be among the topics for discussion this year.

We will hear elevator pitches from SFI-award holders and celebrate the very best in Irish research when we announce the winners of the SFI Summit Awards. The Science Foundation Ireland Awards recognise the best achievements of the scientific community in Ireland.  Categories include Researcher of the Year, Industry Partnership Award, Best International Engagement, Entrepreneurship Award and Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication.  I invite you now to submit nominations now (deadline for nominations and submissions is Tuesday 2nd October 2018).  Winners will be announced at the Science Summit on Monday 12th November.

We look forward to seeing you in the Ballsbridge Hotel this November, and encourage you to register now.

Kind regards,

    Mark WJ Ferguson

Prof Mark WJ Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

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