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Science Foundation Ireland Science Summit

Ballsbridge Hotel, Monday 12th November 2018

 ‘Disruptive Innovation Transforming Society’




Registration opens – coffee and networking




Introduction from MC: Broadcast journalist Ella McSweeney

Address by Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General, Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation

Opening welcome by Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government

Presentation of SFI Awards 2018

Address from NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough

Keynote address: Science Policy in a Global Context  by Robert-Jan Smits, former Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission

Panel discussion: ‘Science Policy in a Global Context’ chaired by Prof Mark Ferguson (SFI) with Robert-Jan Smits, Dermot Mulligan, Dept of Business, Enterprise & Innovation and Prof Linda Doyle, Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin.

Keynote address: How do disruptive innovations really transform things? Lessons from the emergence of 3D printing  by Prof Tim Minshall, Professor of Innovation and Head of the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University

SFI Researcher Elevator Pitches








Dessert, tea/coffee and networking - served in coffee open area




Keynote addresses by 2018 St Patrick’s Day Science Medal Recipients, Prof Margaret Murnane and Mr David McCourt

Panel discussion: ‘Disruptive Innovation’ with Profs Tim Minshall and Margaret Murnane and David McCourt, chaired by Ella McSweeney

SFI Researcher Elevator Pitches

Dr Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General for Science Foundation Ireland: ‘Beyond Agenda 2020 – Developing Science Foundation Ireland’s new strategy’

Panel discussion: ‘Engaged Research’ chaired by Margie McCarthy (SFI) with Sarah Bowman (Trinity College Dublin / Campus Engage), Dr Sile Lane (Sense about Science) and Shaun O'Boyle (Science Communicator) 

Closing Address - Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government


17.00 – 18.30


Networking reception

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