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Science Summit 2021

In the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the enormous contribution of science, research and innovation. Scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians have continued to discover, innovate, and implement solutions which have had a positive impact on our society and economy.

Following the exceptional achievements of the Irish research system over the last year, I am delighted to announce that the annual SFI Science Summit will take place online on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of November 2021. This is a fantastic opportunity for our funded research community and valued stakeholders to come together to celebrate the very best in Irish research.

This year’s Summit theme is ‘Creating our Future’ to align with the Government of Ireland campaign that aims to spark a National Conversation on Research in Ireland. This campaign presents a unique opportunity for researchers from all disciplines to engage with the public to talk about their research and how it can play a role in their lives. It is also a chance for everyone – the public, researchers themselves, policymakers etc. – to submit their own ideas on what we should explore to create a better future.

A full Summit agenda will be shared over the coming weeks, and an email will be issued to notify you when registration and the workshop booking facility opens. As the Summit will again be virtual, I am delighted to invite our funded researchers to extend the invitation to their wider team members such as Post-doctoral and PhD students to participate and register.

SFI Summit Awards – Nominations Now Open

The prestigious annual SFI Summit Awards have opened and I encourage you to now submit your nominations for this year’s awards and recognise the important work of your peers. Award recipients will be announced during the Summit.

We will showcase emerging research from across the SFI portfolio via the SFI Summit virtual poster sessions, and peer to peer networking. I encourage you to read the virtual poster guidelines and to submit before the deadline of Monday, 4th of October 2021.

This year’s Summit will deliver an engaging programme of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops to provide insights and updates on our strategic direction and discuss opportunities for Irish research, under the new government Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. We are also delighted to again partner with CÚRAM and Galway Film Centre’s Science on Screen Film Festival to bring you entertainment, exploring the important role of the arts in bringing research to life.

I invite you now to add the SFI Summit on the 4th and 5th of November to your calendars and look forward to engaging with you online then.

Kind regards,


Prof Mark W.J. Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland