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Science Summit 2020

Welcome to the SFI Science Summit 2020 – Moving Online

Despite the many challenges presented by Covid-19, Science Foundation Ireland is determined to bring our funded research community and valued stakeholders together to celebrate the very best in Irish research. I am therefore delighted to announce that the annual SFI Science Summit will take place, fully online, on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of November 2020.

Over the two days we will deliver an engaging programme of morning keynotes and panel discussions and afternoon workshops, that will 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 will explore topics such as the collaborative response of the Irish research community to the Covid crisis; an all-island approach to research; the role of research in rebooting the economy; climate action; and harnessing technology for good. A full 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.

SFI Summit Awards – Nominations Now Open

The prestigious annual SFI Summit Awards have also opened and I encourage you now to please submit your nominations, by 4pm on Monday 19th October, for this year’s awards to recognise the excellent work of your peers and raise the profile of Irish science.  Please submit your nominations here. The winners will be announced during the Summit.

I am also delighted to announce that we will support important core conference elements such as showcasing 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 here and to submit before the extended deadline of Wednesday 21st of October.

Running in the week prior to Science Week 2020, this year’s Summit theme is ‘Choosing our Future’ and we are delighted to also partner with CÚRAM and Galway Film Centre’s Science on Screen Film Festival, to bring you entertainment, documentaries and education and public engagement discussions, exploring the important role of the arts in bringing research to life.

Moving the Summit online will ensure that our funded community can continue to engage with us in this important annual activity, in a safe and appropriate manner, and I invite you now to add the 5th and 6th of November to your calendars.

I look forward to engaging with you online then.

Kind regards,


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