Agenda

Day 1 – Thursday 5th November 2020

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09:00 - 09:45

Delegate Networking and Virtual Poster Showcase

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09:45 - 11:15

Live Opening Welcome

Opening address by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Welcome and opening address by Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

Q&A moderated by Dr Claire O’Connell, Irish Times

 

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11:15 - 11:30

Delegate Networking and Virtual Poster Showcase

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11:30 - 12:30

Panel Discussion

Global Response – Covid-19 Research

A discussion on the latest Scientific Research into Covid-19 across the world – vaccines, treatment, infection rates and more.

Chair: Dr Ruth Freeman – Director of Science for Society, SFI

  • Dr Michael Ryan – Executive Director, World Health Organization
  • Prof Aideen Long – Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick – Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital and Director, Undergraduated Medicine Programme, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.
  • Prof Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University and Chair of the COVID-19 Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG)
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12:30 - 13:45

Delegate Networking and Virtual Poster Showcase

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13:45 - 14:00

The Language of IllnessProf Fergus Shanahan (founding Director of the SFI Research Centre APC Microbiome Ireland and Chair of the Department of Medicine, University College Cork) discusses and reads an excerpt of his book.

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14:00 - 15:00

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: The collaborative research response to Covid-19

Coming together in a crisis – a discussion on the collaborative research response and lessons we can take forward into a new research and education ecosystem

Chair: Dr Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General of SFI

  • Mr Jim Breslin, Secretary General, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
  • Prof Kerstin Mey, President, University Limerick
  • Dr Mairéad O’Driscoll, Chief Executive Officer, Health Research Board
  • Prof Colm Bergin, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, St James’s Hospital, Clinical Professor of Medicine, TCD, Associate Director, Wellcome-Health Research Board (HRB) Clinical Research Facility, St. James’s Hospital Dublin.
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    15:00 - 15:15

    Delegate Networking and Virtual Poster Showcase

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    15:15 - 16:15

    Workshops

    Workshop 1 – Effects of COVID-19 on our research community from an equality and diversity perspective

    Led by the SFI Research Policy and SFI Research Centres Teams

    This workshop will focus on the effects of COVID-19 on our research community. Participants will be invited to share their experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically focusing on challenges facing protected minority groups (as outlined in Irish legislation, e.g. sexual orientation, family status, gender, travelling community etc.). This workshop will help us to illuminate the challenges and try to brainstorm potential solutions.

    Workshop 2 – Economy – Recovery

    Led by the SFI Economy Directorate Team

    This workshop will focus on providing insights into engaging industry and growing and managing industry partnerships.

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    19:00 - 19:45

    CURÁM – Inaugural Science on Screen Film Festival Screening

    *This is a free event running from the Science on Screen Film Festival website. It is limited to 400 tickets. Booking required.

    A streaming of the ‘Picture A Scientist’ documentary film which deals with gender bias and sexual harassment in science. Biologist and MIT Prof Nancy Hopkins, chemist and science communicator, Prof Raychelle Burks, and geologist Prof Jane Willenbring, who is credited with bringing attention to the #MeToo movement in academia and whose work in exposing workplace harassment has contributed to the creation of new policies within professional societies around fellowship and medal winner awarding procedures, and to new NSF funding policies.  https://www.pictureascientist.com/

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    19:45 - 20:15

    Film Panel Discussion

    Dr Marion Boland, Head of SFI Research Policy

    Dr Gemma Irvine, Vice-President of Equality & Diversity, Maynooth University

    Prof Merrilyn Goos, Director of EPI*STEM, the National Centre for STEM Education, University of Limerick

    Dr Shaun O’Boyle, Science Communicator, Founder of House of STEM and the International Day of LGBTQ+ People in STEM

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    20:15

    CLOSE

    Day 2 – Friday 6th November 2020

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    09:00 - 10:00

    Delegate Networking and Virtual Poster Showcase

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    10:00 - 11:00

    Panel Discussion

    An All-Island Approach to Research

    This panel discussion will explore how an all-island approach could be used to address issues such the climate crisis, disease, and the impact of Brexit.

    Chair: Dr Siobhan Roche, Director of Science for the Economy, SFI

    • Prof Emma Flynn, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Queens University Belfast
    • Claire McGee, Head of Education and Innovation Policy, IBEC
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    11:00 - 11:15

    Delegate Networking and Virtual Poster Showcase

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    11:15 - 11:30

    Cultivating Resilience – a short presentation by Dr Richard MacKinnon, a psychologist who works with some of the world’s largest tech and consulting organisations across EMEA, who will talk about coping skills in a time of crisis and how we can build personal resilience.

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    11:30 - 12:30

    Panel Discussion

    Technology for Good

    The Technology for Good session will bring together national and international experts to discuss how STEM and the latest advances in research are creating societal good and positive differences in people’s lives.

    Chair: Dr Lisa Higgins, Head of Challenge Research, SFI

    • Keynote address: Prof Neville Hogan, Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and winner of the SFI St Patricks Day Science Medal 2020
    • Keynote address: Dr Ann Kelleher, Senior vice-president and general manager OF Manufacturing and Operations at Intel, Oregon, and winner of the SFI St Patricks Day Science Medal 2020
    • Dr Mary Higgins, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, UCD and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist; Maternal Fetal Medicine Sub-specialist, National Maternity Hospital
    • Prof Mike Zaworotko, SFI Research Professor and Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering, University Limerick, Co-Director SSPC SFI Research
    • Dr Anthony Ventresque, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Funded Investigator with Lero, the SFI Research Centre for Irish Software
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    12:30 - 12:50

    SFI Awards 2020

    Announcement of the winners of the 2020 SFI Awards including SFI Research Image of the Year and the SFI Researcher of the Year 2020.

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    12:50 - 14:00

    Delegate Networking and Virtual Poster Showcase

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    14:00 - 15:00

    Workshops

    Workshop 3 – Peer Review Process and the Gold Standard Practices

    Led by the SFI Individual-led Research Team

    Featuring speakers, Dr Claartje Vinkenburg, an independent consultant and researcher in gender and ethnic diversity in research careers, Prof. Stephen Curry, structural biology and Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Imperial college London as well as Chair of the DORA steering committee, and Ms Dipti Pandya, Senior Manager of Research Programmes at the University College Dublin, Vice Chair of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) Policy and Representation Committee, and key stakeholder in the implementation and evaluation of Horizon Europe. This workshop will focus on the peer review process and the gold standard practices and potential Improvements for the Irish research community. Drawing on their breadth of experience the panel will discuss all things peer review including, gender, diversity and inclusion in academia, DORA principles as well as unconscious bias.

    Workshop 4 – Writing and publishing your book – reaching a wider public

    Chair: Dr Claire O’Connell (Irish Times) will talk to scientists and science communicators about their journey to publishing books for the general market, with audience Q&A.

    Featuring Prof Luke O’Neill (Chair, School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD),  Dr Niamh Shaw (CEO of Dream Big, Space and Science Communications), Prof Fergus Shanahan (APC Founding Director, Chair of Dept. Medicine, UCC) and Seán O’Keeffe, Publisher, Liberties Press.

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    15:15 - 16:15

    Workshops

    Workshop 5 – Epidemiological Modelling – New Dimensions and Opportunities in Ireland – led by the SFI Challenge Research Team

    Epidemiological modelling has played a critical role in the management of Ireland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will bring together a number of international and national experts to discuss the challenges faced in epidemiological modelling, the opportunities that new types of datasets and methodologies present, and explore how Ireland’s research ecosystem can contribute to the development of this important field.

    Workshop 6 – Open Access Research – led by the SFI Research Policy Team

    This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss how Open Research / Science has the potential to transform the dissemination of research outputs by removing journal paywalls, as well as improving the culture surrounding research assessment by reducing the over-reliance on journal metrics. Speakers and participants will be invited to discuss a range of Open Science initiatives (Plan S, Transformative Agreements, Open Science Platforms, DORA) that will impact the publishing landscape, and what this means for the research community and public at large.

     

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    19:00 - 19:45

    CURÁM – Inaugural Science on Screen Film Festival Screening

    This Film #2 – title to be announced

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    19:45 - 20:15

    Panel Discussion

    CURÁM Science on Screen Discussion

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    20:15

    CLOSE

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