First national Innovation Showcase on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 in the Convention Centre Dublin

Damien English T.D. Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation issues an invitation to companies in Ireland that want to find out about collaborative research, development and innovation funding and supports provided by the State.

On Tuesday 2nd of December 2014 (09.00-15.00) in the Convention Centre Dublin, companies can attend the first national showcase of Ireland’s research, technology expertise and innovation excellence.

The main focus of the event is on the 38 research centres, technology centres and national research institutes and facilities which have received significant support from the State and are delivering solutions for industry in 6 key themes; energy, food, health & medical technologies, ICT, manufacturing & materials and services and business processes.  Company representatives will be able to meet the teams from the research centres and technology centres relevant to their areas of interest.

Issuing the invitation, Minister English said, “Research Centres and technology centres are already delivering excellent scientific research and impactful technologies to industry in Ireland and I am encouraging companies of all sizes to come to the showcase to meet representatives from each of the 38 centres to discuss potential collaborations”.

“In addition to learning about the expertise and resources offered by these centres, companies can also tour the showcase to learn about all State funding and supports for innovation, R&D, Horizon 2020 supports, accessing intellectual property and the resources available in Institutes of Technology” he said.

I believe this will be a unique and useful opportunity for companies to learn about what is on offer from, and what they can gain from, the wealth of knowledge and expertise that exists within Ireland’s research centres and technology centres”.

Key speakers at the event include Stefan Lindegaard, an internationally renowned expert on the topic of open innovation and Dr. Nicola Millard, a customer experience futurologist who currently works with BT’s Global Innovation Team.

Following the recent success of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, companies interested in winning contracts to work with ESA should visit the ESA exhibit at the showcase and meet Dr. Brian Shortt, ESTEC, Manager of technology development for the ESA Science Programme and Ms. Kenza Benamar, Head of the SME Unit at ESA.

If you would like to attend this free business event you must register in advance via the event website

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