Monday, 12 September 2011

National Research Forum

Hi all! Welcome back to my Blog after the summer break!

Last Tuesday I attended the National Research Prioritisation Stakeholder Forum organised by Forfas - Ireland's policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. The Research Strategy Group, set up by Minister Batt O'Keeffe in Sept 2010, is chaired by Jim O'Hara of Intel.

Neil Kerrigan Manager Industry Commercialisation Programmes in Enterprise Ireland and P J Rudden President of Engineers Ireland attending the Forfas National Research Forum.

This half-day event chaired by Forfas CEO Martin Shanahan was attended by over 200 experts drawn from Government Depts, Forfas, Enterprise Ireland, Third Level Colleges, Research Institutes and Research Companies.

Some 20 priority areas were examined in a broad spectrum across the Irish Economy including Food, Marine, Biomedicine, ICT, Creative Arts, Tourism, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities and Environment.

Recommendations will now be made by Forfas to the Government on Research Priorities to be underpinned by future investment. This was a very impressive exercise informed by specialist 'break out' group sessions in the main priority areas.

The Steering Group will report to Richard Bruton Minister for Employment Jobs and Innovation before the end of 2011.

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