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Date: 23 April 2015
Time(s): 0800-1030
Venue: Ibec, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
'ISIN/SFI Seminar - Building Meaningful Industry/Academic Partnerships' image

ISIN in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) are delighted to welcome you to this breakfast seminar.  

SFI strongly encourages research collaboration between SFI funded scientists & engineers and industry. Such interactions can lead to SFI scientists & engineers becoming more informed about industrial priorities and research needs; and lead to industrial collaborators being informed about important new science and engineering research developments in Ireland. SFI plays a complementary role to that of its sister agencies IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland in assisting foreign and indigenous industry. SFI specialises in addressing companies' needs through our support of researchers in Ireland's higher education institutions. SFI provides researchers with funding, helps link them with companies that are working on relevant projects and provides the supportive environment that's so essential for collaborative work. The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy. 

The objective of this seminar is to share up to date information on SFI's suite of programmes which facilitate industry/academic collaboration. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask detailed questions on the SFI funding programmes and how to identify potential academic partners. The session will include a testimonial by IBM on that company's experiences of collaborating with the SFI research community and the mutual benefits that have been achieved through those interactions and partnerships. The audience will also learn about the Smart Futures programme.  

Smart Futures is a collaborative government – industry - education programme promoting STEM careers to post primary students in Ireland. It provides access to careers information and role models to students, parents, guidance councillors and teachers. Uniquely it aims to improve national coordination of industry efforts to drive the uptake of STEM subjects at post primary and third level and ultimately increase STEM graduate numbers. It is managed by SFI's Discover programme in partnership with Engineers Ireland STEPS programme.

Session Programme:

8.00 Registration Tea/Coffee

8.30 Welcome – Dave Feenan, ISIN

8.35 Overview of SFI Industry Facing Programmes – Dr Siobhan Roche, SFI Partnerships Manager

8.55 Q&A

9.05 Partnering with the SFI Research Community - the IBM Experience. Dr Robert McCarthy, Operations Manager, SWG Ireland Lab & IBM PDL

9.20 Q&A

9.30 Smart Futures – how the programme can help your business grow – Margie McCarthy, SFI Head of Education and Public Engagement

9.45 Q&A

9.55 Closing comments

Register for this free to attend seminar at


Attached Documents

PDF icon 0830 Dave Feenan_ISIN_Overview (0830_Dave_Feenan_ISIN_Overview.pdf | 468 kB)
PDF icon 0900 Robert McCarthy_IBM SWG Labs Ireland (0900_Robert_McCarthy_IBM_SWG_Labs_Ireland.pdf | 1.47 MB)
PDF icon 0920 Margie McCarthy_SFI_ Smart Futures_Exploring Careers (0920_Margie_McCarthy_SFI__Smart_Futures_Exploring_Careers.pdf | 1.60 MB)
PDF icon 0840 Dr Siobhan Roche_SFI_Building Partnerships Between Industry and Academia (0840_Dr_Siobhan_Roche_SFI_Building_Partnerships_Between_Industry_and_Academia.pdf | 2.28 MB)