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THEA Colloquium 2020 Programme

THEA Colloquium 2020 Programme


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Session 1 - Partnership in Action
Wednesday 18th November 2020, 10:00 to 12:00

The introductory session explored the topic of Partnership in Action via a series of presentations from the sector’s research leaders on Research & Innovation projects involving partnerships with other organisations. This included regional, industry, community, and international partnerships. 

Session Chair - Dr Mark White, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, WIT
THEA welcome – Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO, THEA
Chairperson’s welcome – Prof. Vincent Cunnane, Chairperson THEA, President LIT

10:15 - Presentation 1: Advancing Human Rights and Sustainable Development in and Through Sport
Presenters: Catherine Carty, UNESCO Chair Project Manager, IT TraleePhilipp Müller-Wirth, Executive Officer for Sport and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO

10:30 Research and Innovation Highlight Video from GMIT

10:35 - Presentation 2: DkIT CONNECT Regional Enterprise Development Fund Project 
Presenters: Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation DkIT & Thomas McEvoy, Head of the Louth Local Enterprise Office

10:50 Research and Innovation Highlight Video from IT Carlow

10:55 Short Break

11:05 - Presentation 3: Interlinked Research Engagement to Support Long Term Collaboration - NPD Group and AIT
Presenters: Dr Enda Fallon, Head of Department of Computing and Software Engineering, AIT & Dermot Ainsworth, Managing Director, The NPD Group Market Research Ltd.

11:20 Research and Innovation Highlight Video from LIT

11:25 - Presentation 4: Sustainable Energy Communities
Presenters: Mel Gavin, RD&I Coordinator, IT Sligo & Dr Orla Nic Suibhne, Community Energy Leader

11:40 Research and Innovation Highlight Video from LYIT

11:45 - Session Q&A

12:00 - Session close

Session 2 - Tackling Societal Challenges
Wednesday 18th November 2020, 14:30 to 16:30

The second session began with a look at how the innovation ecosystem in the sector helped address the challenge of the global pandemic. A panel discussion explored how the R&I model within the sector makes it an ideal place to explore solutions to the challenges that society is facing, including recovery from the pandemic.

Session Chair - Dr Liam Brown, Vice-President of Research, Development and Innovation, LIT

14:30 - Dr Liam Brown, Vice-President of Research, Development and Innovation, LIT
An overview of COVID-19 contributions from the sector

14:45 - Dr Niall Smith, Head of Research, CIT, and Head of CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
Making Aerosol Safety Known (MASK) project supported by SFI Covid19 Rapid Response Funding

15:00 - Dr Hilary Kenna, Lecturer in Design and User Experience, IADT 
Universal Design and its Application to the Grocery Shopping Experience (with Musgrave/Supervalu)

15:15 - Dr Dixon Vimalajeewa, Postdoctoral Researcher at TSSG, WIT & Dr Gerald Barry, Lecturer, School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD
Respiratory Virus Propagation Modeling: A Case Study to SARS-Cov-2 Project (with Teagasc and UCD)

15:30 Short Break

15:45 - Panel Discussion
Joining the three speakers on the panel will be:
  - Dr Eamonn Murphy, Managing Director, Irish Centre for Business Excellence
  - Dr Elena Martines, Policy Officer, Horizon Europe Missions, European Commission
  - Dr Lisa Higgins, Head of Challenge Research, SFI

Session 3 - Towards a Vision for Research & Innovation in Technological Universities 
Thursday 19th November 2020, 14:30 to 16:30

As institutes of technology move towards merger and designation as technological universities, the scale of research and innovation activity in the sector will grow. The closing session focused on discussion of a vision for R&I in Ireland’s new technological universities and how they will be integrated into the new national research and innovation strategy. An international speaker set the scene. A panel discussion explored the challenges and opportunities presented by the increase in R&I in technological universities.

Session Chair: Dr Jennifer Brennan,
Director of Research, Development and Innovation, THEA

THEA welcome – Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO, THEA

14:30 - Welcoming address: Minister Simon Harris
Minister for Further and Higher Education Research Innovation and Science

14:45 - Keynote Address
Prof. Petter Aasen, Rector, University of South-Eastern Norway

15:15 Short Break

15:30 - Panel Discussion
Key stakeholders discuss opportunities and challenges relating to R&I in Technological Universities
  - Prof. Petter Aasen, Rector University of South-Eastern Norway
  - Jim Breslin, Secretary General, Department of Further & Higher Education Research Innovation and Science
  - Dr Ciarán Seoighe Deputy Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
  - Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager - Research & Innovation, Enterprise Ireland
  - Claire McGee, Head of Education and Innovation Policy, IBEC
  - Dr Orla Flynn, President GMIT

16:15 - Closing Remarks
Prof. Willie Donnelly President WIT 

16:30 - Session close

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