eDigiRegion conference is waiting for you in Ireland

2017. február 10.

The eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference examines how partnerships between industry, academic institutions and government can help drive regional innovation and economic growth. A range of international speakers will describe their regions’ experiences of stimulating regional innovation and developing regional partnership models. Delegates will hear about the implementation of the South East Action Plan for Jobs and from those targeting the growth of specific industry sectors in the region.

The conference explores how industry and research institutions can better collaborate to deliver Innovation that meets Industry needs; and therefore is of particular interest to those involved in sectors such as agri., digital media, pharmaceutical, medtech, advanced manufacturing and ICT in tourism. In addition, the conference will include a workshop looking at opportunities, both public and private, for funding a company’s innovation lifecycle.


Day 1 Wednesday 8th March 2017

  • 09.00 Registration
  • 09.30 Welcome Address: Prof. Willie Donnelly, President WIT &
    Dr. Tom O’Toole, Head of School of Business, WIT
  • 10.00 Keynote Address:
  • 10.20 Introduction to Conference: Prof. Bill O’Gorman, WIT
  • 10.45 Entrepreneurial Discovery Process: Dr. Marius Mitroi, Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, Romania
  • 11.30 Coffee/Tea
  • 12.00 Smart Specialisation Strategy for South-East Ireland:
    Introduction and Overview: Prof. Bill O’Gorman, WIT
    SEAPJ: Mr. Sean McKeown, Director, SEAPJ
    Implications of Spatial Strategy:
    Smart Specialisation in Action: Ms. Kathleen Prendergast, Tipperary County Council (Digital Media)
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 Keynote Speaker:
  • 14.45 Parallel Workshops
    Workshop A ‘How Industrial Doctorates benefit Industry’
    Workshop B ‘How to bring industry needs into the curriculum’
    Workshop C ‘Industry 4.0: The Digital Transformation of Industry’
    Workshop D ‘Funding the Innovation Lifecycle’
  • 15.45 Coffee/Tea
  • 16:15 Feedback from Workshops (rapporteur in each workshop)
  • 16.45 From Research to Innovation to Commercialisation (RIC) – panel discussion of mentors and mentees; Chairs: Mr. Dave Feenan and Ms. Edina Nemeth
  • 17.30 Networking and Refreshments
  • 18.30 Conference Dinner hosted at local Hotel

Day 2 Thursday 9th March 2017

  • 09.00 Registration
  • 09.30 Welcome Address: – Dr. Peter McLoughlin, VP for Research and Innovation, WIT
  • 10.00 EU Policy Trends in Innovation: Lena Tsipori, Research Innovation and Science Expert Group
  • 10.45 The Evolution of Innovation Regions in Europe: Jakob Stoumann, Oxford Research, Denmark
  • 11.30 Tea/coffee
  • 12.00 Societal Implications of the Diversity of Innovation: Prof. Ulrich Hilpert, University of Jena, Germany
  • 12.45 Lunch
  • 14.00 Blueprint for Cities and Regions: Nicolai Sederberg Rottboll, Quercus, Denmark
  • 14.45 Implementing Joint Action Plans and International Joint Action Plans: Regional Lead Partners
  • 15.30 Repository Demonstration and Workshop: Ms. Elena Simion, UEFISCDI
  • 16.00 Concluding remarks and close: Prof Bill O’Gorman
  • 16.30 Final networking

This is a FREE 2 day conference where you can either opt for day 1 or 2 or both.

More details HERE.

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