Science Summit 2014 – Welcome
Welcome to the “SFI Science Summit 2014 – “Illustrating Impact”
The theme “Illustrating Impact” will focus on what impact means and the numerous forms of wide-ranging impact from economic impact to societal impact.
This year’s Summit agenda includes panel discussions, debates, and workshops covering industry, policy, environment, health, training, gender, human capital, Horizon 2020, education and outreach and more. We are delighted to have as keynote speakers: Dr Garret FitzGerald, McNeil Professor in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and winner of the inaugural SFI St Patricks Day Science medal, Prof David Cope, Foundation Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, formerly Head of the UK Parliamentary office of Science and Technology, Prof David Delpy, former Chief Executive Officer of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Dr Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature and Nature Publishing Group.
Further speakers will be added to the agenda in the coming weeks.
This year’s Summit will also feature the presentation of the Mentoring Awards by Nature.
We invite you to submit nominations for the SFI Researcher of the Year 2014 Award and the SFI Research Image Competition 2014. Winners will be announced at the SFI Science Summit Dinner. As usual the winning image will form the front cover of the 2014 SFI Annual Report.
The 2014 Summit will continue to play an important networking role in the SFI community as well as provide a unique opportunity for discussion and debate.
We look forward to meeting you in Athlone this November and encourage you to register for the Summit no later than 24 October 2014.
Prof Mark WJ Ferguson
Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland