Welcome to the SFI Science Summit 2013 - "Delivering 2020"
The theme “Delivering 2020” will focus on Horizon 2020, the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and delivery of SFI’s Agenda 2020, with a focus on the new SFI Research Centres.
Horizon 2020, emphasises the focus being placed by the EU on science and technology as a driving force to create new growth and jobs in Europe. This is mirrored in SFI’s own strategy, Agenda 2020, to deliver positive impact, both societal and economic, through funding excellent research with impact and demonstrating clear value for money invested. Day one of the Summit will focus on key areas of relevance for the research community with a view to Horizon 2020. It is essential that the research community in Ireland compete, lead and win in Horizon 2020. Mr. Sean Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation has set a target for €1billion of funding to be won by Irish researchers from the EU Horizon 2020 programme. This is a considerable step up from our success under Framework Programme 7 and will require a strategic, coordinated, concerted effort by all. SFI has planned a number of strategic initiatives to help the research community lead and win in Horizon 2020.
Earlier this year, SFI announced the largest ever state/industry co-funded research investment in Ireland where €200m of new exchequer funds with €100m co-investment by over 150 industry partners was committed to funding seven world class Research Centres. On day two delegates will hear from each of the Centres on their research, which should facilitate future collaborations and applications to the Spokes programme. There will also be an update on SFI programmes and plans for 2014.
This year’s Summit agenda includes panel discussions, debates, and workshops. We are delighted to have as keynote speaker Prof. Martin Curley, VP at Intel Corporation and Director of Intel Labs Europe. There will be appropriate representatives from the EU Commission and Dr Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland, will give an overview of support mechanisms available for funding applications as well as information on the National Contact Points (NCP) and their roles. Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from researcher Dr Willie Donnelly, Director, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) and Head of Research Waterford IT on his experiences and tips in successfully delivering a number of FP7 -funded projects. Further speakers will be added to the agenda in the coming weeks.
We invite you to submit nominations for the SFI Researcher of the Year 2013 Award and SFI Research Image Competition 2013. Winners will be announced at the Science Summit Dinner.
The 2013 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.
Prof Mark WJ Ferguson
Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland