Fellowships Event 2011

Fellowships 2011 - Monday 27th June 2011
Please link here to access the Microsite for the Symposium hosted by Silicon Republic, including video highlights.
Please link here to read the Irish Independent e-Thursday article about the Symposium.
On Monday, 27th June 2011, approximately 150 of Ireland’s top researchers gathered together for a Postdoctoral Symposium in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. These talented researchers are funded under Postdoctoral Programmes run by the Irish Research Council.  They included researchers funded under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme, where the Irish Research Council co-funds researchers with industry, a scheme which was recently celebrated by Sean Sherlock T.D., Minster for Research and Innovation. These researchers were joined by a group of invited guests from Government and Enterprise.
The Symposium included the official announcement of €10 million of new awards under the Councils’ funding programmes. Announcing these new awards, Prof. Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government, emphasised the importance to Ireland of continuing to develop a highly educated workforce through programmes such as those operated by the Councils.  For more on Prof. Cunningham's comments, please link here.
An important aspect of the day was the launch of the pilot phase of Researchers.ie, a social networking platform for researchers being developed by the Irish Research Council with colleagues in NUI Galway. Researchers.ie is built on the existing social networking site LinkedIn, facilitating those with profiles on LinkedIn to automatically display their information on Researchers.ie. With a few clicks of a mouse, a researcher can join Researchers.ie, without the bother of creating yet another account and profile on yet another networking site. The Irish Research Council will continue to develop this platform over the coming months, before launching it to the wider research community in 2012.
In addition to the awards announcement and the launch of Researchers.ie, the Symposium focused on four main themes, selected to emphasise the value of investing in early-stage researchers, illustrating the impact that they can have in the academic world and beyond:
•    Creativity and Innovation
•    The Wider Impact of Research
•    Entrepreneurship
•    Research Mobility
Speakers in these sessions were:
•    Dr. Jay Chopra, Innovation Fellow, Pfizer.
•    Prof. Susan Schreibmann, Long Room Hub Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Trinity College Dublin.
•    Bob Semple, Partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers.
•    Prof. Kevin Leyden, Honorary Research Professor of Social Science & Public Policy, NUI Galway and Director of West Virginia University’s Institute for Public Affairs.
•    Dr. Pól Mac Aonghusa, Senior Research Manager at the IBM Research Smarter Cities Technology Centre.
•    Dr. Gemma Carney, Post-doctoral researcher at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway.
•    Dr. Brian Donovan, CEO, Eneclann.
•    Ruth McMahon, Contact Point for the Commercialisation Fund in Life Sciences and Food, Enterprise Ireland.
•    George Kiely, Senior Development Adviser in the Entrepreneurship Division, Enterprise Ireland.
•    Dr. Alie Kwint, Kwintessence.
•    Ken Killoran, Mazars.
•    Liam Daly, Department of Social and Family Affairs.
Copies of the speakers’ presentation are available for download on the left hand side of this page.
Video highlights and articles about the presentations can be accessed on the Microsite for the Symposium, hosted by Silicon Republic.
The symposium was well received by both researchers and invited guests.  Pictures of some of the researchers were featured in the Irish Independent and Metro Herald, and an article highlighting the themes of the symposium was published in the Irish Independent e-Thursday supplement on Thursday 7th July.