When Science met Business
The Southern Regional Assembly in association with the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) will host an event When Science met Business on Friday 8th June 2018 in ArcLabs, Waterford Institute of Technology. The event will provide a forum for researchers and industry to explore potential mutually beneficial collaborations.
The Assembly manages a €500 million regional investment programme running from 2014 to 2020. The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Irish Exchequer with Sustainable Urban Development co-funded by Local Authorities. A core objective of the programme is to strengthen the innovation dividend for the region.
Fostering and supporting collaboration between science and industry is key to improving our innovation standing among the regions of Europe and Internationally.
Past programmes supported the provision of infrastructure and the increase in the numbers of researchers employed in the R&DI third level sector.
The primary focus under this programme is to improve the competitiveness of the regional economy. This will be achieved through a number of routes, including the Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Centres where scientists and engineers are linked in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions. Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Fund and Innovation Partnership schemes play a crucial role in supporting the creation of technology based start-up companies and the transfer of innovations developed in Higher Education Institutes and Research Performing Organisations to industry in the region.
Mindful of the honour afforded us to associate our event with the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) to be held in Waterford Institute of Technology, we want When Science met Business, to showcase exemplar projects and in line with the spirit and objectives of the Regional Programme, facilitate where possible industry/research engagement.
The format for this half-day morning event will be a series of talks and market-place activities where attendees can hear from and meet with researchers and key programme actors. The event will be one of our #EU in My Region events for 2018.
The Event Programme will be posted on our website www.southernassembly.ie and on our social media accounts.
Please note the event is free of charge but registration is necessary.