Prof. John McCanny, Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology at Queen’s University Belfast will deliver a lecture to the Irish Academy of Engineering at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 21st February 2012 in The Great Hall, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast. The lecture entitled, Research & Innovation – Successful Models for Economic Impact, is open to the public and will deal with the following:
Competitiveness in a global economy is highly dependent on our ability to create new knowledge that in turn drives new innovations and new market opportunities. A key aspect of this is a nation’s ability to captilalise on and create new products and services from its research base and the role that business focused Research Centres, can play a key role in enabling effective Knowledge Transfer, between the academia and industry. This Lecture will give an overview of how these challenges are being addressed by Queen’s University through its Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) the research flagship for the Northern Ireland Science Park.
- Engineering Research in Irish Economic Development
This paper was prepared by a taskforce organised by the Irish Academy of Engineering. The paper highlights the importance of Engineering Research to the future success of the Irish economy. The paper recommends that the overriding criterion for the Government’s research funding should be the impact of the research on the economy, in the short to medium term. The paper also addresses the need for greater collaboration between universities, research institutes and institutes of technology, through the establishment of Engineering Research Platforms in selected topics of national importance. It emphasises the need for much closer involvement of industry with the School of Engineering.