Consultative forum on new strategy for science, technology and innovation held in Dublin
14 July 2015
Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English told a technology and innovation forum that “a vibrant public research system, characterised by excellence and international linkages is vital for Ireland’s future prosperity”. The minister was speaking at a consultative forum in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin, to feed into the development of a new national strategy for science, technology and innovation.
A total of 120 representatives of all stakeholders participated, including researchers; universities; institutes of technology; indigenous SMEs; multinational firms; civil society; government departments; and state agencies.
The forum builds on a written consultation exercise earlier this year when stakeholders were invited to make submissions in response to a consultation paper. More than 80 submissions were received and a number of the key issues to emerge from these submissions were discussed at the forum, including:
- Supporting the full continuum of research;
- Enhancing collaboration between business and academia;
- Evolving the research landscape;
- Delivering a vision of Ireland as an innovation leader.
The minister said: “We have made great progress to date in building our science base in Ireland, both in academia and in industry. A key goal is to build on that success and continue to target investment at areas of greatest need, impact and relevance. This productive investment plays a key role in our economic growth and societal development so it is therefore crucial that we not only seek to maintain this investment but to see it grow over the lifetime of the strategy.”
The minister said that the workshop provided a very important opportunity for all key stakeholders to directly contribute to the development of the new strategy.