• Loreto College Coleraine scoops the BT Young Scientist Matrix Best NI School Award

    Loreto College Coleraine scoops the BT Young Scientist Matrix Best NI School Award

    Loreto College Coleraine was awarded the prize for ‘MATRIX Best Northern Ireland School’ at the BT Young Scientist Awards held in Dublin's RDS on the 13th January. Loreto students won in two categories - Dónal Close and Sian Donaghy won the ‘BT – Northern Ireland Best Project’ for their entry ‘Phone [...]

  • MATRIX welcomes three new members to the panel

    MATRIX welcomes three new members to the panel

    Three new panellists have been appointed to MATRIX, bringing with them a wealth of experience in their respective fields. Tom Gray Tom Gray has been the CTO at Kainos for over ten years and was recently appointed as Chairman of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Northern Ireland. He [...]

  • Ulster University wins £20m of EU Cross Border Funding for Research and Innovation

    Ulster University wins £20m of EU Cross Border Funding for Research and Innovation

    Ulster University has won £20m of European funding through the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, which will see the University lead three major UK and cross-border research projects. The funding, awarded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), will enable Ulster University [...]

  • CSIT cyber security incubator will provide up to £30k worth of engineering support

    CSIT cyber security incubator will provide up to £30k worth of engineering support

    CSIT Labs, the world’s only incubator programme for cyber security start-ups which provides engineering resource, is recruiting for its second cohort. The incubator is based at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s National Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security located in Belfast. Teams will undertake a [...]

  • Launch of New Collaborative Growth Programme

    Launch of New Collaborative Growth Programme

    Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has launched the Invest Northern Ireland Collaborative Growth Programme in Belfast. Invest Northern Ireland has allocated £5.7million funding over the next five years to help stimulate innovation among local businesses.One hundred per cent funding up to £25,000 is available to industry-led networks requiring facilitation support [...]

  • From Game of Thrones to gaming: how Northern Ireland became a creative hub

    From Game of Thrones to gaming: how Northern Ireland became a creative hub

    Game of Thrones now contributes £30m a year to the Northern Irish economy, but, thanks to the work of Northern Ireland Screen, the creative industries’ growth in the region goes way beyond just one TV show. Creative Review's Eliza Williams talk to CEO Richard Williams about attracting creative talent and [...]

MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is a business led expert panel, formed primarily to advise government, industry and academia on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.

We produce regular, in depth reports which outline the work, findings and recommendations of our specialist panels. These reports are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how new technologies and market opportunities can be developed within the Northern Ireland economy and beyond.

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What we do

Our role

We advise government, industry and academia on the potential for commercial exploitation of R&D and science & technology for the Northern Ireland economy.

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Our impact

Our recommendations have influenced the development of key strategies such as the Programme for Government and the Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy.

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Our partners

We work in partnership with a wide range of professional organisations, all working together to help build a sustainable economy in Northern Ireland.

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STEM

STEM Charter

We first highlighted the importance of innovation, research and development in Northern Ireland’s STEM industries in 2008 and we’ve been promoting it ever since.

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The Northern Ireland Innovation Dashboard

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The latest publication of the Northern Ireland Innovation Dashboard

A summary of Northern Ireland’s innovation performance....

....across six key innovation indicators.

The most up to date statistics...

...showing progress against the four goals of the Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy.

The Northern Ireland Executive has set an ambitious target.....

They want us to be in the top four of the 12 UK regions by 2025.

Increasing our R&D Spend....

Doubling our baseline figure of £616m in 2012 to £1.2bn in 2025.

Increasing the number of jobs in the Knowledge Economy....

....from 35,777 to 58,000 by the year 2025.

So how are we doing?

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We have a main panel of twelve business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in the Department for the Economy. The panel is chaired by Brian Keating, Managing Partner of CIP Partnership and visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster, while the Deputy Chairs are Norman Apsley, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park and Dr. Rob Hardeman. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact) at Ulster University and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

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Current work

MATRIX has a robust programme of work in place, from our main Horizon panel reports to smaller reports and ‘thought pieces’ for government and strategic bodies. We are currently working on two Horizon reports and developing a library of reports that we have produced and others that the panel and secretariat have selected from other bodies.

The 2016 AMME Report

Launched 29th November

Using the Delphi Method

for the first time

in a MATRIX report

Now available

to download

Creative Technology

Creative Technology

Matrix is about to embark on a short study into the interface between technology and creativity, following one of the supporting recommendations from the 2016 Digital ICT report.

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AMME 2016 Report

Our Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering (AMME) report was launched on the 29th November and represents our most comprehensive report on AMME in NI to date.

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The library

An online collection of reports we have used for reference and research.

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The MATRIX website is the home of Northern Ireland R&D, science and technology news.

Loreto College Coleraine scoops the BT Young Scientist Matrix Best NI School Award

January 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Loreto College Coleraine was awarded the prize for ‘MATRIX Best Northern Ireland School’ at the BT Young Scientist Awards held in Dublin's RDS on the 13th January. Loreto students won in two categories - Dónal Close [...]

MATRIX welcomes three new members to the panel

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Three new panellists have been appointed to MATRIX, bringing with them a wealth of experience in their respective fields. Tom Gray Tom Gray has been the CTO at Kainos for over ten years and was [...]

Ulster University wins £20m of EU Cross Border Funding for Research and Innovation

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Ulster University has won £20m of European funding through the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, which will see the University lead three major UK and cross-border research projects. The funding, awarded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA [...]

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SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector and generates new business opportunities for companies, providing SMEs with a route to market for their ideas and bridging the seed funding gap experienced by many early stage companies. It supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services through the public procurement of research and development (R&D).

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Upcoming events

Feb
21
Tue
Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture 2017 @ Riddell Hall
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Universities, Innovation and Growth”

This year, Engineers Ireland and Queen’s University are delighted to welcome Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, to give the 16th Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture. Ann will be discussing the role of universities in stimulating growth through the people they educate and through their research and enterprise activities. She will be placing particular emphasis on the importance of partnership between universities and businesses to ensure that these benefits are realised.

The Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, will give the welcome address at this prestigious event, which is also part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm, with the lecture starting promptly at 6.30pm.

You can join the conversation on Twitter by following: @SBCLecture #sirbernardcrossland

About the speaker, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng:

A world authority on combustion and acoustics, Dame Ann is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14. She became a Cambridge research fellow in 1977 and has remained at the university ever since, including visiting research posts at MIT in 1999 and Caltech in 2001. In 1993, she became the Department of Engineering’s first ever female professor. In 2002, she was recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours, receiving a CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering, and again in the 2007 in the New Year’s Honours List when she received a DBE for services to science. In 2016, she was awarded the James Watt International Gold Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. She became the first female engineer – and only the tenth woman – to be appointed by HM The Queen to the Order of Merit.

Dame Ann started her career as a mathematician but always wanted to pursue applied mathematics and did her PhD in engineering acoustics with Prof John Ffowcs Williams FREng, who led pioneering noise-reduction research on Concorde. Dame Ann led the Cambridge MIT Silent Aircraft project, which published its radical new design concept SAX-40 in 2006 with the aim of raising aircraft industry aspirations. She now leads research on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, particularly aircraft.

Her work in aeronautics and energy has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, as well as foreign associate membership of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Academy of Sciences. She has a number of honorary degrees including an Honorary DScEng, from Queen’s University Belfast.

In 2004, she chaired the widely respected report produced jointly by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties, which highlighted the need for responsible regulation and research around the use of materials at an extremely small scale.

Dame Ann is a non-executive director of BP and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. Her previous appointments include service as a non-executive member of the board of BIS and as a panel chair for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

About Professor Sir Bernard Crossland

The Northern Region of Engineers Ireland (the all-Ireland professional body representing professional engineers of all engineering disciplines) established the annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture in 2001 at Queen’s University to celebrate and promote excellence in engineering.

Sir Bernard Crossland was a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University. He was Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 1959 – 1982 and enjoyed an international reputation as a research pioneer in high pressure engineering and explosive welding. He was a Fellow (and former Vice-President) of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 1986 to 1987 and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering. In June 2009 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Sustained Achievement Award.

Mar
21
Tue
Joining of Composites @ Titanic Belfast
Mar 21 all-day
Joining of Composites @ Titanic Belfast
To highlight developments in composite joining that are pushing the boundaries in a variety of sectors

Much of the research effort in composites in recent years has focused on their manufacture – to automate their lay up and speed up their cure and much of the low hanging fruit has already been had. However, when it comes to their assembly and joining to other components of similar or dissimilar materials, often traditional fastening technology is used.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in partnership with the Irish Composites Centre (IComp) are organising this event where developments in composite joining that are pushing the boundaries in a variety of sectors both where composites have become mainstream and also in newer applications will be highlighted.

Abstracts are invited from speakers interested in presenting their work. These need not be longer than 300 words and must be received by 16 January. Please send to ajay.kapadia@ktn-uk.org and Terry.McGrail@ul.ie.

If successful, you will be notified and invited to speak no later than 20 January.

Ticket price £35 + VAT per person.