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.

The panel

We have a main panel of twelve business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in DETI. 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 Chair is Norman Apsley, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Dr. Joanne Stuart, Citi director John Healey, Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell and Seagate’s Dr. Rob Hardeman.

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

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UU scientists find existing diabetes drug could offer hope for Alzheimers

March 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Scientists at Ulster University have discovered that a diabetes medication could also reverse the effects of cognitive decline commonly associated with diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Sitagliptin is an oral medication used to […]

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2015 EU Social Innovation Competition launched

March 24th, 2015|0 Comments

The 2015 European Social Innovation Competition has been launched, with €50 000 in prize money for the top three project ideas.

Now in its third year, the competition is aimed at individuals and organisations that have […]

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Simon Hamilton announces digital partnership with Estonia

March 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA today announced a digital partnership with the Estonian government.

He made the announcement during a two day visit to Estonia as part of the Invest NI trade mission to the Baltic States […]

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Upcoming Events

IET Prestige Lecture – Engineering Leadership for Innovation and Growth @ Riddell Hall
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Head of the NI Civil Service Dr Malcolm McKibben and Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton will be speaking about the challenges facing Northern Ireland’s devolved administration and the role of both indigenous and multi-national companies in reshaping our local technology, business and educational ecosystem.

Hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology NI Local Network, which is chaired this year by Intel Belfast’s Paul Moorhead, the event also features the opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of scientists, engineers, and technologists across the sector, as well as a drinks reception from 6pm and a buffet dinner.

Digitising our marketing future: an obituary for ‘Digital Marketing’ @ The MAC
Apr 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

In keeping with the view that 40 is the new 20, Professor Mark Durkin reflects on the evolution of marketing thought and practice in a technology context since 1990.

From internet marketing to electronic marketing to today’s ‘digital marketing’ he argues that marketers have been seduced by what new technology can do rather than focusing on what our customers want to do with new technology.

Digital Marketing is dead – a ‘digitised marketing’ future holds the answer.

Light supper to follow

Places are limited, booking for the event is online please click here

Big Data Week Conference @ Titanic Belfast
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Big Data Week will culminate with the BDW Conference which will take place on Thursday 23rd April in the Titanic Building. Returning after the success of last year, the conference is expected to be attended by 350+ Senior IT executives and those interested in Big Data. With industry leading speakers, this event is a unique opportunity to learn first hand about the advantages that Big Data can bring to a business, and network with those interested in Big Data.


9:00-9:45 | Registration
Tea/Coffee Served with Baked Morning Goods

9:45-10:00 | Welcome
Conference Opening by Invited Guest

10:00-10:45 | Keynote: Hewlett Packard
Patrick Demichel will give an insight into how HP’s customers, such as Paypal, use the latest hardware for their analytics.

10:45-11:15 | Skyscanner
Ewan Nicolson will give an insight on how and why Skyscanner created their data science team over the last two years, and the insights they’ve gleaned as a result.

11:15-11:45 | Coffee & Exhibition
Tea/Coffee served with Traditional Biscuits in Exhibition area

11:45-12:15 | Just Giving
Mike Unwin will talk about how Just Giving are using their data to make their online fundraising platform more efficient

12:15-12:45 | Amazon Web Services
Ian Massingham will give an overview of how Amazon’s customers are using their cloud service for Big Data

12:45-13:15 | Sky
Richard will speak to the real world pain and potential of how some of the largest companies in the UK can use open-source tools to turn themselves into real-time, data-driven companies with agility at scale.

13:15-14:30| Lunch & Exhibition
Hot Lunch served in Exhibition Area

14:30-15:15 | Panel Session
Panel Session of experts taking questions from the audience on the future of Big Data. Chaired by Dr Ben Greene (Analytics Engines) with Adele Marshall (QUB), Anthony Skinner (Moz), Tom Gray (Kainos) and Brian Hills (The Data Science Lab)

15:15-15:45 | Royal Mail
Andrew McMurtrie will talk about the work that his Data Science Team are doing in Royal Mail.

15:45-16:15 | Details to come

16:15-16:30 | Conference Close
Thank you by Roger Woods, Analytics Engines

16:30-18:00 | Drinks Reception
Drinks Reception hosted by PwCPwC

Selection of Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks served for all delegates along with canapés in the exhibition area.

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We produce reports which outline how technologies can be best exploited by Northern Ireland businesses over the next 2-10 years. These reports are an invaluable resource for government, industry and academia.
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