• Matrix Poetry Event – the results

    Matrix Poetry Event – the results

    We had a great turn out to the third Matrix poetry event which was held at the Black Box in Belfast on Tuesday 21st February as part of the NI Science Festival. Our panel of judges, Iggy McGovern, Jean Bleakney and Matt Kirkham judged over 120 entries to the main [...]

  • Win £250 at the MATRIX Poetry Event

    Win £250 at the MATRIX Poetry Event

    MATRIX has teamed up with the John Hewitt Society to bring you a night of talks and science themed poetry, culminating in a world record attempt for the most haiku tweeted at a single event! The event is part of the NI Science Festival and will be held Tuesday 21st February [...]

  • £500 worth of prizes to be won in the 2017 MATRIX Poetry Competition

    £500 worth of prizes to be won in the 2017 MATRIX Poetry Competition

    Could you write a Haiku about science? You could win one of two £250 prizes up for grabs in this year’s MATRIX Poetry Competition. MATRIX has launched its third Poetry Competition to highlight the links between science and the arts. For the first time MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry [...]

  • Science Festival to feature first MAKESHOP in Northern Ireland

    Science Festival to feature first MAKESHOP in Northern Ireland

    The third Northern Ireland Science Festival kicks off on 16 February 2017, with its biggest programme yet. With over 100 events across 25+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These events present some [...]

  • Northern Ireland painting game makes an impression in London

    Northern Ireland painting game makes an impression in London

    Mona Lisa, the art heist and forgery game in development by Northern Irish game developers Italic Pig, won the Very Big Indie Pitch in London last week. Thirty-seven game companies participated in this year’s Very Big Indie Pitch (VBIP) at the PocketGamer Connects conference last week in London. Each participant has no [...]

  • Future Skills Cyber Security Fundamentals Academy

    Future Skills Cyber Security Fundamentals Academy

    Do you know a graduate who would like to receive free training and qualifications in the exciting and rapidly growing technological area of Cyber Security? The Future Skills Cyber Security Fundamentals Academy offers the opportunity to be trained in an industry recognised cyber security course, focusing on the core skills [...]

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.

Find out more about our reports

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

Introducing....

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?

Click to find out....
Go to the Dashboard

The panel

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.

Find out more about the panel

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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Latest news

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

Matrix Poetry Event – the results

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

We had a great turn out to the third Matrix poetry event which was held at the Black Box in Belfast on Tuesday 21st February as part of the NI Science Festival. Our panel of [...]

Win £250 at the MATRIX Poetry Event

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

MATRIX has teamed up with the John Hewitt Society to bring you a night of talks and science themed poetry, culminating in a world record attempt for the most haiku tweeted at a single event! The [...]

£500 worth of prizes to be won in the 2017 MATRIX Poetry Competition

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Could you write a Haiku about science? You could win one of two £250 prizes up for grabs in this year’s MATRIX Poetry Competition. MATRIX has launched its third Poetry Competition to highlight the links [...]

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Live SBRIs

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) connects public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry, supporting companies to generate economic growth and enabling improvement in achieving government objectives.

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).

All of the current and forthcoming funding competitions run by Innovate UK are published on the GOV.UK website.

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Upcoming events

Mar
8
Wed
Generation Innovation Night of Ambition @ St George's Market
Mar 8 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Night Of Ambition from Generation Innovation is a unique opportunity for Northern Ireland’s young people to have their eyes opened to the world changing innovations that are happening here in Northern Ireland. Young people will join with over 70 local founders of innovation companies who have pushed what’s possible in their sectors.

Event details

Wed 8 March 2017

3.00pm – Registration, free food and networking opportunities

4.00pm – Welcome address

4.30pm – Get ready to engage, create, collaborate & innovate

8.00pm – Night Of Ambition 2017 ends

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Who should apply for tickets?

16 – 18 year olds

All innovative, creative young people aged 16 -18 who want to explore how they can change the world and unlock their potential. Suggest to your teacher that you would like to be nominated for a ticket and direct them to the link below.

Teachers

We are calling on visionary teachers of any subject, who want to get up to speed on emerging trends in technology and knowledge-based careers in Northern Ireland. Together we can set young imaginations free and propel their aspirations higher. To apply for tickets please click here

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Morrow on email diane.morrow@catalyst-inc.org or via telephone on 07557 815365

*Please be aware that there will be press and social media coverage throughout the night and after the event. Photographs and video footage of the evening will be used in upcoming print and digital media. All teachers must ensure that their students have the appropriate photographic consent forms.

Mar
21
Tue
Joining of Composites @ Titanic Belfast
Mar 21 all-day
Joining of Composites @ Titanic Belfast | United Kingdom
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.

 

Ticket price £35 + VAT per person.