• Belfast joins ODI open data network

    Belfast joins ODI open data network

    Belfast has joined the Open Data Institute’s network, becoming the first open data node in Northern Ireland.

    Belfast joins the existing 18 nodes which bring together companies, universities, and NGOs who are committed to building openness into their operations, and ensuring open data is for everyone.

    Cairo joined at the same time, […]

  • Graphene sprayed spiders spin super strong silk

    Graphene sprayed spiders spin super strong silk

    Italian researchers have discovered that spraying spiders with graphene makes them produce a silk strong enough to catch an aeroplane dropping from the sky.

    The researchers from the University of Trento combined particles or nanotubes of graphene and sprayed the liquid on to spiders, which soon began spinning silk covered with the […]

  • Clarehill Plastics secures £750k from Growth Loan Fund

    Clarehill Plastics secures £750k from Growth Loan Fund

    Storage tank manufacturer Clarehill Plastics in Moira has secured £750,000 from the Growth Loan Fund to help it grow market share and export destinations.

    The loan will also allow them to develop their range of large volume plastic storage tanks through research and development and it has already helped them to create 16 new […]

  • STEM charter and network launched in North West

    STEM charter and network launched in North West

    The STEM Charter for Business and the North West STEM Employers’ Equality Network were launched in the City Hotel in Derry~Londonderry on 29th April.

    Among the attendees were representatives from the food, information technology and engineering sectors of STEM business as well as delivery partners from education and careers guidance.

    Guest speaker, […]

  • European Commission unveils plans for Single Digital Market

    European Commission unveils plans for Single Digital Market

    The European Commission has unveiled its detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, helping to remove the online barriers which mean citizens miss out on goods and services.

    Only 15% of internet users currently shop online from another EU country, meaning internet companies and start-ups cannot take full advantage of growth opportunities; […]

  • Techies in Residence offers digital help to charities

    Techies in Residence offers digital help to charities

    A new initiative to help voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations develop and implement new digital social innovations in Northern Ireland has been launched.

    Digital technology holds huge potential to help the VCSE sector develop new solutions to social problems. The Techies in Residence programme will bring together the respective expertise of […]

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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    Our 2015 Life and Health Sciences Report was launched in February at Titanic Belfast by George Freeman, UK Life Sciences Minister and Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment. The recommendations of the foresight report will help to inform a Life & Health Sciences Strategy for Northern Ireland.

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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 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 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 Chairs are Norman Apsley, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park and Seagate’s Dr. Rob Hardeman. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Dr. Joanne Stuart, Citi director John Healey 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.

ICT Digital

Our ICT Digital report is due for publication in Summer 2015.
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Advanced materials

Our advanced materials project is just getting underway.
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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.

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Belfast joins ODI open data network

May 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Belfast has joined the Open Data Institute’s network, becoming the first open data node in Northern Ireland.

Belfast joins the existing 18 nodes which bring together companies, universities, and NGOs who are committed to building openness […]

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Graphene sprayed spiders spin super strong silk

May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Italian researchers have discovered that spraying spiders with graphene makes them produce a silk strong enough to catch an aeroplane dropping from the sky.

The researchers from the University of Trento combined particles or nanotubes of graphene […]

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Clarehill Plastics secures £750k from Growth Loan Fund

May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Storage tank manufacturer Clarehill Plastics in Moira has secured £750,000 from the Growth Loan Fund to help it grow market share and export destinations.

The loan will also allow them to develop their range of large volume plastic storage […]

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