• 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 [...]

  • 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, 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.

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 [...]

Science Festival to feature first MAKESHOP in Northern Ireland

February 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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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

Feb
16
Thu
NI Science Festival @ Venues across Northern Ireland
Feb 16 – Feb 26 all-day
NI Science Festival @ Venues across Northern Ireland

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 of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold.

During the day, the Festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening we will present an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film for adults.

BOOKING INFORMATION

Most of our events are open to the public. Suitability, admission and booking information are indicated in the listings. Ticketing links for events can be found via the festival website. Please bring a printed copy of your ticket along to the event.

The concession rates apply to those aged 16 and under, over 65s, students and those who are registered disabled.

SCHOOL GROUPS

If you would like your school or college to attend any of our listed education events, please go to the registration link detailed on the event listing or the festival website.

DISABLED ACCESS

All partnering venues aim to be as accessible as possible however a small number have restricted access. Should you or your group require information or assistance please contact info@nisciencefestival.com. Venue Information is also available through the Access400 online service at adaptni.org

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.