• Polymers Association gets government skills boost

    Polymers Association gets government skills boost

    The Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA) is one of 5 organisations chosen to test new ways to develop skills for innovation in manufacturing.

    NIPA, in conjunction with CITB Northern Ireland, is collaborating to develop innovation skills between the polymers and construction industries in Northern Ireland. Both industries have complementary skillsets and […]

  • Can you spare five minutes to take our survey?

    Can you spare five minutes to take our survey?

    Do you work in Advanced Manufacturing, Materials or Engineering? We want to hear your thoughts on the future of your sector in Northern Ireland.

    It is just under 7 years since MATRIX completed its original Advanced Materials and Engineering studies.  We are now undertaking a comprehensive review of the conclusions and recommendations […]

  • Matrix website up for two Web Awards

    Matrix website up for two Web Awards

    The new Matrix website has been nominated for two categories in the Irish Web Awards 2015.

    The nominations are for Best Government Website and Best Science & Technology Website. Judging will take place over the next few weeks.

    Previous winners of Web Awards have included IrishTimes.com, Luas.ie, Broadsheet.ie, DoneDeal.ie, Siliconrepublic.com and thejournal.ie.

    The awards are […]

  • CCEA stats show significant rise in Maths & ICT A Levels

    CCEA stats show significant rise in Maths & ICT A Levels

    The latest Northern Ireland A Level results have shown a marked rise overall in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects since 2004.

    We wanted to see whether this was part of a longer term trend, so we asked CCEA if they could provide us with figures for the last decade.

    The […]

  • Up to £20m available to develop superlight cars

    Up to £20m available to develop superlight cars

    Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £20m in collaborative research & development projects to significantly reduce the mass of road-going vehicles.

    The aim is to bring together and develop the best UK supply chain capability and expertise in the areas of advanced lightweight materials, as […]

  • International STEM students welcomed to Belfast

    International STEM students welcomed to Belfast

    Twenty-two international students from 15 different countries have been welcomed to Northern Ireland at a reception held at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, yesterday.

    Hailing from countries as diverse as Slovenia, Brazil and the United States, they’re here as part of the global exchange scheme IAESTE, (the International Association for the […]

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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  • The ICT Digital report will launch on the 15th October

    Information and Communications Technology (ICT) underpins innovation and competitiveness and is one of Northern Ireland’s most important sectors. As well as being a sector in its own right, ICT is a key enabler across all industry sectors and it is playing an increasingly important role in the economy. Currently, 27,000 people in Northern Ireland (or 4.3% of the total workforce) are employed by the ICT sector, making it one of the largest knowledge-based sectors in Northern Ireland.

    Find out more...

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 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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An online collection of reports we have used for reference and research.
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Polymers Association gets government skills boost

September 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

The Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA) is one of 5 organisations chosen to test new ways to develop skills for innovation in manufacturing.

NIPA, in conjunction with CITB Northern Ireland, is collaborating to develop innovation skills […]

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Can you spare five minutes to take our survey?

September 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Do you work in Advanced Manufacturing, Materials or Engineering? We want to hear your thoughts on the future of your sector in Northern Ireland.

It is just under 7 years since MATRIX completed its original Advanced Materials […]

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Matrix website up for two Web Awards

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

The new Matrix website has been nominated for two categories in the Irish Web Awards 2015.

The nominations are for Best Government Website and Best Science & Technology Website. Judging will take place over the next few weeks.

Previous […]

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Upcoming events

Sep
10
Thu
Horizon 2020 – the €80 billion R&D Fund @ City Hotel Derry
Sep 10 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Substantial new Research and Innovation funding opportunities are available under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. With attractive grant rates of up to 100% the application process is competitive but support is available to help you take on the challenge.

You will hear about the new ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ programme designed to speed up “idea to market” time and increase SME and researcher participation.

Experts will introduce you to a range of free services offered by Enterprise Europe Network.

If your business has a potential R&D project with the ability to have impact in Europe, then come and hear about the opportunities and local support available.

Sep
11
Fri
Horizon 2020 – the €80 billion R&D Fund @ Hilton Hotel, Belfast
Sep 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Substantial new Research and Innovation funding opportunities are available under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. With attractive grant rates of up to 100% the application process is competitive but support is available to help you take on the challenge.

You will hear about the new ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ programme designed to speed up “idea to market” time and increase SME and researcher participation.

Experts will introduce you to a range of free services offered by Enterprise Europe Network.

If your business has a potential R&D project with the ability to have impact in Europe, then come and hear about the opportunities and local support available.

Sep
20
Sun
EUROMAT 2015 @ Warsaw University of Technology
Sep 20 – Sep 24 all-day

The latest in the series of EUROMAT conferences will be hosted in Warsaw on 20–24 September 2015. The venue will be the Warsaw University of Technology, the oldest and the largest technical university in Poland.

The EUROMAT conferences have been held every two years since 1989, and have an increased record of bringing together up to 2,000 researchers, scientists, trainees, and students from both academia and industry to discuss critical developments and perspectives in the field of materials science and technology and their applications.

In 2015, the symposia within the conference will be grouped under the main headings: (A) Functional Materials, (B) Structural Materials, (C) Processing, (D) Characterization and Modelling, (E) Energy and Environment, and (F) Biomaterials and Healthcare, and there will be additional contributions on (G) Education, Technology Transfer and Strategic Materials.

The programme will include plenary lectures, parallel sessions and poster presentations. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed for quality and impact. Accepted abstracts will be assigned to oral or poster sessions, and will appear in the programme booklet. An industrial exhibition will accompany the event and a social program as well.

EUROMAT2015 marks the first time that a conference in this series has been held in Poland. Warsaw, Poland’s capital and largest city, is an economic, political, and cultural centre. It is a city with a rich history, and a wonderful combination of modern urban development and historical architecture.

Sep
24
Thu
ICONS Festival @ Titanic Quarter Belfast
Sep 24 – Sep 27 all-day

Global icons from the worlds of technology, music and screen are set for Belfast this September for the ICONS Festival which is expected to draw 20,000 visitors over four days in Titanic Quarter. It will features talk, workshops and performances involving icons in the worlds of tech, music and screen.

Among the first speakers announced for the festival is hiphop legend Chuck D, a cultural icon who helped change the face of rap music with the socially conscious and politically charged Public Enemy.

The lineup includes top Hollywood producer Bill Daly, a former Senior Vice President of Warner Bros, who oversaw film franchises such as Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes. Also speaking at the conference will be Jon Bradford, Managing Director of the TechStars accelerator in London, and Marvin Liao of SiliconValley based 500 Startups.

Festival cofounder Jim Fitzpatrick said: “ICONS is a unique and exciting new concept. We want to build
ambition and inspire action from the many thousands who will attend from across the region and far
beyond.”

At the heart of the event on Friday 25th September is a one day international conference and industry expo featuring global speakers across three stages housed in the new 6,000 sq metre Titanic Exhibition Centre and Titanic Belfast.

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September will see the world’s first Careers Carnival, the biggest careers showcase for the tech and creative sectors ever held in Northern Ireland with more than 100 companies and organisations represented.

With live music performances and film screenings, interactive technology and a bespoke food village, the
event will be a fun and rewarding experience for all.

ICONS CEO, Aaron Taylor added: “ICONS is open to everyone. From the free Skills Day for school
students, to the Careers Carnival for all generations, our conference and exclusive music gig has a range of ticket options which mean it’s accessible to everyone from the bootstrapping startup to the global CEO.”

Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast Tim Husbands said: “We’re delighted to host this major new international event. The combination of Titanic Belfast and the new Titanic Exhibition Centre will be superb venues for ICONS and we look forward to welcoming delegates and visitors in September.”

Oct
7
Wed
2015 Clinical Innovation Conference @ Riddel Hall
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day

This  collaborative conference aims to build relationships between Northern Ireland clinical researchers and the pharmaceutical industry with a view to increasing collaborative research and adoption of innovation.

Using a cross-sector approach with the needs of our patients at the centre of the plans, the event is aimed at enhancing Northern Ireland’s ability to attract, foster and implement clinical innovation.
The conference will build on last year’s successful Clinical Research Visit, which resulted in the initiation of over twenty potential new research collaborations.

One year on, the challenge is not only to maintain this momentum, but also to explore how our health and social care system can derive maximum benefit from implementing and adopting clinical innovation at a time of great change and equally great financial pressure.

Oct
8
Thu
InventNI Awards @ Titanic Belfast
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The INVENT Awards is established as the premier, must-attend event in the business calendar in Northern Ireland. On 8 October, 2015 over 600 investors, entrepreneurs, executives, top research scientists, professional services leaders and elected officials will gather at Titanic Belfast to hear the announcement of the winners of a six month-long process to discover the new product inventions from Northern Ireland with the most commercial potential.

Dress Code:
Smart Business Attire

Nov
12
Thu
Gender Diversity- promoting good practice in STEM @ Stormont Hotel
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The STEM Business Group and the Equality Commission are running a conference on 12 November at the Stormont Hotel. The topic is Gender Diversity- promoting good practice in STEM industries. We have secured some great speakers and break out session leaders for this half-day conference:

Regina Moran CEO Fujitsu UK and Ireland

Regina Moran, Chartered Engineer and recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Ltd, UK and Ireland. Prior to being named CEO of UK & Ireland, Regina was CEO of Fujitsu Ireland and led the country successfully for six years. A Chartered Electronics Engineer by specialism, she has been a key member of the Fujitsu management team since 2004. Regina was also appointed President of Engineers Ireland in 2014.

Sharron Pamplin, Atkins, UK and Europe HR Director

Sharron Pamplin who is the UK and Europe Human Resources Directors from Atkins. Earlier this year, Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, was named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015, a list of organisations leading on workplace gender equality. Breakout sessions will include: Unconscious Bias, Mentoring led by Caroline Murdoch, Schrader, Networking led by Karen Lawther, Ulster Bank and Equality Plans led by Donna Heaney, ECNI.