• Review of the 2017 Dublin Tech Summit

    Review of the 2017 Dublin Tech Summit

    The 2017 Dublin Tech Summit was held over 15-16th February at the Dublin Conference Centre, with 8 stages, over 10,000 attendees and featuring over 200 speakers and investors. Key themes this year included Creative Technologies, Internet of Things, Fintech, Medtech and Big Data. On the first morning all the focus in the foyer [...]

  • New NESTA report makes the case for collaborative problem-solving

    New NESTA report makes the case for collaborative problem-solving

    A new report from NESTA argues that the ability to solve problems with others is a crucial skill for our young people in the workplace of the future but the current education system does little to support it. "Solved! Making the case for collaborative problem-solving" looks at the need to teach [...]

  • UK government launches new Digital Strategy

    UK government launches new Digital Strategy

    More than four million free digital skills training opportunities will be created as part of a Digital Strategy launched by the UK government to help make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business and ensure the digital economy works for everyone. A pioneering new Digital [...]

  • 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 [...]

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?

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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.

Review of the 2017 Dublin Tech Summit

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

The 2017 Dublin Tech Summit was held over 15-16th February at the Dublin Conference Centre, with 8 stages, over 10,000 attendees and featuring over 200 speakers and investors. Key themes this year included Creative Technologies, Internet of Things, [...]

New NESTA report makes the case for collaborative problem-solving

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

A new report from NESTA argues that the ability to solve problems with others is a crucial skill for our young people in the workplace of the future but the current education system does little to [...]

UK government launches new Digital Strategy

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

More than four million free digital skills training opportunities will be created as part of a Digital Strategy launched by the UK government to help make the UK the best place in the world to start and [...]

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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
29
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Circular Economy Knowledge Swap @ COCA-COLA HELLENIC
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Circular Economy Knowledge Swap @ COCA-COLA HELLENIC | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom

The Circular Economy presents challenges and opportunities for organisations. Many are just at the starting point of understanding how this approach can benefit their business. Join BITCNI for this Circular Economy Knowledge Swap; an opportunity to understand how the circular economy can be applied practically within your own organisation.

Keynote Presentation

The opportunities of the circular economy: making them real in your business. Mat Roberts, Director of Sustainability Strategy, Interserve plc

Successful business models are changing at an ever-increasing speed, leveraging skills and technologies that few understood until was too late. In a world where every business can be Uber or Air B&B’d, looking at the future landscape and evolving fast are the only options. As resources become scarcer and products have a shorter design and desire life, circular economy thinking can make all business more resilient to change and buy time to implement new business models. Mat’s keynote address will focus on the key skills and abilities businesses need to adapt, rethink and succeed in the world of exponential change.

The main session will be followed by two breakout discussions which will give participants an opportunity to discuss the practicalities of implementing circular economy principles in their orgniasations:

Breakout session 1: Facilitated by Mat Roberts, Interserve

Building on his keynote, this breakout session will focus on the social side of the circular economy; how individuals and teams can flourish in a world where every skill and every experience is ‘fit for the past not the future’.

Breakout session 2: Facilitated by Elaine Kerr, International Synergies

Exploring how you can address the balance between existing business models and applying innovation.

Whether you’re already adopting a circular economy approach, are just starting, or want to find out about the benefits of employing this way of doing business, please register today.

For more information, email Peter Ramsey, or call (028) 9046 0606.