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Manufacturing and Materials £15m competition – briefing event @ Invest NI HQ
Nov 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Innovate UK will soon be opening the second round of the new £15m Manufacturing and Materials competition. Businesses in Northern Ireland are invited to apply for a share of this to work on projects that tackle challenges in manufacturing and materials.

Projects must cover one of the following areas:

  • innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model. For example, in process engineering, industrial biotechnology, mechanical conversion processes, coatings, surface engineering, textiles, supply chain management, new product introduction processes or remanufacture
  • innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse. For example, for light-weighting, energy generation and storage (heat and electricity), electronics/sensors or operation in demanding environments

Materials could include nanomaterials, ceramics, metals and inter-metallics, polymers, composites, coatings, smart materials and joining of dissimilar materials.

Competition information:

  • the competition opens on 21 November 2016, and the deadline for registration is at noon on 18 January 2017
  • we expect to support a range of project types lasting between 6 months and 3 years and with total costs of between £50,000 and £2 million
  • projects must be led by a business and involve at least one SME
  • projects lasting more than 12 months or with costs of more than £100,000 must involve 2 or more partners working together
  • businesses could attract up to 70% of their total project costs


Time Activity
13:30 Tea/Coffee & Registration
14:00 Welcome & Introduction – Invest NI
14:15 Feedback from first call – KTN
14:45 Competition scope – Innovate UK
15:15 Application process
15:30 KTP – Ken Frame IUK
15:45 Case Study
16:00 Q&A
16:15 Close
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.


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.


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.


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 Venue Information is also available through the Access400 online service at

Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture 2017 @ Riddell Hall
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Universities, Innovation and Growth”

This year, Engineers Ireland and Queen’s University are delighted to welcome Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, to give the 16th Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture. Ann will be discussing the role of universities in stimulating growth through the people they educate and through their research and enterprise activities. She will be placing particular emphasis on the importance of partnership between universities and businesses to ensure that these benefits are realised.

The Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, will give the welcome address at this prestigious event, which is also part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm, with the lecture starting promptly at 6.30pm.

You can join the conversation on Twitter by following: @SBCLecture #sirbernardcrossland

About the speaker, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng:

A world authority on combustion and acoustics, Dame Ann is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14. She became a Cambridge research fellow in 1977 and has remained at the university ever since, including visiting research posts at MIT in 1999 and Caltech in 2001. In 1993, she became the Department of Engineering’s first ever female professor. In 2002, she was recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours, receiving a CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering, and again in the 2007 in the New Year’s Honours List when she received a DBE for services to science. In 2016, she was awarded the James Watt International Gold Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. She became the first female engineer – and only the tenth woman – to be appointed by HM The Queen to the Order of Merit.

Dame Ann started her career as a mathematician but always wanted to pursue applied mathematics and did her PhD in engineering acoustics with Prof John Ffowcs Williams FREng, who led pioneering noise-reduction research on Concorde. Dame Ann led the Cambridge MIT Silent Aircraft project, which published its radical new design concept SAX-40 in 2006 with the aim of raising aircraft industry aspirations. She now leads research on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, particularly aircraft.

Her work in aeronautics and energy has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, as well as foreign associate membership of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Academy of Sciences. She has a number of honorary degrees including an Honorary DScEng, from Queen’s University Belfast.

In 2004, she chaired the widely respected report produced jointly by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties, which highlighted the need for responsible regulation and research around the use of materials at an extremely small scale.

Dame Ann is a non-executive director of BP and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. Her previous appointments include service as a non-executive member of the board of BIS and as a panel chair for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

About Professor Sir Bernard Crossland

The Northern Region of Engineers Ireland (the all-Ireland professional body representing professional engineers of all engineering disciplines) established the annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture in 2001 at Queen’s University to celebrate and promote excellence in engineering.

Sir Bernard Crossland was a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University. He was Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 1959 – 1982 and enjoyed an international reputation as a research pioneer in high pressure engineering and explosive welding. He was a Fellow (and former Vice-President) of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 1986 to 1987 and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering. In June 2009 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Sustained Achievement Award.

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



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.


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 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.

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.

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.

VocTech Seed Workshop: Belfast @ Invest NI Headquarters
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
VocTech Seed Workshop: Belfast @ Invest NI Headquarters | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom
A pre-application workshop for people considering applying for a grant to Ufi VocTech:Seed Fund.

The aim of this event is to help organisations considering putting in an application to the VocTech Seed 2017 funding round.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for organisations who meet the criteria for innovative digital vocational learning projects.

At this event you will be able to:

  • Hear from the Ufi CEO about aspirations for the 2017 funding round
  • Meet Ufi staff
  • Discuss your project ideas one to one
  • Find out what a successful application looks like

The Fund is open for applications 24th April  – 25 May 2017 (5pm deadline).

About VocTech Seed 2017

Ufi is launching a new round of its Seed fund to promote digital solutions for vocational learning. VocTech Seed is working to create a pipeline of new approaches to vocational learning by supporting innovative and creative projects at a relatively early stage of development. By funding the design and development of novel approaches to digital vocational learning, it will help to take new ideas through basic prototyping to the next stage or to extend an existing approach to a new market, industry or community of learners.

Up to £50,000 is available for projects of up to 12 months duration.

This is an open call and we welcome proposals addressing all industries, geographies, and digital delivery approaches (within normal parameters).

Our Stage 1 application form will be live from 24th April to 25 May (17:00) but in the meantime you can:

  • Register with Ufi to get regular news and updates on the funding process
  • Book your place at a workshop or webinar to talk to Ufi in advance about your project idea
  • Read more about what Ufi is looking for – info on its strategy, funding guidelines and previously funded projects is all on the Ufi website.
  • Download the Ufi e-flyer about this call which summarises key information.

What is VocTech Seed looking for?

  • Projects which are genuinely ground breaking in their overall approach, their technology, or the sector or community of learners to which they will be applied, where people are really thinking differently about how to use technology to deliver effective vocational learning at scale.
  • Ufi is looking for ideas for high quality, innovative learning solutions that are flexible, adaptable and cost effective and which will improve outcomes for learners and improve the quality of vocational teaching and training.
  • Projects that look at any and every aspect of vocational learning, including (but not limited to) design and development of learning tools, new delivery models, evaluation and assessment, accreditation and recording evidence of achievement.
  • Projects targeted at sectors, industries and communities of learners that lack access to vocational learning due to geography, lack of funding or other factors.
  • Projects which will use Ufi funding to make something happen that could not otherwise happen, or making it happen more quickly or at a greater scale.

Successful projects will:

  • Focus on vocational learning
  • Show understanding of vocational learning and provide a solution to a defined learning need
  • Plan to test with relevant users and use feedback from testing in product development
  • Be ambitious, with a vision for taking a product to market and reaching large numbers of learners
  • Be clear about why Ufi funding is needed and what it will achieve
  • Have a plan for business sustainability beyond Ufi funding
  • Be realistic and deliverable within the timeframe
KTP Showcase event @ Titanic Building
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
KTP Showcase event @ Titanic Building | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom

Invest NI invites you to attend a Showcase event to highlight the excellent work carried out in NI through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme.

The event will be an opportunity for KTP associates currently working on projects to present a 2 minute ‘elevator pitch’ about their project and to display a poster showcasing their project.

The audience will be made up of companies, academic personnel and current KTP Associates as well as graduates and companies interested in finding out more about KTP.

Prizes will be offered for the winners of both competitions who will also be given the opportunity to present at the Digital DNA Conference in St Georges Market, Belfast on 06-07 June.

Pitches will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Clarity and explanation of the project
  • Demonstration of Business Impact
  • Delivery and presentation style

Posters will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Level of innovation
  • Business Impact
  • Overall clarity and visual impact


Time Activity
15:00 Poster tour by judges
15:30 Tea & Coffee on arrival
16:00 Introduction – Dr Vicky Kell, Director of Innovation, Research & Development, Invest NI
16:05 Dr Steve Welch, Director of Innovation KTN
16:10 Pitches commence
17:30 Presentation of prizes
18:00 Buffet & Networking
19:00 Close
Manufacturing and Materials £15m competition seminar @ South West College
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Manufacturing and Materials £15m competition seminar @ South West College | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom



Innovate UK has announced the third round of £15m Manufacturing and Materials competition. Businesses can apply for funding to support a range of innovation projects that focus on technical and commercial challenges.

Innovate UK is to support innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. Support will be awarded to projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years.

A business must lead the project. Projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects longer than 12 months must involve working with other partners.

Round 3 opens on 8th May 2017 and the deadline for registration is on 5th July 2017, with application deadline at noon on Wednesday 12th July 2017.

What you will learn

At this event you will hear from Innovate UK about the competition details and how Invest NI can help you apply.

You will also learn about the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres and how your business can access the expertise and state of the art equipment at the centres.


Time Activity
09:30 Registration & coffee
10:00 Introduction: Invest NI
10:10 Welcome – Innotech and South West College: Jill Cush
10:30 Outline Manufacturing & Materials call and application process: Innovate UK, Gerry Flynn, Lead Technologist
11:00 KTN consortium building: Robert Quarshie, Brian McCarthy
11:20 Case Study: CDE
11:40 Break / tea & coffee
12:00 Introduction to High Value Manufacturing Catapult: Ian Collier, Head of HVM
12:15 Advanced Forming Research Centre, Strathclyde: Ian Silcox, HVM Catapult
12:35 Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry: Michael Ward, HVM Catapult
12:55 NITC Case study joint Catapult projects: Colm Higgins
13:15 KTN Consortium building: Robert Quarshie and Brian McCarthy
13:45 Summary
13:50 Networking lunch
14:30 Close
Carbon management (Greenhouse gas footprinting and accounting) @ Inspire Business Centre
May 18 all-day
Carbon management (Greenhouse gas footprinting and accounting) @ Inspire Business Centre | Dundonald | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom


The Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013, require certain organisations*to state their annual quantity of emissions in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Regardless of the legal drivers, an increasing number of organisations, of all sizes and sectors, are placing more focus on Carbon Accounting. There are increasing reasons to assess the risks and opportunities presented by climate change, address energy use and associated costs, and calculate, report and reduce carbon emissions.

*This legislation applies to companies that are on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, and are UK incorporated.

Who should attend?

Anyone wishing to learn about climate risk and ways to measure, monitor, report and reduce their contribution to it. Typical attendees include owners and directors, sustainability managers, facilities managers, financial managers, energy managers and environmental consultants and managers.


This course will provide an introduction to climate change, GHGs, carbon and energy management. The aim is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to identify, quantify and account for GHG emissions in their organizations (the carbon footprint) and plan action to reduce these emissions.


Successful learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the science of climate change.
  • Outline the drivers for action on climate risk including international policy and local legislation.
  • Identify associated risks and opportunities as relevant to their organisation and supply chain
  • Plan how to act in order to minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities.
  • Understand how to measure GHG emissions and calculate the carbon footprint of your organisation.
  • Appreciate the different GHG measurement methodologies, protocols and standards and how they could be applied (includes a focus on the GHG Protocol).
  • Manage their organisation’s emissions by accounting for them.
  • Develop plans for reducing emissions following the GHG Management Hierarchy.
  • Explain the pros and cons of offsets.
  • Access tools and additional resources to support further action if desired.


Practical class exercises and activities throughout the course.


Successful candidates will receive a Professional Certificate of Achievement. Duration: 1 day


£225 per person (includes all materials, lunch and refreshments) Discounts: 20% discount for bookings made and paid for before the end of March 10% discountfor bookings made and paid for before end of April

To Book:

Please contact either Nicola Murphy / +44 (0) 7870123829 or Anna-Lisa Mills at: / +44 (0) 7971 070 434