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.

Find out how to access Research and Development Funds @ Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

There has never been a better time to develop new products or services. There are significant funds available from many sources for the right project.

At this event you will hear from Andrea Conte from the European Commission on the significant funding channels available and how applying for them, is not as difficult as many think!

You will hear about local support from Northern Ireland and the variety of funding available, suitable for businesses of all sizes.

So if you are ambitious for your company and want to take the first step to producing a new innovative product or service you should attend.

R&D is not complicated – it is just the process of developing new or better products and services.

Register here to secure your place at this event.

OpenDataNI Challenge Information Evening @ Conor Lecture Theatre
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Have you an idea of how to use open data to develop a teaching resource or tool?

Enter the OpenDataNI Challenge to be in with the chance of winning £20,000 to develop your idea

Applicants are asked to harness the power of public sector open data on OpenDataNI in the development of new teaching resources which can be used by schools. The resource can be developed for either primary or secondary level education.

The proposal is left deliberately wide so that solutions could be pitched using open data to provide rich resources across a range of subjects within the NI curriculum such as environmental, social and geographical topics as well as maths, computer programming etc.


The competition will be run in two phases.

Phase 1 – applicants are asked to submit a paper based proposal for their teaching resource/tool. From these applications, 6 will be awarded £2,500 and given 6 weeks to develop their idea to a prototype

Phase 2 – 2 of the 6 prototypes will be selected to receive £20,000 each and given 15 weeks to develop a fully working teaching resource

Information evening

This info evening will give potential applicants the opportunity to hear from and engage with teaching professionals from various subject areas in order to generate ideas.

Registration for the Info evening is essential – please register here

(PLEASE NOTE: the registration form mandates a telephone number but this is not required for the evening, populating this field with a number will be sufficent to submit your registration. In the Your Message box please tell us of any dietary requirements you may have – if none please enter none)

Belfast Smart Cities SBRI meet and greet event @ City Hall, Belfast
Jul 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Small Business Research Initiative Competition: Maximising business rates revenue in Belfast

BCC is launching a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition in partnership with the Northern Ireland Land and Property Services and Future Cities Catapult.

The aim of the competition is to encourage the development of timely, accurate, cost effective and equitable solutions that can be implemented to maximise business rate revenue for the city.

During the competition a total budget of £130,000 will be available. In phase one, up to six companies will receive a maximum of £5,000 each to develop their ideas to concept stage. The best two or three of these will receive an equal share of the remaining £100,000 up to a maximum of £50,000 each to turn their ideas into commercially viable products to be sold.

  • To find out more about the competition, download the competition brief (PDF – 387KB)
  • To register your interest and enter the competition, visit our tenders page to complete an application.
    Deadline for submissions: 12 noon, Friday 26 August 2016.

Come along to a meet and greet on Tuesday 5 July at City Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm where you can discuss the types of innovations BCC is looking for. You’ll meet council officers and colleagues from Land and Property Services, Future Cities Catapult and Department for the Economy, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on the competition.

NI Digital Salon: Sustaining the Digital Talent Pool @ Belfast
Nov 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Following the theme of the September Salon on developing a digital talent pool in Northern Ireland, the November event will discuss developing the professional sector and its integral role in the current pathways of gaining the digital skills. The Salon will also explore the ideas for sustaining the talent pool.

  • The lead discussants will include Ann Carlin, Head of IS Personnel.
  • The Salon will be followed by a complimentary light lunch.
  • Please note that the places at the event are limited. Apply to attend now to avoid disappointment.
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.