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The MATRIX website is home to the latest Northern Ireland science & technology news, the most relevant reports and of course our own studies on Northern Ireland’s tech sectors and how best to grow them.

  • John Reid at the Airwaves launch

STEM Village at Air Waves Portrush ready for take-off

August 19th, 2019|

Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is delighted to be the official sponsor of this year's STEM Village at Air Waves Portrush, which will be headlined by Live Science presenter James Soper. The festival will showcase an array of world-class aircraft for two days of thrilling flying and a host of land-based family entertainment on Saturday 31st August and [...]

  • The 2019 Matrix panel

The new Matrix panel has been appointed

August 6th, 2019|

The new Matrix panel has now been appointed, drawing on expertise from across all science and technology sectors in Northern Ireland. The new panel is part of a total refresh which aims to bring increased focus to Northern Ireland’s emerging sectors such as Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-tech and Precision Medicine. Dr. Rob Grundy was appointed as Chair earlier this [...]

What is Matrix?

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.

The Matrix panel

We have a main panel of nineteen business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in the Department for the Economy. The Chair of the panel is Dr. Rob Grundy. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Patricia O’Hagan MBE and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

Latest science and technology events

Digital & New Technologies

August 5 @ 9:00 am - September 27 @ 5:00 pm

Kubernetes Intro

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Children playing with lego

Sharing Summer Science

August 28 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What Matrix does

The MATRIX panel commissions research, analysis and studies, to help DfE build the evidence base for future science and R&D policies within wider innovation policy.

The Matrix panel advises in three main areas:

  • Key R&D and science & technology issues affecting business innovation

  • The emerging strategic technology priorities impacting on Northern Ireland’s economy

  • The promotion of a culture of innovation and the importance of R&D and science & technology in the future, particularly with business and in regard to commercial exploitation activities.

The Matrix library

This library is a collection of Matrix reports as well as documents that the Matrix panel and secretariat have used in their research. The most recent additions to the library are here – if you want to see the full collection, arranged by topic, please visit the library section.


Gender Diversity in AI Research

Lack of gender diversity in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) workforce is raising growing concerns, but the evidence base about this problem has until now been based on statistics about the workforce of large technology companies or submissions to a small number of prestigious conferences.


Connecting Farm, City and Technology

The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils’ (GFCC) report, Connecting Farm, City and Technology to Transform Urban Food Ecosystems for the Developing World, shows how a mix of new technologies — from digital connectivity, sensors and the Internet of Things, to blockchain, biotechnology and renewable energy — can integrate to create sustainable food ecosystems for the world’s urban areas.

Live SBRIs and other funding competitions

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).

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