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Feb 2019

The 2019 Matrix Science Poetry Competition is now open

By |2019-02-14T12:26:05+00:00Feb 13th, 2019|Creative Technology, MATRIX partner, STEM|

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 fourth Poetry Competition to highlight the links between science and the arts. Two prizes of £250 are available - one for STEM [...]

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Jan 2019

MATRIX to recruit new Chair

By |2019-01-11T14:46:33+00:00Jan 10th, 2019|Uncategorised|

MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is advertising for its new Chair. There was an initial call for applications for both Chair and panel members in October. Unfortunately, the process did not generate sufficiently diverse applications from industry sectors. The decision has therefore been taken to revise the selection [...]

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Dec 2018

Former MATRIX Chair Dr. Bryan Keating awarded CBE

By |2018-12-31T13:58:32+00:00Dec 31st, 2018|MATRIX partner|

Dr. Bryan Keating has been awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Year's Honours list for services to economic development in Northern Ireland. Dr Keating was Chair of MATRIX for many years until he stepped down in 2016 and he continues to actively support the work of the panel. He [...]

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Queen’s University and PwC bring new technology degree to Northern Ireland

By |2018-12-11T13:29:09+00:00Dec 11th, 2018|Advanced Materials & Engineering, Education & Research, Government, ICT & Digital|

Queen’s University Belfast and PwC have announced that a flagship national technology degree apprenticeship will be extended to Northern Ireland, to help boost technology employment - essential to delivering on growth potential in financial services and advanced manufacturing. Queen’s will become one of only three universities in the UK to [...]

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Hundreds of Magherafelt pupils participate in global coding initiative

By |2018-12-11T13:06:09+00:00Dec 11th, 2018|ICT & Digital, STEM|

Over 250 primary and post-primary pupils from the Magherafelt area have taken part in a global educational initiative which provides an introduction to computer science. Hour of Code, part of Computer Science Education Week, saw students studying IT at Northern Regional College’s Magherafelt campus organise a series of sessions for [...]

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£1.3bn investment in new partnership driving early disease detection

By |2018-12-11T13:02:42+00:00Dec 11th, 2018|Government, Life & Health Sciences|

The second Life Sciences Sector Deal will support healthcare innovation and back businesses to create high-paid, high-quality jobs. Tens of thousands of lives could be saved by pioneering research to detect deadly diseases before symptoms even appear, thanks to a new collaboration between the government and the Life Sciences Industry. [...]

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Nov 2018

RAE MacRobert Award now open for applications

By |2018-11-02T10:04:56+00:00Nov 2nd, 2018|Advanced Materials & Engineering|

The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, is the UK's longest running and most prestigious prize for engineering innovation. It recognises outstanding engineering innovation combined with proven commercial success and tangible social benefit. Winners receive a £50,000 cash prize, gold medal and national [...]

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Oct 2018

Introducing Dr Rob Grundy, our new interim Chair

By |2019-01-10T11:22:04+00:00Oct 30th, 2018|Creative Technology, Education & Research, Government, ICT & Digital, Life & Health Sciences, STEM, Sustainable Energy|

Dr. Rob Grundy was recently appointed as MATRIX Interim Chair, following the retirement of Dr. Rob Hardeman. Dr Grundy is the founder of Anglezarke Life Sciences. He was previously CEO of CIGA Healthcare Ltd and Director of Commercial Development and Licensing at Almac Discovery. Rob’s main focus is on the [...]

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Tourism NI invests £200k in Augmented Reality Challenge

By |2019-01-25T07:48:26+00:00Oct 24th, 2018|ICT & Digital, SBRI|

Tourism NI has launched a competition to inspire innovation in augmented reality (AR) amongst the local technology and tourism industries with a £200,000 prize fund. Technology companies are being encouraged to partner with the tourism industry to develop solutions to help visitors in Northern Ireland find and encounter new experiences [...]

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Sep 2018

Steve Orr named as new Catalyst Inc CEO

By |2018-09-28T16:50:21+00:00Sep 28th, 2018|STEM|

Catalyst Inc announces today that entrepreneur and current Director of Connect, Steve Orr, has been appointed as CEO of Catalyst Inc, replacing our Deputy Chair Dr Norman Apsley OBE, who has held the position for eighteen years. Steve will take up the role on 1 November 2018. With a degree [...]

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Future Screens NI wins £13m AHRC investment

By |2018-09-12T11:49:53+00:00Sep 12th, 2018|Creative Technology|

A cross sector creative partnership, Future Screens NI, which is a collaboration between Queen’s, Ulster University and local industry partners, has announced a £13 million investment to secure the future of the creative industries in Northern Ireland. The new Creative Industries R&D partnership has been established to accelerate growth through [...]

Aug 2018

Universities collaborate on Belfast City Deal

By |2018-08-28T13:38:04+00:00Aug 28th, 2018|Education & Research|

Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast have announced their commitment to work together to support innovation and drive economic growth across the region. Through an unprecedented collaborative approach, both institutions are currently developing integrated projects in key sectors, such as Digital, Creative Industries, Advanced Manufacturing and Health, to invigorate the [...]