South East Research Sparks - The Sequel


south east research sparks - the sequelSouth East Research Sparks - The Sequel, a joint initiative between Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology, took place at Waterford Institute of Technology today. 

Funded under the cross-institutional collaborative projects fund, South East Research Sparks The Sequel, is the 2nd such collaborative event to be held between both Institutes. The day provided an opportunity for research-active staff across both Institutes to present their research to colleagues, as well as outlining future directions they intend to pursue in line with their Institute’s research strategy.

The first of these events held in the Institute of Technology Carlow in March 2019 proved very successful, with some researchers forging new alliances, not only across both Institutes but also within the Institutes. The Sequel event held today creates momentum to stimulate further research and collaboration between both Institutes.

The aim of the events is to build research collaborative networks between the Institutes by highlighting the research personnel, techniques, skill sets and technologies present within both Institutes. Networking over coffee and lunch breaks enabled these alliances to flourish in an effort to develop new collaborative research opportunities.

Dr. Mark White, VP Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies at Waterford Institute of Technology opened the event stating “This was a great event to bring together researchers from both Institutes with the aim of building research centred collaborative projects and networks. The success of events like these with both Institutes working together strengthens the alliances between WIT and ITC and demonstrates how we can and will work collaboratively as the Technological University of the South East.” 

The morning included brief five-minute presentations by researchers from departments across both Institutes representing a wide variety of discipline areas including microbiology, smart agriculture and energy, cancer, criminal justice, sport performance and rehabilitation.

The afternoon featured three workshops, the first of which was delivered by Sylvia McCarthy from Hyperion Ltd. who demonstrated how to support researchers in writing the impact section of a H2020 proposal. It addressed two key questions, who wrote the topic and how the project would impact EU Policies.

The second guest speaker of the day was Dr Elwin Reimink from the COST Association in Brussels who gave a motivating workshop illustrating how researchers can get involved in COST Actions and outlined the benefits not only to the researchers themselves and the Institutes, but also to the wider community. Dr Reimink also demonstrated the impact they can have on economic and social development in the region. Insightful testimonials on the benefits of participation in COST Actions were presented by Institute research staff including Dr David Culliton, Carlow and Dr Chris Mulhall from Waterford.

The third workshop facilitated by Dr Fintan Bracken, Institute of Technology Carlow and Mr David Kane, Waterford Institute of Technology, addressed policy and developments into open access to research publications, with specific emphasis on what obligations are incumbent on researchers when it comes to Open Access.

Dr. David Denieffe, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar at Institute of Technology Carlow, closing the event commented “This morning’s presentations demonstrated the diverse range of research being undertaken in Carlow and Waterford and presents opportunities to spark initial conversations amongst our research communities, not only within each Institute but across both Institutes, which will lead to future successful collaborations.”

Caption (L-R): Ms Susie Cullinane, Projects Manager, Research Support Unit, WIT, Ms Philomena Treacy, EU Research Programme Support Officer, WIT, Professor Willie Donnelly, President, WIT, Mr David Denieffe, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar, ITC and Ms Sarah O’Brien, RDI Programme Support Officer, ITC.