How can the NI economy become more competitive in the 21st century global economy?

Prof Rob Gilles (QUB) The Northern Ireland (NI) economy competes in an increasingly complex global setting. Since 2007 the global economy seems to be in a perpetual state of volatility. This presentation addresses how recent developments in economics can help understand how businesses and economies compete in this global setting and how these insights can … Read more How can the NI economy become more competitive in the 21st century global economy?

The Need for Energy Storage in Northern Ireland as a mechanism for Efficient Electrical Network Use

Prof NJ Hewitt & Dr P Griffiths (Ulster) Wind energy is the large scale renewable energy electricity provider of choice with a marriage of a mature cost effective technology and an excellent wind resource in Northern Ireland. However, given the variability of wind energy, its availability does not always coincide with our electricity needs. Furthermore … Read more The Need for Energy Storage in Northern Ireland as a mechanism for Efficient Electrical Network Use

The effectiveness of the policy and support environment for local food production competitiveness, innovation and growth

Prof Barry Quinn, Ms Lynsey McKitterick, Dr Adele Dunn and Prof Rodney McAdam (Ulster) This presentation focuses on the effectiveness of policy for SME (small and medium enterprises) innovation in the food chain. Specifically it provides evidence-based recommendations for policy-makers arising from research into the effectiveness of the policy and support environment in fostering innovation, competitiveness … Read more The effectiveness of the policy and support environment for local food production competitiveness, innovation and growth

Delivering effective enterprise education – the role of learning design and technology

Professor Pauric McGowan (UU), Dr Richard Blundel (OU) and Dr Kristen Reid (OU) – Public policy statements on enterprise and entrepreneurship education have emphasised its importance in relation to the promotion of economic growth, community development and resilience. However, there is continuing debate over the nature, scope and effectiveness of existing approaches. For example, a … Read more Delivering effective enterprise education – the role of learning design and technology

Creative Little Scientists

Professor Teresa Cremin (OU) This presentation is based on a comparative study funded by the European Union, which works across the four nations of the UK and eight other participating countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Malta, Portugal, and Romania. The project (2011-14) focuses on the relationships and synergies between science and mathematics education and … Read more Creative Little Scientists

Realising potential: Widening participation in Science and Technology

Professor Nigel J Mason (OU) The United Kingdom, like most of Europe, is struggling to attract its younger generation into Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics (STEM). This presentation will examine a number of issues: How can we both improve uptake of STEM at schools and universities, and ensure subsequent careers are attractive to the next … Read more Realising potential: Widening participation in Science and Technology