IRDG visit to Tyndall Institute

On the 5th March 2013 Tyndall Institute will host IRDG members on an Innovation Practice Group visit.  This visit is a unique opportunity to see, listen to and meet the leading experts from Tyndall Institute.  It will give all guests attending a real appreciation of how the leading-edge research and technology at Tyndall can be applied in their businesses and industries.


09:30 – 10:00 Arrival / Tea & Coffee
10:00 – 13:00 Tyndall Presentations and Tour
13.00 – 14.00 Working Lunch & Discussion

Tyndall Institute – www.tyndall.ie

The Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, is one of Europe’s leading centres for Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) research and development. It is the largest facility of its kind in Ireland.

Tyndall, formally known as the National Microelectonics Research Centre, was established in 2004 to provide a critical mass of researchers that would support the growth and development of a smart knowledge based economy in Ireland. Tyndall is also host to the International Energy Research Centre (IERC – www.ierc.ie) which has a range of industry partners including IBM, UTRC, GM, Alcatel-Lucent, HSG Zander and Bord Gais. Tyndall National Institute was joint winner of the main award for ‘Outstanding Leadership in Energy Management’, presented at the recent annual SEAI national awards.

Tyndall’s research is guided by, and applied to, finding commercialisable solutions for the needs of society in the areas of Communications, Energy, Environment and Health through the development of new technology in fields including:

  • Nanotechnology (applications in medicine, electronics, biomaterials and energy production)
  • Photonics ( applications in light detection, telecommunications, information processing, lighting, metrology, spectroscopy, holography, medicine, military technology, laser material processing, visual art, biophotonics, agriculture, and robotics)
  • Energy Research

Members can register here using the password provided by email:  REGISTER HERE

Innovation Practice Groups are hosted by member companies, who generously share their experiences of Research, Development and Innovation. In many instances they will also be joined by external, expert, guest speakers.  Combined, this input provides a real practical learning environment, where the practices being discussed have already been tried, tested and evaluated. The goal of these sessions, therefore, is to inspire members to think about the practices, tips and techniques which might assist them in day-to-day life in their companies – what is it that could make a difference? how could they leverage these same ideas?

Why attend: 

By participating in Innovation Practice Groups, members have a golden opportunity to learn from each other, experiencing R&D and Innovation in real-life in other member companies, and in many cases, in a completely different business sector. The sessions also provide time for networking, whereby members can get to know others with specialised expertise or knowledge; points of contact who may be of great assistance or reference at a future time. In addition, a site tour will form part of the agenda, where this is feasible to do so.

What gets covered:

Focused on learning, generating knowledge and building capability, the Innovation Practice Groups cover the main tenets of Innovation: collaboration, ideation, implementation and value creation. By nature of the membership network and the projects underway at any point in time, Research, Development and Innovation across a variety of topics and sectors is up for discussion (e.g. Product / Process development, Energy efficiency, Packaging innovation, Services innovation, Manufacturing processes, R&D practice, ICT, Funding & Finance, Marketing, Social Media, Market development etc.).

What you need to know:

Innovation Practice Groups are open to employees of member companies and invited guests only. There will be an attendance limit set for each session as per the host company capacity. IRDG reserves the right to manage attendance to ensure as many member companies as possible have the opportunity to attend.

Further details available by emailing Mary Byrne (mary.byrne@irdg.ie) or phoning 087-6501215.

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