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What's the Point of all this Research?

New conference will challenge European bioeconomy researchers to demonstrate value, relevance and impact of their work

With the launch of the Government’s Innovation 2020 strategy, the spotlight is once again focused on ensuring that publicly-funded research demonstrates value, relevance and impact for the economy, policy and society as a whole.

Irish researchers are being handed the perfect opportunity to think critically about their research and - crucially - how they can demonstrate its impact, at a new conference launched by the EC-funded CommBeBiz project. CommBeBiz supports bioeconomy researchers across Europe to speed up transfer of their knowledge to relevant stakeholders.

The Bioeconomy Impact 2016 conference takes place in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on 10 & 11 February 2016. The programme will include expert keynote speakers and workshops designed to build and enhance the capacity and skill of researchers, particularly in identifying opportunities for creating impact and outreach. It will specifically benefit anyone who has been, or is currently working on, an EC-funded research project, or may be in the process of writing proposals.

“Better exploitation of research results is one of the key drivers to European economic growth and social innovation,” said Rhonda Smith, co-ordinator of CommBeBiz. “Our conference will focus on evidence and solutions for improved utilisation of research results, to ensure publicly-funded research has meaningful impact for researchers themselves, industry, policy players and all interested stakeholders.”

Dr. Maeve Henchion, Teagasc, encouraged those with an interest in exploiting the outcomes of their research projects to register for the event: “There is increased pressure on researchers to demonstrate the benefits of investing in scientific research. Bioeconomy Impact 2016 is free to attend and is a brilliant opportunity for all researchers to take a step back from their day-to-day operations and start to consider future opportunities for exploitation of their research – whether that be identifying commercial markets, getting involved in a social innovation or learning how to more effectively communicate your science to different audiences ”.

“As well as being of benefit for projects already up and running, the symposium and workshops could be particularly useful for those who are in the process of putting together proposals for various funding streams, for example H2020. The workshops will provide practical tools and tips for forming effective research impact statements and there will be plenty of networking opportunities during the two days” said Dr. Áine Regan, who works on the CommBeBiz Project within Teagasc.

The event is free to attend for all members of CommBeBiz. You can register at www.commbebiz.eu/BioeconomyImpact2016