IUA Future of Ireland – New Horizons for Research & Innovation April 18th

Keynotes from Iliana Ivanova European Commissioner & Deirdre Lillis DFHERIS

IUA Future of Ireland – New Horizons for Research & Innovation

When: April 18th 12:30-13:30  (in-person and zoom webinar)
Where: Alex Hotel, Dublin 2

Playback recording:

Watch now via the video below or click this link: https://youtu.be/zY0yRJl-aZA

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will virtually present about “University Research and Education as Anchors of Europe’s Future” in which she looks at the contrast and complementarity of European and National Research priorities.

Responding on national priorities is Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Assistant Secretary General, DFHERIS. 

Deirdre will be joined by panellists Professor Philip Nolan, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Professor John Doyle, VP for Research DCU.

Science Writer and Journalist Dr Claire O’Connell is panel chair. 

Keynote Speakers

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner

Iliana Ivanova is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. She previously served as Member of the European Court of Auditors (2013 – 2023), as Member of the European Parliament (2009 – 2012) and as a Member of Sofia City Council (2007 – 2009). She has also worked as Investment and business analyst in various financial and banking institutions in US as well as coordinator for International financial institutions in the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Dr Deirdre Lillis, DFHERIS

Dr Deirdre Lillis, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Dr. Deirdre Lillis has responsibility for the Research, Innovation, Evidence for Policy and EU/International Division of DFHERIS.  A proven senior executive, her prior experience includes university leadership roles in university-enterprise engagement in TU Dublin and as Head of Computer Science in DIT. She has a track record of research capacity building and transformation in higher education including principal investigator for an unprecedented national investment of €17.5m in university-enterprise engagement (www.convene.ie), the €4m global HubLinked Knowledge Alliance (www.hublinked.ie) and Marie-Curie RISE GETM3 Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management programme.  Her research interests include national research and innovation systems, higher education policy, university-industry innovations and young talent management.


Prof Philip Nolan, SFI

Prof. Philip Nolan, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland

Philip is DG of Science Foundation Ireland, the primary national funder of basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, since 2022. In May 2023 Philip was appointed CEO-designate of the proposed new research funding agency, to be formed by the amalgamation of SFI and the IRC. Previously President of Maynooth University, from 2011-2021, he established a new strategy for the University in its research, teaching and engagement activities, which saw unprecedented growth and diversification of teaching and research, and a doubling of the research capacity of the University. Philip earned his degrees in Physiology (1988) and Medicine (1991) at UCD and was subsequently awarded a PhD in Physiology for his research on the control of breathing and the cardiovascular system during sleep. He is an accomplished researcher, with interests in physiological signal processing and control systems, and publications in the leading journals in the field.

Prof John Doyle, DCU

Prof John Doyle, VP for Research, DCU

Prof John Doyle is Vice President of Research at Dublin City University. He is responsible for strategic leadership of DCU’s research community, championing and supporting research across the university and furthering DCU’s aim to be at the heart of the European research system, both in the advancement of new discoveries and in the translation of that knowledge to positively transform our society. Previously, Prof Doyle was Director of DCU Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction and Professor of International Conflict Resolution in DCU School of Law and Government. He previously served as Executive Dean of DCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and as Head of DCU School of Law and Government. Prof Doyle has published widely on international conflict resolution, focusing in particular on Northern Ireland, South Asia and the Balkans.