Research Newsletter - Issue 76: Events

SFI National Challenge Fund - Regional Workshop

Date: 26th September 2022 (10am - 1pm)

Venue: Solas Room, U Centre, DCU Glasnevin Campus

As part of the National Challenge Fund, SFI are organising regional “brainstorm” workshops for researchers interesting in applying to challenges under the programme. These workshops will give researchers an opportunity to learn about the programme, discuss application ideas and work with other researchers to enhance their ideas and explore potential collaborations. The workshops will be facilitated by members of SFI’s challenge research team.

The first of these regional workshops will take place at Dublin City University on September 26th from 10:00 – 13:00. Venue: Solas room in the U building on Glasnevin campus.

Below is a link to register to attend this workshop. As part of this registration, researchers may submit questions in advance that we will endeavour to address during the session. Once registered, further information will be provided. 


Note that this event will be open to researchers from other universities. The event will help researchers to better understand this funding mechanism and how it can be used to advance their research findings or interests into STEM based solutions to societal problems, and provide an opportunity to start to explore potential ideas and collaborations.


SFI Science Summit 2022

Date: 21st and 22nd November 2022

Venue: Hybrid event - in-person in Strand Hotel, Limerick; also includes online streaming

The annual SFI Science Summit will take place as a hybrid event on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of November 2022 at the Limerick Strand Hotel.


Under this year’s theme ‘Working together, empowering ideas’ SFI will deliver an exciting programme of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops to provide insights on our collective research achievements and strategic direction. Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at University College London, Prof Ijeoma Uchegbu, will deliver a keynote on her work in the area of drug delivery and nanotechnology. SFI will have updates on current and new programmes, including the National Challenge Fund, and will also explore themes such as evidence for policy, and the future of Ireland’s energy systems. A full Summit agenda will be shared on the Summit’s website over the coming weeks.

In-person participation is by invite only. All main stage plenary sessions will be live-streamed and online access is available to those that cannot to attend in-person. SFI-funded postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and other team members are very welcome to join the event virtually.



HRB National Conference 2022

Date: 30th November 2022

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin

This year, the HRB National Conference 2022 Personalised Medicine in Ireland: Advancing research, supporting health system transformation, benefiting patients will be held in person at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dublin on the 30th November 2022.

The programme includes European and Irish experts from the area of personalised medicine, as well as speakers representing the view of Irish public, patients, industry, health care services, research funding and policy and more.

The objective of the conference is to enhance people’s understanding of what personalised medicine is and demonstrate the current advances in research in this field. During the conference we want to spark a discussion around the challenges and opportunities associated with the introduction of personalised medicine in Ireland and create a better understanding of the possibilities personalised medicine can deliver for people’s health and patient care.

This conference is aimed at health professionals, researchers, representatives from the Irish health system and pharmaceutical industry as well as policy and decision makers in health. Members of the public are welcome to join.



National PPI Festival

Date: 10th - 23rd October 2022

Venue: Multiple locations around Ireland

The first National PPI Festival is happening on 10th – 23rd October 2022, co-ordinated in its first year by PPI Ignite @ University of Galway, on behalf of the PPI Ignite Network. 

The objectives for the National PPI Festival are to:

• Celebrate the progress in public and patient involvement (PPI) in Irish research

• Increase the awareness and knowledge of PPI nationally

• Provide opportunities to foster new and existing relationships

• Broaden out to reach people who are not currently involved

• Allow a creative space for innovation in PPI

Where are events happening?

All over Ireland.  Multiple events will take place locally in DCU during the Festival.

Who is organising the events that are part of the National PPI Festival?

Events are being organised by PPI groups, research teams, charities and patient organisations, as well as by local and national partners of the PPI Ignite Network and the PPI Ignite Network programme offices. 

Check out the PPI events calendar to find further details.