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An Evening with Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI & Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

  • 25 Jul 2018
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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An Evening with Professor Mark Ferguson 
Director General of SFI & Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

‘‘We always overestimate the change that will occur in the new two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten,’’  Bill Gates

Established in 2000, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) aims to ensure Ireland is equipped to both manage and lead global change by excelling in scientific and engineering research, discovery and innovation. Across 16 world-leading research centers, the government agency engages more than 4,000 researchers, directly and indirectly supporting 30,000 high value jobs across Ireland. Through its efforts, Ireland has risen to be ranked as the world’s 10th most innovative country, and in the top six globally across sectors as diverse as nanotechnology, material sciences, agricultural sciences and chemistry.

But what changes lie ahead over the next decade, as Ireland contends with the fallout from Brexit and shifting attitudes to globalisation? How is Ireland placed to deal with and capitalise on breakthroughs in new fields like artificial intelligence, big data and genetics? And how can the State, through SFI, ensure the country remains at the technological frontier, with a public that is scientifically informed and engaged?   

To reflect on these and other topics, the Embassy of Ireland, in conjunction with Irish Network DC and the Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists, invites you to a conversation with Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland.

The interview with Professor Ferguson, a leading expert on innovation and R&D systems, will be followed by a networking reception. While of particular interest to researchers and scientists, the event is framed to be of wider appeal and open to all IN DC and Wild Geesemembers. 

When:Wednesday, 25th July

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

WhereEmbassy of Ireland, 2234 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008

Registration: Limited to IN-DC & Wild Geese members. Register here before Thursday 19th July


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