Collaboration for Innovation: Inter-Faculty Research Collaboration Event

This event is held in conjunction with the Research Office and Assistant Deans (International and Research).

The aim of this event is to give you the opportunity to meet with potential collaborators from other disciplines and faculties and explore potential collaborations. By the end of the event you will have heard about others’ research areas, the inter disciplinary collaborations they are seeking, presented your area of research and had the opportunity to network with others to explore any potential interests further.

This event is intended as an opportunity to explore potential areas of common interest – even if they are not immediately apparent.   This is for all academic and research staff, or those who support research projects.   You never know where the next opportunity will come from!   

Theme – Circular Economy

On this occasion, the event will be structured around the theme of the Circular Economy. 

In a circular economy, the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible. Waste and resource use are minimised, and when a product reaches the end of its life, it is used again to create further value. This theme can be relevant to a wide range of disciplines including all STEM areas, law, politics, behavioural science, business, design, health, economics, electronics, etc.  The table below, while not exhaustive, provides some ideas of how this might apply. 

Circular Economy – Possible Subthemes

Product design: Better design can make products more durable or easier to repair, upgrade or remanufacture. It can help recyclers to disassemble products in order to recover valuable materials and components.

Production processes:  Primary raw materials, including renewable materials, will continue to play an important role in production processes. Industrial symbiosis allows waste or by-products of one industry to become inputs for another.

Consumption: The choices made by millions of consumers can support or hamper the circular economy. These choices are shaped by the information to which consumers have access, the range and prices of existing products, and the regulatory framework. Develop understanding of global challenges relating to sustainable use of resources, economic assessments, identify economic impacts that can be attributed to specific actions.

Waste management: Prevention, preparation for reuse, recycling and energy recovery through to disposal, such as landfilling.

From waste to resources: boosting the market for secondary raw materials and water reuse.  In a circular economy, materials that can be recycled are injected back into the economy as new raw materials thus increasing the security of supply.

Priority areas include plastics, food waste, critical raw materials, construction and demolition waste and biomass and bio-based products. 


Structure
There are four steps to this:

1.  Preparation.  Before attending, you will be required to complete a single slide capturing the following information:
i. Your core research interest.
ii. What is the big question (in other words, what is the expected impact of your research in an economic/scientific/societal context)?
iii. The type of inter-disciplinary collaboration you are seeking.
Please put your name, department and faculty on the slide

2. Circulation of the above to all participants in booklet format so you know who will be at the event and identify who you may be interested in collaborating with and who you would like to meet to explore interests.

3. Roundtable discussion.  Each person will have a number of opportunities to present their idea informally for 2 minutes in a series of roundtable discussions. 

4. Networking.  Opportunity to network with those from other faculties with the objective of exploring potential areas for collaboration.

27th February 2018, The Pavilion

Please contact hrbookings@ul.ie for further information