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The Royal Society is coming to Northern Ireland with Creating connections to discuss the country's role in driving UK innovation and prosperity. Scientific and technical opportunities and challenges in Northern Ireland will be addressed by leading experts from academia, industry and government.

The Society is working closely with the Royal Irish Academy - an all-island independent forum of peer-elected experts. The day will focus on Northern Irish research and innovation (R&I), its contribution to UK R&I, and relationship with R&I in the Republic of Ireland.

The day will feature workshops and round-table discussions on diverse topics in science and policy. The event will also feature an exhibition of Royal Society work where participants can discuss how we can provide support and share resources.

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The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. As part of our work we are engaging with industry to understand the skills gaps in different sectors, listen to experiences of university-business collaboration, and hear views on the UK government’s industrial strategy and 2.4% target for R&D investment.

The dinner will bring together business leaders and fellows of the Royal Society to discuss the scientific and industrial landscape in Northern Ireland. It will ask how the Society can support industry and discuss topics critical to the successful application of science for societal and economic benefit.

Co-hosted by Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng FRS (Chair of the Royal Society's Science, Industry and Translation Committee) and Sir John McCanny CBE FREng FRS (Queen’s University Belfast).

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