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RDA Ireland Meet The Expert: Prof. Willie Donnelly

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
National Library of Ireland

Public Lecture on the role of Open Science, Open Innovation and Citizen Science in creating more inclusive and sustainable societies. 

Date: 09 October 2019, 13:00 

Venue: National Library of Ireland – Main Building, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638

Traditionally scientific advancement has been the preserve of third levels institutions, research laboratories and industry. Europe (and Ireland) have invested huge amounts of taxpayer’s money in supporting scientific research and innovation on the basis that society ultimately benefits from this investment socially, culturally and economically. The European framework programme (and associated ERA) has ensured European leadership in the production of high impact scientific publications. However, the impact of the framework programme investment in translating its research output into innovation and economic impact is less impressive. Europe continues to perform behind other global regions in effectively translating academic research to economic impact. This is an issue of major concern to the European Commission. 

European Commissioner Moedas Research, Innovation and Science Policy (RISE) High Level Expert group, of which Prof. Donnelly is a member, have developed a number of reflections on the issues of Open Science, Open innovation, Open to the World (the 3 O’s) and their role in effectively bridging the divide between investment in research and economic and social development. Complementary to implementing the 3 0’s is the concept of citizen science which has the potential of completely redefining the relationship between the scientific community, the citizen and society. The talk will discuss the potential impact of these concepts on traditional research structures and metrics. In particular the talk will look at how traditional research models and structures such as journal publications, intellectual property and copy right and ownership must evolve to respond to this new knowledge creation and exploitation environment. It will also explore how such developments will impact on future national and international research investment strategies. 

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Professor Willie Donnelly was appointed President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in April 2015. He is founder of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) which carries out research into mobile services, internet of things and communications management research centre. Prior to entering academia, he worked for 15 years in the telecommunications and utilities industries. His main areas of academic research interest are the management of next generation networks. Willie has a strong interest in the role of science and innovation in economic development and has been a key driver in the establishment of a cluster of mobile services companies in the South-East of Ireland. He is founder member of a number of High Potential Start-up Companies including FeedHenry which was acquired by Red Hat in 2014. His most recent research has been around Open Innovation, Social and economic entrepreneurship and their role in creating sustainable societies. He has been a member of Commissioner Moedas Research, Innovation and Science Policy (RISE) High Level Expert group since 2015.