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Research Symposium

Sustainable Digital Transformation and Circular Economy

Equitable Futures: Addressing challenges for Women in STEM in higher education

Building a better 2 way street for innovation –

Improving the value of action-based research for SME/Micro businesses

The three seasons of agriculture data: shall we talk about the fourth one?

Generative AI and Smart Cities – Examples, practices and discussion

Research Symposium

Research Symposium

Call for Posters

Innovation Value Institute is delighted to invite early stage researchers to submit academic posters for inclusion in the Poster Symposium which will take place on the 11th June 2024.

The posters need to be on the IVI summit theme: “Digital- Unleashing the power of data and services”.

This is an opportunity to present ongoing research, research projects, or late-breaking research findings. The Poster Symposium will allow presenters and participants to engage in discussions about their work.

Important Dates

All deadlines are GMT time zone

·       28th March Call for posters opens

·       Submission Deadline (extended): 23rd of May 2024

·       31st May 2024 – Communication of results to applicants


Posters will be assessed by a Panel Committee comprised of academic researchers and industry stakeholders. Submissions must be relevant to the summit theme and must include the research problem, methodology, findings up to date, and conclusion. Researchers should submit a poster in pdf. Acceptance decisions will be made based on topic relevancy, originality, significance, and clarity.


·         Posters in pdf are required to use the template which can be found here.

·         Please use clear and concise language for your poster, which should be in English.

·         Please send your pdf file via a download link e.g. Dropbox or WeTransfer to claudia.roessing@mu.ie.

·         Please use a simple, legible font and make sure the colour of the font is easy to read.

·         Poster submissions that don’t follow the aforementioned guidelines won’t be allowed.

At the Poster Symposium, each researcher will get five minutes to present their posters. Alternatively, researchers can use a video poster during their presentations.

Video poster

Video posters can be created using platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. You may wish to present your slides in your video. As an alternative, you can create a presentation document, such as a PDF or PowerPoint, and it should have a good level of digital quality.

·         Video files must be saved in MP4 format and sent via a download link to claudia.roessing@mu.ie by Friday 7th June.

·         Before submitting your video, please check for audio and visual quality.

·         Videos that don’t follow the aforementioned guidelines won’t be allowed.

This is a great opportunity to share your research with a global audience and we hope to see your presentation at the Symposium. If you have any questions, please contact the Poster Symposium chair, Dr Claudia Roessing at claudia.roessing@mu.ie.

Click here for the agenda.

Speakers and Contributors

Claudia Roessing

Postdoctoral researcher at VISION project

Terry Landers

Consultant , and non-exec board member

Tara Lee

Senior Consultant at Open Data Institute

Dr. Arianit Kurti

Associate Professor and Head of the Informatics Department at Linnaeus University

Dr Viviana Bastidas

Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC)

Dr. Tai Tan Mai

Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Dublin City University

Sustainable Digital Transformation and Circular Economy

Sustainable Digital Transformation and Circular Economy

Co-Creating a Research Map and exploring Funding Opportunities


Driven by the ambition to realise sustainable (business) ecosystems and a circular economy that supports Europe’s twin transitions to a green and digital economy, the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) fosters the development and use of data and digital approaches with sustainability in mind – Sustainable Digital Transformations by Design.

IVI is leading, in conjunction with our partners and co-funded by the European Union a structured, strategically placed research programme: DIGI+, a world-class research fellowship programme, co-funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), on Sustainable Digital Transformation that aims for a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researcher leaders, able to face current and future challenges aligned with EU’s Digital and Green Agenda. It is focussed on developing innovative digital transformation approaches addressing cross-disciplinary challenges, relevant to current policies and strategies in the European Research Area.

Aim of this workshop is to discuss in the context of current policy directions (i.e. circular economy) and regulations (i.e. AI Act) research challenges from various perspectives (i.e. technology, data governance, processes and strategy, policy, awareness and ethics). We will provide an overview of the Digi+ research programme and showcase examples of sustainable digital transformation, followed by a co-creation activity and discussion. Focus of the workshop will be on co-creating a Research Map focused on Sustainable Digital Transformation together with exploring Funding Opportunities to realise targeted research opportunities.

Speakers and Contributors

Professor Markus Helfert

Director of Innovation Value Institute

Dr Zohreh Pourzolfaghar

Digital Construction Cluster Lead

Nollag Conneely

Head of Consultancy for Governance, Risk & Compliance, PrivacyEngine

Israa Amro

Head of Department, Al-Quds Open University

Timothy Kelly

Managing Director of Corballis Consulting Ltd; Director, ICE Media Limited

Bayan Khosravi

Visiting Assistant Professor, Sharif University of Technology; Faculty Affiliate, The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP)

Dr. Hamed Pourzolfaghar

Aoife Brady

Senior Programme Manager, ADAPT Centre

Dr Marco Alfano

Person-Driven, Health & Wellbeing Cluster Lead

Dr. Emily Rose Ciscato

Training Programme Manager at accelopment Schweiz AG

Peter Jean-Paul

DIGI+ Fellow

Dr. Elif Calik

Assistant Professor in the Medical Engineering Department at Karabük University, Türkiye

Cuty Gupta

CEO and Founder at CozmoTec

Partners and Co-funding Organisations:

DIGI+ brings together 9 Universities as implementing partners. Non-academic associate partners supporting the DIGI+ programme include Donegal County Council, SingularLogic, Accelopment Schweiz AG, Mayo County Council, Creditsafe Services ltd (Irish Branch), Talent Cloud Media, Bridgecastle Information Management Ltd, Meath Enterprise Centre Company Limited, Keywater Fisheries Limited, The Kilkenny Group (Clydaville Investments Limited), Shared Vision Technology Ltd, Banbridge District Enterprises Ltd, Health Service Executive, Expleo Technology Ireland ltd, Leitrim County Council and Tourismus Interaktiv GmbH (Austria). DIGI+ is embedded within and co-funded by Ireland’s leading SFI-funded research centres, Lero and Adapt, bringing together a group of world-leading experts; In addition co-funding opportunities are provided by the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University and TUS (Technological University of the Shannon) via the Bioscience Research Institute. DIGI+ is sponsored by the European Commission for the MSCA Global Postdoctoral Fellowships (101081609 — DIGI PLUS — HORIZON-MSCA-2021-COFUND-01) programme under the Horizon Europe (HORIZON) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions & Support to Experts.

Companies and Organisations are invited to provide a short presentation/outline of a project or challenge idea in form of a ‘project pitch‘.
The presentation should be not longer than 5 minutes and can be with or without slides.

Agenda Outline (Tentative)

09:00-09:15 Overview of Digi+ Programme and Collaboration Opportunities

Block 1 (technical):

Short presentation – outline of a project or challenge idea



Block 2 (data):

Short presentation – outline of a project or challenge idea


10:45-11:00 Short Break

Block 3 (context):

Short presentation – outline of a project or challenge idea

11:45-12:00 Discussion and Summary

Indicative outline, subject to change.

Equitable Futures: Addressing challenges for Women in STEM in higher education

Equitable Futures: Addressing challenges for Women in STEM in higher education

In today’s rapidly evolving world, diversity and inclusion are essential components of any thriving society. However, despite significant strides in recent years, gender disparity remains a prevalent issue within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Recognising the importance of addressing this imbalance, this workshop aims to delve into the various perspectives and challenges surrounding female participation in STEM education, particularly focusing on educators’ experiences in HEIs.
The workshop will showcase positive case studies and initiatives in HEIs to mitigate gender imbalance in STEM education, followed by a panel discussion among STEM educators and EDI stakeholders. Through open dialogue, the workshop intends to identify and discuss various barriers that hinder female participation in STEM, ranging from cultural norms to institutional obstacles. Additionally, the workshop endeavours to facilitate networking opportunities, enabling participants to connect with like-minded individuals and organisations committed to advancing women in STEM.

Speakers and Contributors

Jeevantika Linaglwar

Founder, International Women in Tech; Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

Tracey-Jane Cassidy

Founder, CEO of Junior Einsteins Science Club; STEM education leader

Ruth Buckley

CIO of Cork City Council and Chairperson of the Irish Local Government ISAC

Dr Joseph Timoney

MIEC Executive Vice-Dean

Gillian Harford

Country Executive at 30% Club Ireland sponsored by Matheson LLP

Sabrina Staunton

Director of TECH Hub, Mastercard; Board member of Women in technology and science (WITS) foundation

Building a better 2 way street: improving the value of action-based research for SME/Micro businesses

Building a better 2 way street for innovation

-Improving the value of action-based research for SME/Micro businesses-


Aim & Outputs:

For SME/Micro businesses, engagement with academia can provide a valuable route to a scalable R&D capability as well as a channel to develop in-house skills, expertise, and methodologies. This benefit arises for technology/manufacturing as well as services and advisory businesses. Engagement of researchers in smaller organisations can also help develop commercial insights into real world applications of research.

However, it can often be a struggle to find a happy balance for embedding research capabilities into SME/Micro businesses in a way that is sustainably beneficial to both camps. In particular it can sometimes be challenging to find a balance that ensures the researcher is appropriately rewarded.

The aim of this workshop is to examine the lived experience of the current pathways to engaging researchers in action-based research in the SME/Micro sector, with particular reference to the existing sectoral groups such as EI, SFI, and EU Commission funded pathways.

The output will be a set of recommendations for potential enhancements to build a better 2-way street with appropriate safeguards and structures to ensure scalable, sustainable, and demonstrable impact for research and for economic activity in SME/Micro businesses.

This output will consider examples of successful models that can be adapted or built on.


Activity based focus group discussion on the benefits and challenges for academia engaging in activity based research in collaboration with SME/Micro businesses in industry, and the experience of SME/Micro businesses accessing research capacity and collaborations with research groups.

Speakers and Contributors

Daragh O’Brien

Founder and Managing Director of Castlebridge

Jan Carroll

Founder of Fortify Institute

Rajat Singh

Program Manager - Innovation Voucher at Innovation Value Institute

Fionntan O’Donnell

Head of the Data Advisory Team in Derilinx

The three seasons of agriculture data: shall we talk about the fourth one?

The three seasons of agriculture data: shall we talk about the fourth one?

Empowering Agricultural Data Technologies through Skills and Policies: here comes the fourth one!

Workshop Overview:

This workshop aims to equip agricultural professionals, policymakers, and technologists with the knowledge and tools to harness the power of data in agriculture. Over the course of today’s session, participants will delve into the latest advancements in agricultural data systems, explore the intersection of technology and policy, and develop crucial skills for data literacy. Through a series of expert-led sessions, interactive discussions, and practical exercises, attendees will learn to effectively implement data-driven strategies that enhance productivity, sustainability, and policy compliance in the agricultural sector.

During the 3 hour session, a graphic illustrator will draw the evolution of both the panel and workshop.

Panel (1h30minutes)

  1. Season 1: Agricultural Data Technology: harnessing data power through technology (20-25 min)
  2. Season 2: Skills Development for Data Literacy: statistics, visualisation, analysis (20-25 min)
  3. Season 3: Policies evolving around agricultural data and Agri-data sharing (20-25 min)

Q&A after each talk (5-10 min).

10 minutes break before workshop.

Workshop (1h20minutes)

Participants will be invited to divide into groups and will be asked to either draw, write down or do both about their understanding of the above-mentioned topics. They will be asked to create a graph/image of their understanding of the fourth season (representation of the future). The image created by the graphic illustrator, displaying the current situation discussed by the speaker, will have a blank space which can be used for the participants’ input into the fourth season.

Therefore, At the end of the workshop the moderators will introduce the alleged fourth season –> “Regarding whether it’s a good “season” or not, the fourth season is crucial for continuous improvement in agricultural practices. It allows for a deeper understanding of the outcomes of farming efforts and enables data-driven decision-making that can lead to more efficient and productive future cycles. Thus, it could be considered a very beneficial and essential phase in the agricultural data lifecycle, providing opportunities for refinement and optimisation of practices.” Therefore, the fourth season can be seen as a synergy between technologies, skills and policies.

Click here for the agenda.

Speakers and Contributors

Erica Tegolo

Daniel Foy

Co-Founder and CEO of AgriGates

Fjolla Berisha

Conor Kehoe

PhD researcher at University College Dublin

Michelle Bartels Zendonadi

Timber & Agrilands Financial Expert

Dr Edward Straw

Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin

Leidiane da Silva

Nasibeh Rahbarnodehi

Generative AI and Smart Cities – Examples, practices and discussion

Generative AI and Smart Cities – Examples, practices and discussion

With this workshop we aim to present in overview some examples and practices and discuss current aspects around Smart Cities and AI in the public sector. The Workshop for the IVI Summit 2024 will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Jörn von Lucke and will focus on three key aspects (time indicative).

13:00 Interactive Workshop: Use of Generative AI in the Public Administration

Prof. Jörn von Lucke will give an overview of selected activities by German authorities on the use of generative artificial intelligence. He will also present a position paper from the City of Ulm on the use of AI, where he had the privilege of contributing to from Zeppelin University in 2023-24. The workshop also aims to give participants the opportunity to exchange ideas about useful fields of application, valuable prompts, and their own experiences.

14:00 Interactive Workshop: International Smart Cities Activities

This workshop will provide an overview of the current status of the implementation activities of the German smart cities. Since 2019, the German Federal Government has been supporting selected municipalities in their digital transformation with a billion-euro program. From the beginning, great importance has been attached to involving citizens in these change processes. At the same time, open source and the reuse of developed solutions are ambitious goals of the funding. There is also further funding from the federal states and individual companies. The workshop will highlight approaches that may also be relevant for local authorities in Ireland.

15:00 Interactive Workshop: Data Ethics in Smart Cities

In this workshop we will present an overview and the current status of the data ethics concepts that he has developed at Zeppelin University with the German Smart Cities of Ulm, Friedrichshafen and Constance since 2019. These activities have attracted attention because they are among the first municipal position papers on data ethics in Germany. The workshop will show both the procedure and content-related approaches for guidelines on the use of IT and the use of data as long as certain areas in a smart city have not yet been regulated.


Prof. Dr. Jörn von Lucke, Chair of Public Sector and Business Informatics at The Open Government Institute (TOGI) at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen

Sindy Wuerffel, project manager and deputy head of department Digital Agenda, City Administration ULM

Speakers and Contributors

Prof. Dr. Jörn von Lucke

Chair of Public Sector and Business Informatics at The Open Government Institute (TOGI) at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen

Sindy Wuerffel

Project Manager and Deputy Head of Department Digital Agenda, City Administration Ulm

Ruth Buckley

CIO of Cork City Council and Chairperson of the Irish Local Government ISAC

Dr. Jack R. Lehane

Smart D8 Ecosystem Manager / Postdoctoral Researcher at SFI ADAPT Research Centre / Maynooth University

Khizer Ahmed Biyabani

Data Analyst, at Smart Cities, Dublin City Council

Dr Maria Moloney 

Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) for the European COST Action entitled “Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance”