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S&T Committee to take evidence in Stormont on innovation in Northern Ireland

1 July 2022

The Science and Technology Committee will hold an evidence session in the Northern Ireland Assembly to explore how science and technology is contributing to the post-covid-19 recovery in Northern Ireland. In the session, MPs will question leaders in academia and business as well as Northern Ireland’s Economy Minister Gordon Lyons.

Purpose of the session

The session is expected to focus on the levels and effectiveness of R&D spending in Northern Ireland, which are among the lowest in the UK. The session, which has a particular focus on the creative industries, will also examine positive examples of innovation, the barriers to innovation post-covid, and whether any additional support is needed from Government.

The Committee will also be holding a series of meetings with research and innovation stakeholders during its visit to Belfast.


Wednesday 6 July, Northern Ireland Assembly 

Panel 1 - at 10.15am  

  • Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Queen’s University Belfast 
  • Tim Brundle, Director of Research and Impact, Ulster University

Panel 2 - at approx. 11.15am  

  • Professor Paul Moore, Director, Future Screens
  • Jack Morrow, Chief Technology Officer, RETìníZE
  • Matthew Malcolm, Creative Industries Development Officer, Arts Council Northern Ireland 

Panel 3 - at approx. 12.00pm  

  • Gordon Lyons, Minister for Economy 
  • Paul Grocott, Deputy Secretary, Head of Economic Strategy Group, Department for the Economy

Further information

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