Innovation Showcase at DIT

  • Sherlock welcomes contribution of research to job creation and economic recovery
  • 1 in 5 commercial licenses from academic research last year came from DIT


6th June 2012: The Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, today launched Innovation @ DIT,  a major DIT Research and Innovation Showcase, taking place on campus in Aungier Street, Dublin 2.   The Showcase highlighted the diversity and the positive social and economic impact of DIT research activity.

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Speaking at the event, Minister Sherlock reiterated Government support for Ireland’s research community and encouraged them to continue their efforts to convert knowledge and research into enterprise.  “This showcase demonstrates the huge potential in higher education institutions in Ireland to convert publicly-funded research into ground-breaking technologies and spin-out companies.  DIT has an excellent track record in this regard and from speaking with the researchers I have met here today I feel confident that this will continue . The Government is committed  to working in partnership with the Irish research community to maximise the economic and job–creation potential of your innovations and discoveries.”

Having met with researchers at each of the exhibition stands, Minister said he was impressed by the energy and the ideas he encountered.  “It seems there is an inbuilt gene within the psyche of DIT to engage with industry and with the relevant agencies.  The space you’re in at present is exactly  where we want research and innovation to be. “

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Laura Massini, DIT researcher demonstrates how she gets extract from apple peel for the food and cosmetic industry

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, thanked the Minister for his support and his encouragement of DIT researchers. “Research is often a solitary and sometimes frustrating endeavour that requires not only talent but dedication and determination to see a vision through to a successful end result. The Minister’s personal commitment to the success of Irish research is much appreciated.”

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Dr Yuliya Semenova, Senior researcher and lecturer at Photonics Research Centre demonstrating a fiber optic temperature sensor

Welcoming  representatives of funding agencies, industry partners, policy makers and academics to the event, Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research and Enterprise, said “DIT is focused on seeking solutions to real-world problems.  We emphasise intellectually and strategically important research, that makes a meaningful contribution. We’re very proud of the fact that last year one in every five commercial licenses generated by Irish higher education institutions resulted from DIT research.”

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 Minister Sherlock with Martin Gallagher (left) and Dan Barry of Riffstation, the ultimate guitar software

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