First RUN-EU PLUS ICARUS conference engaged stakeholders from business and society in research

The first RUN-EU PLUS ‘Annual International Conference on Applied Research with Business and Society’ (ICARUS) brought together research students, scholars, researchers, and business and society stakeholders in discussions concerning the development of practice-based research degree programmes, open science practice and researcher career development across RUN-EU. It was hosted by the University of Győr – Széchenyi Istvan University and held online on 14 December.

This was the first event of the RUN-EU PLUS project since it was launched in November 2021, at the RUN-EU General Assembly in Ireland. Throughout the day, members of the RUN-EU research community presented their results in the scientific focus areas of the alliance, which are linked to the future European Innovation Hubs (Future Industry and Sustainable Regional Development; Bioeconomy; and Social Innovation).

More than an opportunity to disseminate the impact of professional practice-based research programmes in business and society, the first RUN-EU PLUS ICARUS conference helped increase cooperation between the RUN-EU community and RUN-EU PLUS.

In her presentation, the RUN-EU PLUS Project Manager, Dr Siobhan Moane, said, ‘the aim of the RUN-EU PLUS project is to develop a long-term integrated Research & Innovation strategy across our European University and to develop a framework to deliver practice-based master’s and PhD programmes for business and society’.


First Presentations

  • Conference Opening • Professor Mihályka Lívia, President’s Envoy for External Relations (SZE)
  • Chair • Dr Petra Szakonyi, SZE RUN-EU PLUS Project Coordinator (SZE)
  • RUN-EU / RUN-EU PLUS Overview • Dr Siobhan Moane, RUN-EU PLUS Project Manager (TUS)
  • RUN-EU PLUS Member Presentation Future and Sustainable Industries Case Study – Research Master’s in the Digitalisation of Manufacturing • Dr John Cosgrove, Programme Manager (TUS)

Second Presentations

  • Impact of the Professional Research Programmes in the Companies and Society • Dr Krisztina Bárdos, Managing Director of the Mechanical Engineering Scientific Association and the Hungarian Medical Cluster (Associated partner of RUN-EU)
  • Professional Practice-Based Research Case Study • Dr Zoltán Dobra, Head of Series Analysis and Pre-Series Centre at FAW-VW Automotive Co. Ltd. (Associated partner of RUN-EU)

Third Presentations

  • Research & Innovation across RUN-EU • Professor Nuno Rodrigues, Vice-President of IPL and Coordinator of RUN-EU (IPL)
  • Strengthening Human Capital • Dr Vivre Kallioniemi-Chambers (HAMK)
  • What is open science and what are the WP5 benefits for RUN EU PLUS? • Mrs Ingrid van Gorkum, Project Leader, WP Leader (NHL Stenden)
  • Open Forum Discussion and Q&A
Poster of the ICARUS conference containing the date (14 December 2021), time (10h00-15h00 CET), location (online), and organiser (University of Győr – Széchenyi Istvan University).

Inaugural RUN-EU PLUS conference will focus on open science and the researcher career

Poster of the ICARUS conference containing the date (14 December 2021), time (10h00-15h00 CET), location (online), and organiser (University of Győr – Széchenyi Istvan University).

Hosted by the University of Győr – Széchenyi Istvan University, the first RUN-EU PLUS ‘Annual International Conference on Applied Research with Business and Society’ (ICARUS) will be held online on 14 December (10h00-15h00 CET).

This will be the first conference of the RUN-EU PLUS project since it was launched on 5 November 2021, at the RUN-EU General Assembly in Ireland. It will engage research students, scholars, researchers, and business and society stakeholders in discussions concerning the development of practice-based research degree programmes, open science practice and researcher career development across RUN-EU.

The ‘PLUS’ stands for ‘Professional Research Programmes for Business and Society’, which is based on the project vision of adapting the RUN-EU research outcomes to regional labour markets and societal demands, with measurable downstream societal benefits that will lead to the transformation of the European regions. Its three tracks are linked to the focus areas of the alliance and its future European Innovation Hubs (Future Industry and Sustainable Regional Development; Bioeconomy; and Social Innovation).

Speaking ahead of the event, RUN-EU PLUS Project Manager, Dr Siobhan Moane, said, ‘RUN-EU PLUS believes in the significance of its human capital and will support RUN-EU researchers and supervisors through the design and implementation of a common Researcher Career Framework Programme, a Research Career Development Evaluation System, a Research Skills Training Programme, a Cloud of Knowledge Portal and an Open Science Skills Training Programme to support and reward research excellence at all researcher career development stages’.

‘The RUN-EU PLUS project will build on the ambitious RUN-EU Discovery Programme and develop an integrated, long-term strategy for research and innovation within our European University. It will create a collaborative action plan focused on strengthening academic-business partnerships in research and innovation’, she added.

The ICARUS conference will:

  • provide a space for the presentation of the most relevant scientific results in the focus areas, including special tracks for professional research programmes’ students;
  • contribute to the open science agenda through close contact and informal discussion with business and society actors, in which the conclusions of the scientific world are presented in a clear way, which is accessible to the general public and particularly to business and society representatives;
  • increase the cooperation and identify possible practical problems to be addressed by research students within the professional practice-based research degrees;
  • implement annual innovation awards to recognise the companies or society actors that have a special contribution to the development of joint programmes, professional research activities and the development of the Research & Innovation ecosystem in the regions of the RUN-EU PLUS alliance;
  • disseminate the impact of the professional research programmes in the companies and society, notably those that host the professional practice-based research degrees.

RUN-EU PLUS ICARUS Conference Agenda

Tuesday, 14 December

10h00-10h15
Conference Opening • Professor Mihályka Lívia, President’s Envoy for External Relations (SZE)
Chair • Dr Petra Szakonyi, SZE RUN-EU PLUS Project Coordinator (SZE)

10h15-10h40
RUN-EU / RUN-EU PLUS Overview • Dr Siobhan Moane, RUN-EU PLUS Project Manager (TUS)

10h40-11h05
RUN-EU PLUS Member Presentation Future and Sustainable Industries  
Case Study – Research Master’s in the Digitalisation of Manufacturing • Dr John Cosgrove, Programme Manager (TUS) 

11h05-11h20
Break

11h20-11h45
Impact of the Professional Research Programmes in the Companies and Society • Dr Krisztina Bárdos, Managing Director of the Mechanical Engineering Scientific Association and the Hungarian Medical Cluster (Associated partner of RUN-EU)

11h45-12h10
Professional Practice-Based Research Case Study • Dr Zoltán Dobra, Head of Series Analysis and Pre-Series Centre at FAW-VW Automotive Co. Ltd. (Associated partner of RUN-EU)

12h10-13h00
Lunch

13h00-13h25
Research & Innovation across RUN-EU • Professor Nuno Rodrigues, Vice-President of IPL and Coordinator of RUN-EU (IPL)

13h25-13h50
Strengthening Human Capital • Dr Vivre Kallioniemi-Chambers (HAMK)

13h50-14h15
What is open science and what are the WP5 benefits for RUN EU PLUS? • Mrs Ingrid van Gorkum, Project Leader, WP Leader (NHL Stenden)

14h15-15h00
Open Forum Discussion and Q&A

If you would like to attend the event, please register at the registration website.

Please contact Dr Petra Szakonyi (szakonyi.petra@sze.hu) if you have any queries.

RUN-EU conference online call featuring the president of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), Vincent Cunnane, and the TUS lecturer and researcher, Aisling Keenan.

European Innovation Hubs Virtual Conference

RUN-EU conference online call featuring the president of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), Vincent Cunnane, and the TUS lecturer and researcher, Aisling Keenan.

The first RUN-EU dissemination conference about the development of the European Innovation Hubs (EIH) took place between 3 and 4 November, at the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), by Zoom. The event was part of the agenda of the RUN-EU General Assembly (GA) that took place in Ireland in the first week of November.

During the European Innovation Hubs Virtual Conference, researchers, academics, postgraduate research students, and cluster, innovation hubs and enterprise managers had the opportunity to present innovative and disruptive enterprise and design thinking ideas related to the three EIH thematic areas: Future Industry and Sustainable Regional Development; Bioeconomy; and Social Innovation.

Their ideas were shared with fellow students and university staff across RUN-EU and later combined in the conference booklet. The event provided the means for establishing a network of RUN-EU researchers, academics and hub managers and linking them with all associated partners from industry and enterprise.

While most activities of the GA were held in person at the TUS Athlone and Limerick campuses, this two-day event was hosted virtually to allow the maximum number of attendees.

What will be the European Innovation Hubs?

The EIH will be research centres that will use academic expertise and shared infrastructures to develop cutting-edge interuniversity research opportunities and enhance the link between teaching, research, and innovation within the RUN-EU alliance.

All Research, Development, and Innovation activities will be designed to transform society, within the framework of the relevant Smart Specialisation Strategies and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

RUN-EU will create and develop three joint interregional EIH that will focus on:

  • Future Industry and Sustainable Regional Development
  • Bioeconomy
  • Social Innovation.

These transdisciplinary areas were selected based on a review of the strengths and strategic plans of our seven higher education institutions, existing regional innovation clusters in the alliance member regions, Smart Specialisation Strategies of the member regions, and the societal challenges that the RUN-EU regions face.

Find out more:
Conference Registration Website