Science Foundation Ireland

CONNECT Zero Emissions Challenge Workshop

CONNECT is hosting a workshop on challenge-based funding on Friday 13th September 2019 in Huckletree D2, The Academy, 42 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 (opposite the Science Galley).

Attending the workshop is free, but please register in advance here.

The workshop will explore the concept of challenge-based funding and CONNECT’s potential to contribute to SFI’s Zero Emissions Challenge. This challenge of “achieving net-zero economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050” can be interpreted in widest possible sense and admits many activities within CONNECT’s remit such as smart grids, zero-emission networks and sustainable Internet of Things.

Two key elements in workshop will be a “pitches session” in the morning and “group-discussions” in the afternoon. The former will involve brief pitches of ideas from researchers and challenge beneficiaries. These pitches, in turn, will form the basis of break-out, group discussions in the afternoon.

This part of the workshop will be facilitated by Brendan Allen of Elan Vital who specialise in helping participants in their workshops generate novel solutions to complex problems. Brendan is particularly skilled in helping multiple stakeholders frame problems and generate novel solutions. He has extensive experience working with researchers and industry experts on climate and sustainability challenges.

It is hoped that the workshop will encourage researchers from CONNECT to submit a proposal (or proposals) to SFI for support from the Concept Phase. If you’re interested in making a short pitch at the workshop, please contact David at

Information about SFI’s Zero Emissions Challenge can be found on their website here.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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