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Innovation challenges and industry 4.0 solutions - Spotlight on food system

Session 1: Why innovation matters? An industry and investor perspective.

During this live panel discussion, we ask how technology is primed to provide radical solutions to innovation challenges faced by the Food System, and how innovation training is helping de-risk the chances of failure.

The session features innovation experts, who in this webinar will explain how Global Research Institutes and technology based start-ups have used deep-tech as a vector to provide solutions for transforming the food system.

This video is a recording of a webinar – it is not live.

About the panel

From Queen's University Belfast we are joined by both Professor Emma Flynn, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, and Dr Godfrey Gaston, Executive Director of ECIT.

The panel also includes Simon Pearson, Professor of Agri-Food Technology Research and Louise Manning, Professor of Agri-Food and Supply Chain Security.

This webinar is part of a series for InterTradeIreland's all-island innovation programme.

The all-island innovation programme aims to bring SMEs access to cutting-edge thinking, plus help to implement innovation in their business.

Session 2: Putting innovation into practice - Why market validation is an important step in technology commercialisation.

Throughout this webinar we hear contributions from Brian McCaul, Director of Innovation at Queen's University and Professor Chris Elliott, founder of the Institute for Global Food Security.

The session focuses on putting innovation into practice within the food system and particularly within market validation. We learn why market validation is so vital in technological commercialisation, when going from the lab to a commercial environment.

This video is a recording of a webinar – it is not live.

About the speakers

Brian McCaul is the Director of Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast and the CEO of QUBIS. He has worked in technology transfer environments and as an entrepreneur with his own start–up companies within aerospace and innovation software.

We are also joined by Chris Elliot, Professor of Food Safety at Queen’s University Belfast and founder of the Institute of Global Food Security. As well as Nicky Deasy, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Yield Lab Europe and Eléonore Lafonta, Associate at Five Season Ventures.

This webinar is part of a series for InterTradeIreland's all-island innovation programme.

The all-island innovation programme aims to bring SMEs access to cutting-edge thinking, plus help to implement innovation in their business.

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