ADVANCE Centre Industry Forum - 24th of March 2023

Date: 24th March 2023

Time: 10- 2 p.m

Venue: UCD Club, UCD Belfield


We have been living in a digital transformation era for the last decade, from preparing for Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0. Throughout, the term ‘digital transformation’ has a key challenge for a range of different reasons: how organisations approach it from a recruitment and retention perspective to the operational process and integrating into a company’s strategy and growth goals. There are numerous sources and paths to success but do companies have a clear understanding of how to succeed? What are the paths to success in the digital world and how do you create sustainable value for organisation? How do we compete for and retain the best talent? It is increasingly important to develop a systematic approach to support the culture of learning and development in organizations; to identify and develop skills, and opportunities for growth, coupled with future planning for both the company and the current staff.

Who should attend:

The Industry Forum Addressing key skills for Digital Transformation in Industry has been designed for senior leaders (HR and L&D Managers, Head of Innovation and Technologies) to help them to get a better understanding of the digital transformation journey, from policies, procedures to talent management. Over the course of the day (half-day/morning), participants will also have an opportunity to listen to our industry leaders sharing the key challenges with digital transformation in various sectors, followed by panel discussions from educational providers showcasing the changes in learning solutions being made available.

Keynote speakers:

John Durcan Digital Transformation over the last decade: Policies and plans from Government agencies to support industry in future.

With a global focus on Digital Transformation, this talk aims to explore how the EU and Irish Government aim to support industry and society on this change. Examine how the ambitions of Europe’s Digital Decade links in with recent Irish government strategies on: 

  • Ireland’s Industry 4.0 Strategy
  • Harnessing Digital – The Digital Ireland Framework
  • AI – Here for Good
  • AI Skills

With new regulatory changes in the digital area emerging from the EU it will be important to learn  about impacts  this may bring for industry. John will also discuss supports  available to aid industry of all sizes to help meet the challenges of new skills and technologies required to do business now and into the future.

John Durcan Industry speaker

John Durcan is the Senior Technologist for the Technology Division at IDA Ireland. His current areas of focus are AI, Cyber security, and the Semi-Conductor industry. Outside of technology, John is currently the chair of the Board of an NGO called Comhlámh and is a member of the Irish Aid Rapid Response Corp.

Maureen Gaffney How to survive and thrive in the era of digital transformation, and other career changes.

Learners understand what they have, and what they need to succeed, but how do we enable and encourage them to do it? Can we reflect and challenge the learner: “you know more about yourself and your life and all that went before than anyone does, and somewhere in all that knowledge, you know the best solutionfrom interview about her new book - Your One Wild and Precious Life: An Inspiring Guide to Becoming Your Best Self At Any Age.

Dr Maureen Gaffney is a psychologist, speaker, broadcaster and writer.

Panel 1 speakers discussions: Discuss the key challenges with Digital Transformation in various sectors (med device, pharma, IT, consulting, national agency). Where is the common ground and what do we need from HEIs to support these skills? 

Panellists from: Expleo, IBM, IDA, Medtronic, Takeda,

  • Xavier De Bustos, Director of Life Sciences, Engineering & R&D, Expleo
  • Sean Brady, Senior Partner,  Global  Solutioning, IBM
  • Aisling Soden, Manager Talent , Transformation & Innovation, IDA
  • Grace Cronin, Head of Product Quality, Takeda
  • Karl Dooher , Director Technology and Innovation, Medtronic

Panel 2 speakers discussions: What are the solutions to the skills needs and how can we support them?

Panellists from: HCI projects from UCD and ATU Sligo Digital Learning Institute

  • Marian O’Connor UCD,RPL Project Lead;
  •  Bridie Killorn, Senior Manager, My Career path ATU Sligo
  •  John Kilroy, CEO, Digital Learning Institute
  • Xavier Velay, Advance Centre, ATU Sligo Project Lead

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