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‘Make’ Your Transition – Together

CONFIRM CENTRE, Embassy of Ireland, Germany | Niall Keely, Sean O’Brien, Raji Jayaraman

Research and innovation are key to the continued development of our society. Given the global challenges we are facing, how can research and education contribute to a sustainable future?

This one-hour virtual session will be led by CONFIRM, the Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre for Smart Manufacturing based at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

The focus of the session will be to discuss how CONFIRM plans to tackle the sustainability issues facing society through both its Research and Education & Public Engagement (EPE) programmes, through the lenses of social, economic, environmental and human sustainability.

During the talk, we will present an overview of  CONFIRM’s Research and EPE programmes with particular emphasis on how these aim to address the industry’s future skills needs. In addition, we will explain how CONFIRM plans to introduce the concepts of circularity and sustainability across its core programmes.

The event will conclude with a keynote address from Prof. Raji Jayaraman – Associate Professor of Economics and the Academic Director of the FUTURE institute for Sustainable Transformation at ESMT Berlin, entitled “Economic Inequality and Social Justice”.

Audience Q&A and discussion will be facilitated following the presentations.


Dr Niall Keely (Centre Manager – CONFIRM)
“Three is the magic number: the triple helix of innovation and the triple bottom line of sustainability”

Sean O’Brien (Education and Public Engagement Manager – CONFIRM)
“Manufacturing STEAM: education and public engagement for a sustainable now and future”

Prof. Raji Jayaraman (Director of the FUTURE institute for Sustainable Transformation at ESMT Berlin)

“Economic Inequality and Social Justice”



This is a digital event. If you would like to attend, please book your spot  here. Access to the event will be provided after registration by the organiser. Please do not share the link you receive from the organiser as this is unique to you!

Dr Niall Keely is the Centre Manager at CONFIRM. He has over 10 years of experience spanning across third-level research, IT, pharmaceutical and clinical trial industries. He has held a wide variety of technical, advisory and management roles, including a support officer role in the Research Office at University of Limerick, affording a knowledge of the national and international funding landscape. Niall also has experience of business development and commercialisation of digital products for business excellence and sustainability. Niall holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, MA in International Entrepreneurship Management from UL, HDip in Systems Analysis from NUI Galway, and BSc in Industrial Chemistry from UL.

Sean O’Brien is the Education, Public Engagement (EPE) & Training Manager at CONFIRM. Sean is a science education graduate with over 10 years’ of experience developing and managing STEM education, outreach & public engagement projects with and for various stakeholder groups both in Ireland and internationally.


Prof Raji Jayaraman is Associate Professor of Economics and the Academic Director of the FUTURE institute for Sustainable Transformation at ESMT Berlin, and Associate Professor of Economics at University of Toronto. Her research interests focus on how economic policy and organizational design can lead to improvements in economic outcomes and greater social inclusion. Prof Jayaraman holds a PhD in Economics from Cornell University, a M.A. in International & Development Economics from Yale University, and a B.A. (Jnt. Honours) in Economics & Finance from McGill University. https://faculty-research.esmt.berlin/person/rajshri-jayaraman/bio

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