MATRIX - the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel

MATRIX was born out of the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) for Northern Ireland. In February 2007 it was tasked with bringing forward-focused advice on the future policies necessary for Northern Ireland to ensure economic growth and wealth creation through greater commercial exploitation of its science and technology capabilities.


The first MATRIX report, a Technology Capability report and five overarching Horizon Panel reports were launched by the DETI Minister on 8 October 2008. These reports focussed on the following five sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • advanced materials
  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • agri-food
  • life and health sciences

A further two Horizon Panel reports have been published on the following sectors:

  • telecoms
  • sustainable energy

The most recent Women in STEM report was launched in May 2018. For information on it and all other MATRIX reports, please visit the MATRIX website.

Useful Link:

Catalyst Inc (formerly Northern Ireland Science Park)

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