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Ideas Forum

The Ideas Forum is an opportunity for Queen’s staff to develop interdisciplinary research networks and collaborations. It aims to explore global and societal challenges and to collaborate on bold, high-risk research solutions to address these challenges.

What is the purpose of the Ideas Forum?

The Ideas Forum provides interdisciplinary teams with the framework to develop relationships and explore opportunities to build strategic, large-scale bids.

There is recognition and acknowledgment that interdisciplinary research outputs can take a longer time to emerge than research on a single discipline. The Ideas Forum provides time and space to enable development of interdisciplinary relationships and eventually research outputs.

Interdisciplinary project teams can apply to the Queen’s Agility Fund for seedcorn funding.

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Who can participate in the Ideas Forum?

All staff at the University, regardless of career stage or disciplinary background, are welcome to participate in the Ideas Forum. 

The Ideas Fourm provides staff with an opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas across different disciplines during events and workshops. It also integrates external networking with academic and non-academic colleagues nationally and internationally.

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How will Ideas Forum themes be selected?

Each academic year, Queen’s selects Ideas Forum themes which address important global or societal challenges.

An open call to University staff collects responses on important global or societal challenges. The submitted ideas are evaluated against funder and government priorities, Strategy 2030 research themes and other selection criteria.

All University staff are informed of the annual Ideas Forum themes during Semester 1. The themes are broad and intended to be inclusive of all disciplines. 

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What happens at Ideas Forum events?

A programme of networking and knowledge exchange events is developed for each Ideas Forum theme.

Each event will include an opportunity for attendees to network widely with colleagues in different disciplines, and to consider the main issues connected to the overarching theme through open plenary discussions.

Participants will normally be asked to provide a short synopsis of their research or expertise prior to each event.

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How do I get involved?

If you want to find out more about the Ideas Forum, get in touch!