As part of the IBIOLI 2017 Activity Series, Dr. Siobhán Jordan will present a lecture titled "Biotechnology and Creativity - Reflections on Multidisciplinary Degrees". The role of universities in innovation and entrepreneurship education is three-fold; develop and support students and graduates to be entrepreneurs; support and encourage them to be intra-preneurs when they work within someone else’s organisation; support University staff to be entrepreneurial in the application of their research.
About the Lecture:
Since graduating from DCU in 1989, Siobhán Jordan has drawn on the fundamental principles of the multidisciplinary biotechnology degree to hold a range of roles in all three areas. She will outline how the academic / industry teaching has supported impactful international research programmes generating peer reviewed publications and attracting significant funding, managing a proof of concept investment programme in key technologies and academic research to enable spin-out companies and establishing a not for profit organisation to enable thousands of businesses to tap into world leading research and expertise in Scottish Universities.
About the presenter:
Dr Siobhán Jordan is Director of Interface, knowledge connection for business, Scotland and has led the Interface programme since it was established in 2005. Interface was established to promote innovative business-academic collaborations through translating the needs of companies of all sizes and from all sectors into manageable projects for Scottish Universities and Research Institutions whether it involves knowledge exchange, business and product development, process or service improvement, or analysis and testing.
Siobhán holds degrees in Biotechnology and Process Engineering from Dublin City University and a PhD in human genetics from Trinity College, Dublin. Previous posts include senior researcher at the Medical Research Council, Human Genetics Unit and Applications manager for the Proof of Concept Programme, Scottish Enterprise. In her spare time Siobhán enjoys running, theatre and cooking.