Smart Futures: SFI Research Career Options Forum

How To Book A Meeting

The 'Face to Face' sessions with Industry will allow postgraduate STEM students/researchers to meet with industry representatives to either

a)  Discuss the SFI Industry Fellowship Programme and potential research projects or

b)  Connect students/researchers with postgraduate STEM qualifications to organisations looking for STEM skills in a more general context.

Face to Face conversations will happen during high speed 15 minute sessions.  For Industry partners, researchers and students attending this event, you will find instructions below on how to create your unique profile, so that others can book a 'Face to Face' session with you.  To participate in the 'Face to Face' session you must select this option at registration and complete your profile. 

This is a two-way matching process.  Reseachers/students can select industry partners to meet, while Industry partners can also select researchers/students they also wish to meet.

  1. Registration
    Register and submit a collaboration profile describing your activities and business proposals.
  2. We promote your business profile
    Your profile will be published and promoted on this website and everyone has access to it before, during and after the event.
  3. Pre-arranging Face to Face with Industry meetings (15 minutes per meeting)
    Two weeks before the event you can request meetings and will receive meeting requests
  4. Your personal meeting schedule
    All meeting requests will be scheduled by us. You will receive your personal schedule by email some days before the event and also at the event registration desk.


The workflow in detail

1) Online registration

Register online and submit your profile.

In your profile you can state what kind of technology/product/expertise you are offering, what kind of collaboration you are looking for and which ideas you would like to discuss with potential collaboration partners.

All profiles will be published online and will be for everyone to see. You can change your profile any time.

Note: The better your profile the more meeting requests you will receive.
Your profile is your business card so do spend some time and upload a high quality and relevant profile.
Why and how to write a meaningful collaboration profile

2) Promotion of published profiles

All published profiles will be extensively promoted by the organisers of this event. Furthermore, all participants of the event will view your collaboration profile. A statistical analysis of 40 matchmaking events showed that high quality profiles are visited about 50 to 150 times BEFORE the event and will still be viewed AFTER the event.

3) Selection of 'Face to Face' meetings

Email notification
You will be informed by email when you can start booking 'Face to Face' meetings. Check which profiles are most promising. Intelligent search options allow a quick identification of the most suitable participants/cooperation profiles. Within a few minutes you should be able to identify future potential business partners.

Booking of  'Face to Face' meetings
Once you have found the most promising business partners you can select them for 'Face to Face' meetings. You can add further meetings any time but please be aware that the bookings are managed on the principle "first come - first served". You can book meetings BUT you can also be booked for bilateral talks by other participants! For more information see FAQ.

Your personal meeting schedule
A few days before the event you will receive your personal meeting schedule (furthermore you can constantly check your meeting schedule online). This meeting schedule gives information about the time, the number of the table and who you are going to meet.

Confirm your participation
In case you have meetings the organizer needs to be sure that you will attend the event. Therefore please confirm or cancel your participation once you are asked to confirm.
Otherwise the event organizer has to inform all your meeting partners that meetings are/could be uncertain. This causes additional work and makes the event less reliable.


4) At the event

At the registration desk, you will receive an updated version of your meeting schedule including last minute bookings. Your personal meeting schedule lists in chronological order for each meeting the

  • names of your conversation partners
  • number of table for each meeting

Our staff will be at your disposal during the whole matchmaking event.

closed since 19 Sep 2017
Registration 21 Jul – 19 Sep
Meeting Selection 4 Sep – 21 Sep
Event 22 Sep
Venue Pembroke Road
, Ireland
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 189
Meetings 137
Finland 1
Germany 1
Ireland 371
Netherlands 1
Others 2
United Kingdom 3
Total 382
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Before Event4766
After Event 1378