The Learnovate Centre was launched at our inaugural Learning for Growth seminar on Thursday, 21st June 2012.

Despite the bad weather on the day, more than 100 stalwarts from industry and academia turned out at the Croke Park conference centre.

Minister for Research & Innovation, Sean Sherlock, was unable to attend the event. In his place, Gearóid Mooney of Enterprise Ireland formally launched the Centre, making it the tenth centre in the Technology Centre Programme.

The seminar keynote was given by industry veteran Donald Taylor, who spoke about the many changes the learning technologies industry had undergone over the last ten years or so and the opportunities these changes now presented to the Centre.

As well as Donald, other speakers were Jonny Parkes, chair of the Centre’s industry steering board, who spoke about the evolution of learning innovation and the search for ‘next practice’ learning solutions.

The Centre’s Academic Director, Professor Vinny Wade, spoke about the aims of the Centre. He emphasised the Centre’s mission is to support breakthrough research for learning innovation through collaboration with industry and concluded by inviting those present from industry to work with us on shaping our research agenda.

The final presentation was from Lynda Donovan, Pedagogical Lead at the Centre, who was joined by Paul MacCartney of MindLeaders. Their presentation focused on the outputs of the Centre’s first project which researched informal learning in three areas: corporate, schools and higher education.

Watch video highlights of the Learning for Growth seminar below.