Pushing the Boundaries of Transport Invention – NI’s Pioneers of Science and Engineering at ‘The Museum of Innovation’: TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023 Retrospective


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The Ulster Transport Museum tells the story of transport and social change in this part of the world since the birth of the modern era. It is a place of inspiration for the designers, engineers and adventurers of the future who will take on the challenges of inventing cleaner and greener ways to travel. The Museum of Innovation is a permanent exhibition at UTM focused on local innovators whose creations have had a global impact:

“This exhibition gives us an opportunity to showcase an impressive and significant aspect of this small country’s history”, says Clare Ablett, the Curator of Transport and Industry at the Ulster Transport Museum. “The positive impact our local scientists and engineers have had around the world is nothing short of astonishing. Whether it was saving the lives of pilots, revolutionising agricultural technology, pushing the boundaries of aircraft design, inventing a new form of road travel or saving the lives of those who suffer cardiac arrest, they all have had an impact on people around the world and Northern Ireland was the birthplace of those achievements”.

At TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023, Clare told us more about some of these ground-breaking innovators (from John Dunlop, Professor Frank Pantridge, John DeLorean and James Martin, to the Short Brothers, Harry Ferguson and Lilian Bland), the stories behind the objects on display and their relevance to engineers and scientists today and in the future.

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us in Holywood on February 9th for the live in-person event at Cultra Manor, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Clare’s keynote presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023

On February 9th we will be casting a spotlight over Northern Ireland, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by Belfast; Derry City and Strabane; Lisburn and Castlereagh; Antrim and Newtownabbey; Ards and North Down; Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon; Causeway Coast and Glens; Fermanagh and Omagh; Mid and East Antrim; Mid Ulster; Newry, Mourne and Down; and beyond.


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