Create: Innovate: Armagh

Award-winning materials scientist Mark Miodownik leads a line-up of distinguished speakers set for the cross-sectoral conference on March 2

Ideas of creative entrepreneurship, cross-sector collaboration and innovation through celebration will be promoted in a free one-day event bringing together everyone from crafters and engineers to designers and scientists at the Armagh Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 1.

Create: Innovate: Armagh aims to foster a culture of innovative thinking, encouraging entrepreneurial ideas that push existing safe boundaries, whether you work in the industry, are a student, or simply an enthusiast.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Mark Miodownik, a materials engineer who champions research linking the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. Attendees will hear about his work at the Institute of Making; discussing their cross-disciplinary approach as well as how their Materials Library and MakeSpace enables their research and encourages innovation.

He will be joined by a series of pioneering speakers who are making changes in the way that we view and implement creativity and innovation in society. These include Ruth Morrow of Tactility Factory and creative practitioner, Stephen Farnan as well as a joint presentation from senior design academic and design consultant, Michelle Douglas and professional research consultant, Ruth Flood on the current position of design, creativity and innovation in Northern Ireland.

Register free for the event and see the full line-up of guest speakers here.

Create: Innovate: Armagh is an initiative by the Education Authority (Southern Region) and Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Borough Council aiming to grow the creative and innovation industries in Armagh. The event takes place as part of #CreativityMonth 2016, a celebration of the creativity and the creative industries in Northern Ireland throughout March. To view the full programme of events visit