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Author: Ruth Kearney

New Year and new opportunities. I am delighted to be joining the Steering board of the Irish Digital Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing IDEAM Cluster and will be working with Jamie Meehan, PhD and Katrin Weittenhiller to grow the community and bring more opportunities to Irish manufacturers.

Ruth Kearney

Ruth is focused on driving the commercial path at Nightingale HQ, reaching out to manufacturers to share the GoSmarter toolkit, and driving awareness …


What do IDEAM do?

In a nutshell, they support advanced manufacturing SMEs with their business growth in a number of practical ways;

  • Access to talent
  • R&D opportunities  
  • Access to finance   
  • Internationalisation   
  • Community building  

Why am I keen to get involved?

Industry networks have played a key role in my own career and I’ve always enjoyed meeting people from across different sectors and disciplines. The manufacturing sector in Ireland is small and yet surprisingly fragmented and it’s clusters like IDEAM that join the dots and make doing business, exploring opportunities, and finding synergies easier. I am happy to bring my experience in funding and manufacturing in Ireland and the UK to the cluster and help them grow.

To find out more about IDEAM go to