Welcome to the newsletter of the Irish Institute of Digital Business (IIDB). Our aim is to keep you up to date on news, research and events happening within the research institute.  

In this newsletter, we will review activities and achievements from May & June 2020, and highlight upcoming events. We also provide digital business commentary and insights of relevance for industry.

If you work in industry and wish to explore potential collaborative opportunities with the IIDB then please email The key focus areas of the IIDB are: Future of Accounting and Finance; Future of Work; Future of Sales and Marketing; Future of IS; Future of Governance and Digital Economy. More information on our research profile can be found here.

Kind Regards,
Mark Cummins
The Irish Institute of Digital Business 


The Irish Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University will lead the business research on a new €4.8 million EU project to tackle the issue of energy efficiency in EU residential buildings through novel technologies, processing and business models, including new materials, assembly using robots and cobots, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and Blockchain-enabled crowd equity funding. 

The four-year project, called RINNO, is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and will focus on developing solutions for the construction industry to accelerate (triple) the rate of deep renovation in energy inefficient buildings around Europe, and thereby contribute to reaching the target of 32.5% cent in energy savings set by the EU Green New Deal.

RINNO will achieve this through a combination of novel and innovative technologies, processes and business models.
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The Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project

Launched in June 2020, The Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project is a rapid response oral history project focused on orally archiving the Irish lived experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, for historical purposes. 

Led by Professor Theo Lynn and Caitriona Ni Cassaithe, the project will curate a collection of oral histories, detailing the Irish experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and how Irish communities are living through it, both at home and abroad. The findings are intended to be used by historians, researchers and policymakers in years to come to inform responses to future pandemics.

Join the Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project as a participant, researcher or interviewer by signing up using the link below:

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Cyber Science 2020

In June, IIDB hosted the IEEE Cyber Science conference online as a fully virtual event held over 5 days. The conference was a great success, welcoming over 200 attendees and featuring 74 paper presentations, 5 keynote speeches and 2 industry panel panels. 

Following the event, the dotLAB Radio podcast was delighted to welcome conference organisers Dr Cyril Onwubiko, Dr Xavier Bellekens and Dr Pierangelo Rosati as guests to discuss:

  • Key takeaways from the Cyber Science conference and the ongoing evolution of cybersecurity technologies.
  • The importance of data responsibility and a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity for businesses.
  • Their experiences with organising a virtual conference and the challenge of networking in an online environment.
  • Advice and best practices for hosting and running virtual events.
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Designing Trust Online

Aoife Kelly-Cooney, a second-year Masters student, studying the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour at DCU Business School, writes about online trust for businesses who are increasing their online presence and activities in the wake of COVID-19.
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ISPIM Innovation Conference

Europe's biggest Innovation Conference, ISPIM, went online this year. Representing DCU, with a paper on Design Thinking, was IIDB's Dr Peter Robbins. The paper, entitled: Design Thinking: Blind Faith or Hard Evidence, was-authored with Trinity College's Prof Na Fu and is one of the first empirical studies that attempts to place a value on the practice of design thinking within organisations.

Building Resilience for Remote Working in Ireland

In June Prof. Edel Conway delivered a keynote for IBEC's National Diversity & Inclusion Day. The virtual event had approximately 300 attendees, with Prof. Conway's presentation focusing on 'Building Resilience for Remote Working in Ireland'.

Sports Ireland Innovation Fund

Sports Ireland are launching an Innovation Fund for national sporting organisations with the objective of identifying and encouraging not just novel ideas but also of creating novel partnerships between different sporting bodies.  To launch the fund and kickstart the process of generating networks and suitable ideas, innovation expert, Dr Peter Robbins was asked to facilitate the event in the organisation's national HQ. Entitled: Innovation in Sport Inclusion Workshop, the event brought together government stakeholders as well as leaders from different sporting codes from Tennis to Athletics and from Kayaking to Cricket.

Welcome Xuchang Zheng

The Irish Institute of Business are delighted to welcome Dr. Xuchang Zheng as its newest member. Xuchang’s teaching and research specialise in the area of organisational behaviour and human resource management. He pays particular attention to the process of trust development and decline, examining the influence of cognitive biases on people’s trust decisions. He is also interested in the implication of decision making context, such as the interactions online or between humans and robots/machines, on trust and decision making.  

Last month, Xuchang led a session in our research seminar series entitled 'The effect of positive intention on initiating trust in competence'. The session explored the impact of empty promises & claims on digital platforms on the judgement of competence & trust.

dotLAB Radio is a podcast series brought to you by the IIDB and DCU Business School. The series explores how digital technologies are transforming business and society. Throughout the series we meet business leaders, innovators, and experts from a wide range of industries and disciplines areas and find out how the leaders and learners of today, can position themselves to succeed in the industries of tomorrow.

Topics covered by guests in recent episodes include: 
  • The rise and rise of podcasting – and the opportunities for brands and organisations.
    Matt Deegan, Founder and Creative Director of Folder Media. 
  • AgriTech & FoodTech: The Future of Farming and Food Production.
    Aidan Connolly, CEO of Cainthus.
All episodes can be streamed using the link below.
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