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The Dargan Centre
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, attended a ceremony to officially name the new Research, Development and Innovation building, the Dargan Centre, at the Institute of Technology Carlow. The new centre will house the Institute's Research & Commercialisation Support Centre, (formerly the External Services Department), the Institute’s Centres of Research and Enterprise, and incubation units for existing and start-up companies. It will also host over 100 post graduate and postdoctoral researchers, developing new technologies and commercial innovations, providing job opportunities and economic growth for the region, forging links and collaborations at both a national and international level. Read More »
The Launch of Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which will run from 2014 to 2020. The programme was adopted by the European Council and European Parliament in November 2013 and is valued at nearly €80 billion. Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD welcomed the decision saying “This €79bn programme presents tremendous opportunities for Irish researchers and companies and has many new features and includes an increased focus and support for SMEs. Irish researchers and industry can win over €1bn from this fund. We need to be ambitious in ensuring that we maximise our drawdown of productive, job creating funds.” The programme will strengthen the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology and respond to the economic crisis by investing in future jobs and growth. Read More »
IT Carlow visit DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
As part of the agreement towards exploring the establishment of a Technological University for the South East of Ireland through the merger of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow, representatives from both partners travelled to Brussels to meet offi cials in the Office of the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science to identify specific aspects of Horizon 2020 and explore potential partnership opportunities. A crucial component of the strategy and future ambitions of IT Carlow and WIT is the alignment of institutional research activity to national and European prioritisations. This is to ensure that research activity is capable of achieving the highest international standards so that it can have a major impact on EU, national and regional economic development. The opportunities in H2020 provide a platform to develop the strategy and ambitions of the partners where successful individual or joint projects can lead to future jobs and growth.
The delegation from IT Carlow included Dr David Dowling, Head of School of Science, Dr Brian Jackson, Head of Postgraduate Studies and Ms Sarah O’Brien, RDI Programme Support Officer. WIT was represented by Dr Willie Donnelly, Head of Research and Innovation, Dr Peter McLoughlin, Head of Department of Chemical & Life Sciences and Mr Kevin Doolin, Chief Operations Offi cer, Director EU Programmes,TSSG. The delegation met with a number of Directors responsible for different EU programmes including EU Structural Funds, Environment, Health, Agriculture, ICT, the Joint Research Centre, International Co-operation and Scientifi c Policy and Stakeholder Relations. Themeetings provided an inside track to the strategies and policies of H2020 in a regional, national, European and international context, while also presenting research and innovation opportunities for both Institutes in their respective fields of expertise.
Ciara Byrne, BBS (Hons) in Management