EU Commissioners, Carlos Moedas and Phil Hogan visit UCD

2 March 2015

EU Commissioners, Carlos Moedas and Phil Hogan visit UCD

The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Mr Carlos Moedas, and the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Phil Hogan, have visited UCD to hear about the impact of UCD researchers. During their visit, the Commissioners also participated in a roundtable discussion with executives from companies working in the agrifood, energy and ICT sectors.

"I'm very excited to visit UCD, one of the most attractive locations in Ireland for conducting excellent research and bringing to market new technologies and services. Alongside the other excellent universities and higher education institutes in Ireland, this is making a major contribution to boost growth and improve people's lives. I am particularly looking forward to meeting some of the many young researchers here that are being supported by EU funding" Commissioner Moedas said. During their visit the Commmisioners met Dr Lisa Girard, Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Post-doctoral Fellow based at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy

EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas with UCD Geary Post-Doctoral Fellow Lisa Girard

Commissioner Hogan said, “The European Commission is delivering a considerable boost to agriculture and food research through Horizon 2020 under European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture. Support to research and innovation is coupled together to develop cross-thematic activities and avoid traditional research in ‘silos’. UCD is at the forefront of this drive, particularly in relation to areas such as Precision Farming, where there is huge potential for synergies between the ICT and agrifood sectors from laboratory to farm.”

EU Commissioners, Carlos Moedas and Phil Hogan with Researchers from UCD

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