Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science visits O'Brien Centre for ScienceSunday, 22 June, 2014
Director Enterprise and Commercialisation Brendan Cremen; Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn; Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact Professor Orla Feely; President Professor Andrew J Deeks; Director of Research Triona McCormack.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visits O’Brien Centre for Science
Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn recently visited UCD where she was welcomed by President Professor Andrew J Deeks. The purpose of the visit was to meet with Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, and to learn more about the research undertaken at UCD from some of its leading researchers.
The Commissioner received a facilitated tour of the new O’ Brien Centre for Science, dedicated to world class research, addressing global challenges in the areas of Agrifood, Environment, Data Analytics and Health. In a previous visit, UCD’s six research strategic priorities were presented to the Commissioner. This latest visit provided an opportunity to show what progress has been made in these areas and to highlight cross-/inter-disciplinary research collaborations.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science said
‘The new O'Brien Centre for Science is a remarkable architectural achievement which I am sure will prove an inspirational location for all those lucky enough to be conducting their research here! I am especially delighted to have had this opportunity to speak to the researchers, many of whom are working on EU projects, and to learn more about the different global challenges they are tackling. UCD of course has had an excellent track record of participation in the EU's FP7 research programme and I am delighted to learn today that your goal is to double that level of participation in Horizon 2020. With nearly €80 billion in funding over seven years,Horizon 2020 offers a goldmine of opportunities to researchers and innovators in Ireland.’
President Professor Andrew J Deeks commented:
‘World-class research and innovation cannot take place without enabling and far-sighted funding programmes. The support of the European Commission for research and innovation through Horizon 2020 is vital to European competitiveness. I would like to pay particular tribute, Commissioner, to your personal leadership in developing and in securing support for an exciting and relevant programme that is already engaging the enthusiasm of the research community across Europe and inspiring them to new heights.’
UCD – European Funding Achievements:
- UCD featured in the top 10 most successful European institutions in the International Outgoing Fellowship Scheme across FP7.
- UCD holds 15 grants in the European Research Council - more than a third of all Irish grants, across a wide range of disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Science and Engineering.
- UCD research leader Martin Albrecht was awarded an ERC Starter Grant in 2007, a Proof of Concept grant in 2012 and a Consolidator grant in 2013.
- UCD research leader Aoife Gowen completed her Marie Curie fellowship in 2013 and was awarded an ERC Starter grant in 2013.
- UCD COFUND programme ENERGY 21 was ranked 1st in Europe in the evaluation process under the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions.
Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and President Professor Andrew J Deeks