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UCD Positioned as Ireland’s Science and Research Gateway to Europe during Washington Visit

Thursday, 17 March, 2016 


Pictured (l-r) in Washington DC are; Prof Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact; U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power; Prof Andrew J. Deeks, UCD President and Prof Dolores O'Riordan, UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement.

Pictured (l-r) in Washington DC are; Prof Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact; U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power; Prof Andrew J. Deeks, UCD President and Prof Dolores O'Riordan, UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement.

A high-level delegation, led by Professor Andrew J Deeks, President, University College Dublin (UCD), has paid a 3-day visit to Washington D.C., to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day. 

The aims of the visit were; to position UCD as Ireland’s Science and Research gateway to Europe; to gain insight into US current and upcoming science and research regulatory, policy, and funding developments, and to exchange views on common issues of interest.

UCD already has a strong track record of US engagement, collaborating with over 400 US institutions in the last 3-years and the co-authoring over 2,000 publications.

In addition the university has had research collaborations with numerous US Federal agencies and organisations such as the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Office of Naval Research, the US National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture.

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and Professor Dolores O’Riordan, UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement accompanied Professor Deeks on the trip to the United States.

While in Washington, the delegation met with staff from key US Congressional Committees including the Research and Technology Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and briefed them on UCD’s activities, highlighting the university’s expertise in collaborative partnerships.

Professor Andrew J Deeks, UCD President said, “UCD’s ambition is to display a stronger leadership role and contribute substantively to addressing Europe’s and global societal challenges through more collaborative research and development. Our visit to Washington explored such possibilities with the US, a long standing partner for the European Union in science and research.”

The delegation also explored US science and research policies with the Office of Science and Technology Policy including a focus on common challenges and opportunities for collaboration and funding and presented proposed collaboration initiatives.

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact said, “University College Dublin is well positioned as a gateway to EU research collaboration specifically in areas where Europe and the US are looking to co-operate such as Agri-Food, Energy and Big Data.”