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Leading the way in industry-facing research - Interreg Europe Workshop

Posted on: 29 Nov 2017

Leading the way in industry-facing research - Interreg Europe Workshop

Tyndall National Institute hosted a workshop for over 50 delegates from two European Interreg associations: ecoRIS3 and InnovaFoster on November 28th. The workshop forms part of a two-day event on ‘Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and Higher Education Players’ organised by Cork Institute of Technology as part of ecoRIS3’s activities to share best practices. 

Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across the EU to develop and deliver better policy to support research and innovation, low-carbon economies and SME competitiveness. During the workshop, Tyndall shared its insight into successfully managing projects and programmes that allow innovators across Europe access infrastructure, research excellence and expertise to lower barriers for digital innovation.

Head of Stategic Programmes at Tyndall, Professor Cian Ó Mathúna, welcomed the opportunity to address the delegates commenting: “Tyndall is recognized internationally for its research excellence in digitising industry, particularly in the areas of smart manufacturing, agri-tech, communications, energy, health and the environment. Our network of 200 industry partners and customers globally, and our success rate in European research projects, demonstrates that we are leading the way in best practice when it comes to innovation and industry-facing research.”

Cian O Mathuna addressing Interreg delegates at Tyndall
Cian Ó Mathúna addresssing delegates during the Interreg workshop

Delegates also heard how Tyndall is progressing needs-driven initiatives and coordinating successful partnerships. Dr Giorgos Fagas, Head of EU Programmes said: “We are very glad to share our experience on mainstreaming digital innovations across all sectors with the Interreg community. Our success in creating value with innovators nationally and across the EU depends on complementing our offering with links to regional supports and access to our extended network”.

Tyndall currently coordinates ASCENT, an H2020 project providing SMEs with access to state-of-the-art facilities in nanoelectronics, and PIXAPP, an H2020 project offering the world’s first open access photonics packaging pilot manufacturing line. The institute has partnered in numerous EU projects providing innovation testbeds for SMEs to trial technology platforms in their products. In addition, Tyndall hosts the ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland which supports entrepreneurs for the uptake of space technology in new products and services in a non-space environment.

Tyndall's Georgios Fagas welcoming delegates to Tyndall
Seamus Coghlan, Head of Economic Development, Cork City Council representing InnovaFoster; Giorgos Fagas, Head of EU Programmes, Tyndall National Institute; and Dr John Hobbs, Senior Lecturer at CIT representing ecoRIS3 arriving at the Interreg workhop hosted by Tyndall