IRELAND is very fortunate to have pioneers such as Kilkenny-based Dr Willie Donnelly and ground-breaking hubs such as the Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG), part of which is located in the grounds of St Kieran’s College, Minister with responsibility for Research & Innovation, Sean Sherlock, has said.
The minister made his comments at the three day Future Internet Assembly in Dublin, a world-class three day event organised by the TSSG and Dr Donnelly which brought over 630 leading technologists, academics and ICT innovators and industry pioneers together.
Ireland is determined to secure an EU-wide deal for research funding before the end of its term as President of the Council of the EU, the minister said to the academic and industrial leaders gathered, all of whom are driving the next generation internet and were showcasing over €1 billion in research and future-proof products.
“We are determined to ensure political agreement between the various European bodies on Horizon 2020. There must be a seamless transit between FP7 and Horizon 2020. It is critical that we get institutional agreement soon,” Minister Sherlock said.
“I am very determined to progress this matter during the Irish Presidency. We do not want to see a hiatus or a vacuum develop. This funding stream is critical for stimulus and growth and it is imperative that this agenda be completed. I acknowledge the critical role played by the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) in this assembly and its work. We are smartly specialising and very fortunate to have people like Dr Willie Donnelly of TSSG and Professor Martin Curley from INTEL in Ireland,” Minister Sherlock said.
In a video address to the Assembly, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, said ICT is one of themain drivers in improving Europe’s growth capacity. She congratulated WIT and the EU on the Assembly and said she looks forward to the results of their discussions over the three days.
Europe needs to continue to invest in the best scientists whose work will be translated into world-class products and services, Kevin Doolin, TSSG Chief Operating Officer and Director of EU Programmes said. The event was organised by and hosted by TSSG.