IRISH companies have distinguished themselves in European Space Agency (ESA) programmes by developing innovative technologies capable of performing in the extreme environment of space. That’s according to Dr. Franco Ongaro, director of technical and quality management at ESA and head of the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, Holland.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Sherlock noted that “this innovative programme will help to develop vibrant and creative relationships between IT-intensive organisations and schools.
Water management, energy efficiency, food security and climate change adaptation all areas of opportunity for progressive Irish companies and technologies
Minister Sherlock said, “The fields of water management, energy efficiency, food security and climate change adaptation are key concerns for Ireland, but are also areas of opportunity for progressive Irish companies and technologies.
Finland’s powerhouse R&D effort is a model for Ireland to copy on the road to economic recovery’ – Sherlock
The Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr. Sean Sherlock TD, today (Thursday) concluded a two day visit to Helsinki, Finland where he met with a range of Finnish research and education policy makers, funding agencies and innovators.
Minister Sherlock said the visit gave him the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into Finland’s research, innovation and education systems. The Minister heard of reforms in the Finnish higher education system, efforts to increase exploitation of knowledge as well as the creation of new knowledge, measures to support entrepreneurship and start-up companies as well as the use of evaluation and foresight to inform decision making.
MINISTER of State Sean Sherlock described the Final Report of the Commission on Credit Unions as “…an innovative, and practical approach to the necessary restructuring of credit unions and of the credit union sector”.
“I am particularly pleased that the Commission, which had been established as a result of manifesto commitments made by the current government parties, had not only brought forward a valuable report after widespread consultation, but it was also proposing a well thought out mechanism to ensure that the report becomes a reality in the immediate future.
FOLLOWING uncertainty that has arisen from a recent public debate, The Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr. Sean Sherlock T.D., wishes to make it known that the draft Statutory Instrument (SI) on the European Union (Copyright and Related Rights) Regulations 2012 as proposed by the Technical Group was, in fact, forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office on 2nd February, 2012 for consideration.
THE Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD has formally launched the new Irish Research Council – a merger of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET).
Speaking at the launch of the Research Council, the Minister said: “Research and development is at the heart of this Government’s enterprise policy. The Irish Research Council will encourage innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and will support young researchers that will be future leaders in their fields. It will play a vital role in driving future job creation across economic, cultural and social spheres.”