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Technology Gateway Programme funding must be extended, research and innovation expert urges

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Pic. Dr. Peter McLoughlin, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT

Industry and academia are working closer than ever and that relationship is starting at an earlier and earlier age and stage, Dr McLoughlin told the 4th eDigiregion International Conference at Waterford Institute of Technology. The two day conference saw delegates from Ireland, Spain, Hungary and Romania working together to promote sustainable regional development and growth under the EU-funded programme.

He said WIT was instrumental in helping upskill for available posts in the medical devices and pharma sectors local people who lost their jobs with the closure of a call centre in the city a number of years ago. It has also partnered with globally-renowned agri firm, Glanbia, to provide it with the industry-ready new staff it needed for a major new plant in Belview.

“Two of the most successful interventions ever for business in Ireland have been Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher Scheme and the Technology Gateway Programme. Innovation Vouchers are simply brilliant and a simple way of encouraging business to engage with Higher Education Institutes on everything from product design to business model development.

“Similarly, the Technology Gateways have been instrumental in supporting companies with over 400 engaging with the Gateways in 2016. It exposes them to a totally new way of thinking. It is critical that funding and the supports for this programme be extended beyond the current phase,” Dr McLoughlin said.

Fifteen Gateways, ‘smart specialisation’ areas have been developed nation-wide with WIT the only Institute of Technology to house three of these innovation hubs across advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and mobile services, he added.

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Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref: 018958)

Job Title:                                                 Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref. No. 018958)

Department:                                           TSSG (www.tssg.org)

Commencement Date:                           Immediately

Minimum Qualification Required:         PhD

Description:

The ideal candidate for this role will possess research expertise in the areas of Virtualised Networks and Infrastructures and/or Software Defined Networking.

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MSc by Research and PhD by Research Positions

Applications are invited for MSc by Research and PhD by Research positions with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) (http://www.tssg.org) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland.

The candidate will work as a member of the Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre for Future Networks and Communications “CONNECT” Research Centre, comprising TSSG and research groups from Irish universities including Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Mynooth University, Tyndall National Institute and Dublin MSc by Research and PhD by Research Positions Institute of Technology.  CONNECT comprises 11 Academic partners and 37 Industry partners including Google, Intel, IBM, Cisco, Ericsson and is one of the largest group of researchers worldwide addressing challenges relating to Future Networks and Communications.

The candidate will investigate areas such as Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Cloud and Fog Computing paradigms, Internet of Things. The work will take place in close collaboration with one of the CONNET industrial partners, in particular DellEMC, Intel, IBM, Ericsson or CISCO and the candidate will spend a significant amount of time working in that partner’s laboratories.

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New €7m EU investment in Wales and Ireland’s fisheries industry

Press ImageMore than €7m of EU funds will be invested in science and technology projects to help protect and develop the marine life and the fisheries industry in Wales and Ireland.

The funding will support a scientific investigation of the opportunities and risks posed by climate change in the Irish Sea and the deployment of technology to reduce energy costs and help businesses develop new products and processes.

Both projects are being funded through the EU’s Ireland-Wales co-operation programme, which is helping to strengthen economic links and cross-border collaboration between the two countries.

Welsh Government Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said:  “These projects bring together expertise from both nations to support an industry in Wales and Ireland that shares the same opportunities, challenges and resources within the Irish Sea.

“Collaborative schemes like these are why we are clear about the advantages to Wales of ongoing access to territorial co-operation programmes, including the Ireland-Wales programme, when the UK leaves the EU.”

Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, T.D. said: “I am delighted to see the launch of another two projects under the Ireland-Wales programme.

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Industry, government and academics to promote sustained regional economic development models

Free eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference at WIT Arena March 8 and 9

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Pic. Prof. Bill O Gorman, W.I.T

INDUSTRY leaders, academics and government agencies who’ve developed an international model of best practice to stimulate critically-needed regional development across Ireland, Spain, Hungary and Romania, are to present their findings and debate ways of sustaining such cross-agency co-operation and growth at a free conference which is spearheaded by Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT.

The international event at the WIT Arena on March 8 and 9, will be of particular interest to those involved in sectors such as agriculture and digital media, pharmaceutical, medtech, advanced manufacturing as well as ICT in tourism, the organisers say.

The eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference includes workshops, networking opportunities, briefings and inspiring addresses from partners in the highly-regarded EU programme which is being led by WIT. A recent ICT brokerage event run by the partners in Dublin, drew support from IDA Ireland as well as major industry leaders which included Microsoft and Fujitsu.

Organiser, Prof. Bill O’Gorman of WIT, said a panel of influential international speakers and partners in the highly-successful FP7-funded initiative will share their regions’ experiences of stimulating regional innovation and developing regional partnership models. Delegates will also hear about the implementation of the South East Action Plan for Jobs and from those targeting the growth of specific industry sectors in the region. The free conference also explores how industry and research institutions can better collaborate to deliver innovation that meets industry needs, he said.

“WIT is at the forefront of regional development and developing a long-term, sustainable environment where regions will prosper and thrive. We have delivered on our goals in eDIGIREGION and this has been well recognised from an EU perspective.

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