The EU-India FI-MEDIA project, which is coordinated by Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG group, was featured during the Education Ireland Fair taking place around a number of cities in India and was presented to a Delegation from Ireland, when they arrived to Mumbai, India on 21stFebruary, 2017. The Irish delegation included Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, Irish Government, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland in India (based in New Delhi), Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland, and Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Department, Engineering Technologies, Waterford IT.
The Irish delegation were highly impressed with the presentation of the EU-India FI-Media project, especially in the approach on insisting the clusters have both research and innovation as well as industry actors on board. They were also impressed in the selection of clustering themes around prioritized topics of importance to Ireland like smart cities/villages, Smart Agriculture and Internet of Things and linkages to H2020 and I2020 and they have specifically requested to follow up with us when back in Ireland. The Irish ambassador has also asked for the India partners to come visit him in New Delhi to discuss the project in more depth. In the question and answers session, we further discussed some approaches towards funding across the knowledge triangle (research and innovation (R&I), industry and society) and the gaps and barriers that currently exist within Irish and EU programmes, and how it is being addressed in Indian R&I programmes.
The EU-India FI-MEDIA project had a number of events and activities around India during 13-21st February, 2017 and a report of the mission can be found HERE.