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Science, Technology & Educational Collaborations: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions

Friday 17th June, 2011 – The Mansion House, Dublin

Universities and Institutes of Technology from all over Ireland and a some from India, attended the 2nd Ireland-India Science and Technology Forum in Dublin’s prestigious Mansion House on 17th June 2011. They were given the opportunity to meet on a one-to-one basis with Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune Dr. R. K. Shevgaonkar and other Irish-Indian delegates brought to Dublin by the Ireland-India Council (IIC). The participants of the Forum listened to presentations and speeches from academia as well as industrial and government representatives. Delegates were warmly welcomed by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Gerry Breen.

Key speakers of the Forum were:

His Excellency, Ambassador of India in Ireland, Mr. P. S. Raghavan
Professor R. K. Shevgaonkar, Vice Chancellor University of Pune, India
Professor Brian Norton, President of Dublin Institute of Technology
Professor Brian Mac Craith, President of Dublin City University
Professor Des Fitzgerald, Vice-President of University College Dublin
Professor Gerard Parr, University of Ulster, Coleraine
Mr. Michael Loftus, Cork Institute of Technology

Professor Conor O Carroll, Director of Research in the Irish Universities Association
Professor Navkanta Bhat, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Mr. Eoin Duggan, representing Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Ireland
Professor Kumlesh Dev, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Eugene Coyle, Stokes Professor in Dublin Institute of Technology
Mr. Keith Moynes, representing the Dept. Of Education and Skills

Professor R. K. Shevgaonkar, the Vice Chancellor of University of Pune was a Key Note speaker at the Forum. President of the Dublin City University Professor Brian Mac Craith and President of the Dublin Institute of Technology Professor Brian Norton were also speakers in the Forum.

A well received interactive panel discussion and question and answer session featured challenges and opportunities for Irish Indian collaborations. This discussion allowed speakers and panellists to tap into great experiences from Ireland and India with more in-depth knowledge of their particular subjects. 

The Forum also offered delegates the opportunity to meet each other from key universities, Institutes of Technology and representative’s state agencies such as Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Department of Education & Skills. 

There was an exceptional turn out at the conference, allowing delegates to make some very useful links with other collaborative partners keen to share expertise or discuss the substantial opportunities open to Irish-Indian Researchers, Scientists and Academics wanting to foster partnership with India. 

Moving forward, the IIC is determined to work closely with the Irish-Indian Universities and Institutes of Technology.  Over the next 12 months, we intend to strengthen our existing services and roll out new information and business services aimed at raising awareness. We also plan to enhance business to business dialogue and create more communities in Ireland and India around all these sectors.

Feedback from delegates attending the 2nd Forum has been extremely encouraging and we look forward to welcoming the Forum again in 2012 to allow even more productive businesses to take advantage of the bilateral collaborative opportunities available between Ireland and India. Invitations to host the event in County Cork in Southern Ireland, as well as in Mumbai or Bangalore in India have been received but we will decide on where the next conference venue will be heard at a later date. Watch this space!!



Science and Technology Scoping Study

Identifying Areas of Cooperation between Ireland and India

Courtesy: Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi

 Abstract from Executive Summery

  … Despite many visits and agreements at    Government and Institute level, the S & T relationship between Ireland and India has been limited to sporadic collaboration of the most elementary kind. Reasons for slow-moving advancement in collaboration could be:
1.       Concerned S & T community in both countries   is not aware of the collaboration potential.

2.       Dissemination of opportunities has not been taken place.

3.       Research funds are not available /allocated.


We need to develop knowledge partnership resulting in bilateral collaborative S & T PROJECTS. It is apparent that Irish S & T workforce can gain a lot from access to the Indian-know how and Indian counterpart can likewise gain from European expertise by interacting with Irish S & T. ….
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First Ireland-India Science & Technology Forum

Thursday 25 February, 2010, The Helix - Dublin City University


The Ireland-India Council (IIC) took an initiative first of its kind to organize the 1st Ireland-India Science & Technology Forum in 2010. Forum was jointly hosted with Dublin City University (DCU) on Thursday 25 February, at the Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland. 


The purpose of the forum was to promote and catalyze Irish-Indian collaborations in the field of science & technology and joint doctoral research. A Program of Cooperation in Science & Technology was concluded by the governments of Ireland and India in May 2009, which provides the framework for researchers in both countries to develop joint research projects in various disciplines of Science & Technology with the support of both governments. First S &  Forum informed historical and present educational connections between the Ireland and India.


A common element of the deliberations was has been a determination to be useful to stake holders, policy makers, government and non-government institutions. The Forum also focused on issues of real importance to scientific

community and policy makers. It reflected on systematic development of S & T cooperation between Ireland and India


The Forum organizers timely realized the need for such initiative and stakeholder’s desirability of facilitating deliberations and outcomes from such Forum to address academic, industrial and policy benefits. There was consensus among the participants about the importance of science and technology to the development of knowledge based smart economy. It was also reflected significance of such cooperation in advancing the common interests of both countries. Speakers spoke that bilateral science and technology relationship is important to the overall Irish-Indian relationship. Speakers pointed out about the non-availability of matching funding from Irish side. 
Speaking in advance of the Forum, Indian Ambassador P. S. Raghavan said, “There is a strong partnership in Science & Technology between India and the European Union. Ireland has positioned itself as a European hub for innovation and India has the world’s third largest pool of scientific and technical manpower. There are obvious synergies. I believe the Forum will provide the opportunity for Irish researchers to exchange experiences of research links with India and to draw attention to new possibilities”.  

The diversity of participation was extraordinary. Key speakers in the Forum was: H E Mr P. S. Raghavan, Ambassador of India to Ireland, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, President of Dublin City University, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director Enterprise and International Affairs, Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Eamonn Cashell, Cork Institute of Technology Dr. Conor O’ Carroll, Research Director, Irish Universities Association (IUA) and Irish Representative for 7 EU Framework Program, Professor Richard O’ Kennedy, Dublin City University, Dr. Satish Kumar, Queen's University Belfast, Professor Michael Coey, Trinity College Dublin, Mr. Aidan Hodson, Principal Officer, Office of the Science, Technology & Innovation, Department of Enterprise,Trade and Employment, Professor Brian Norton, President, Dublin Institute of Technology.

S & T Forum participants and speakers lauded historical connections between the two countries emphasized that opportunities for S & T cooperation have not been exploited.