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News : Irish Last Updated: Apr 24, 2009 - 5:31:05 PM

Forty-five member group formed to bid to make Dublin European City of Science in 2012
By Finfacts Team
Mar 13, 2008 - 3:23:07 PM

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The Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government Prof Patrick Cunningham was chosen today to chair what has been termed a "high-powered" steering group to prepare a bid to make Dublin the European City of Science in 2012. The 45-member group held its first meeting today.

The group, comprising senior figures from industry, third level institutions, enterprise and research promotion agencies, and senior civil servants will work to prepare an application by Dublin to receive the prestigious designation. Today's meeting also chose three vice-chairs of the steering group: Frank Gannon of Science Foundation Ireland, Brian Trench of Dublin City University and Liam Connellan of the Irish Academy of Engineering.

A European City of Science is selected every two years by Euroscience, the premier international representative body for European scientists. The objective of this prestige event is to engage and stimulate the interests of both the scientific community and the public in cutting edge science and technology developments. Munich was so designated in 2006, Barcelona this year and Turin in 2010.

"Ireland has substantially increased its commitment to science and to developing a knowledge economy in recent years" said Prof Cunningham. "It is appropriate that we would seek this designation to reflect this. In 2012 we will be nearing the completion of the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) 2006-2013 and the event would allow the city to showcase the best of Irish science and research."

He said he hoped a successful bid would increase the international reputation of Ireland as a centre for scientific and research excellence. This would in turn support the activities of IDA Ireland in marketing of Ireland as a location for foreign investment, and R&D facilities in particular, and also support Enterprise Ireland in promoting indigenous, Irish firms in the international marketplace.

Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Tourism, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Council are represented on the steering group, reflecting the potential tourism benefits to Ireland. The centrepiece of the year would be a 5-day extravaganza of science in Dublin in July 2012, involving both the general public and scientists, and which would be expected to attract over 4,000 international delegates, bringing benefits to the economy of Dublin as well as the national economy. Should the bid be successful, there would be further opportunities for professional scientific organisations to hold their recurring specialist events in Dublin or other cities in Ireland during the year.

The closing date for receipt of bids is September 2008. The successful applicant will be announced in January 2009.

Members of the group include Dr. Frank Gannon, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Tom Boland, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, Senator Feargal Quinn; Martin Murphy, Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard Ireland; Professor David McConnell, Head of the School of Genetics and Microbiology in Trinity College Dublin; Professor Brian Norton, President of Dublin Institute of Technology; and Dr Reg Shaw, chairman of the Health Research Board.

Prof. Janet Allen Conway Institute of Biomolecular
 & Biomedical Research
Mr Tom Boland Higher Education Authority
Mr Peter Brabazon Discover Science & Engineering 
Prof. Maurice Bric University College Dublin
Ms Ruth Carmody Department of Education
and Science
Dr. Eamonn Cashell Cork Institute of Technology
Mr Liam Connellan Irish Academy of Engineering 
Mr Enda Connolly IDA Ireland
Prof. Jane Conroy Royal Irish Academy
Dr. Matt Corcoran Wyeth Ireland
Mr  Ned Costello Irish Universities Association
Dr. Tim Creedon Insittutes of Technology
Ms Mary Cryan Advisory Science Council
Prof. Patrick Cunningham Chief Scientific Adviser
Prof. Dervilla Donnelly Dublin Institute for
Advanced Studies
Ms Eimear Dunne Dublin Convention Bureau
Prof. David Fegan Royal Irish Academy
Mr  Peter Finnegan Dublin City Council
Dr. Frank Gannon Science Foundation Ireland
Dr. Michael John Gorman Science Gallery
Prof. Jane Grimson IRCSET
Ms Jane Jerry Exploration Station
Mr Tom Kennedy Science Spin
Prof. Daniel McCaughan McCaughan Associates
Prof. David McConnell Trinity College Dublin
Mr. Aebhric McGibney Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Mr  Barry McSweeney Department of Communications,
Energy & Natural Resources
Mr  Matt Moran IBEC
Mr Martin Murphy Hewlett-Packard Ireland
Ms Monica Nerney Fáilte Ireland
Prof. Brian Norton Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Siobhán O'Sullivan The Irish Council for Bioethics
Ms Dipti Pandya IRCHSS
Senator Feargal Quinn Seanad Éireann
Ms  Ann Riordan Dublin Tourism
Mr Frank Ryan Enterprise Ireland
Mr Martin Shanagher Department of Enterprise,
Trade & Employment
Dr. Reg Shaw HRB
Mr Eamonn Sinnott Intel
Mr  John Travers Michael Smurfit Graduate
 Business School
Mr Brian Trench Dublin City University
Prof.  Edward Walsh University of Limerick
Ms Mary Whelan Department of Foreign Affairs

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