Thursday, 2 January 2014

Tyndall National Institute gears up for Horizon 2020 with Italian MOU

Tyndall National Institute has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Politecnico di Torino, Italy, to foster academic exchange and cooperation between the two institutions.

The MOU will help facilitate exchange of students, academic and research staff and enable the institutions to share scientific and educational materials on disciplines of mutual interest.

Opportunities to work together on special projects and joint research programmes will also be explored as part of Horizon 2020 calls in the areas of smart cities, sensor systems, photonic integration, advanced semiconductor processing, electronic system design and ICT for health.

Signing the MOU in Turin, CEO of Tyndall National Institute, Dr Kieran Drain, said “Tyndall is a national institute with international influence. Central to generating additional, high-end jobs here in Ireland is the exchange of knowledge, best practices and skilled personnel with similarly ambitious institutions in Europe. Tyndall researchers have already collaborated with researchers in Politecnico di Torino which began ten years ago with an EU Framework Programme 6 (FP6), Toxichip. This MOU formalises the two institutes’ relationship, raising it to the next level in terms of attaining excellence. Among the specific areas of research underpinning this MOU are energy efficiency, environment monitoring, biosensors, telemedicine and wireless sensor networks”.

Welcoming the development, Vice Rector of Politecnico di Torino, Prof. Enrico Macii said “Our collaboration with the Tyndall National Institute is a very positive step for both research and education. Building on our student and research exchange programmes and partnerships for European projects such as Toxichip and SMAC, the MOU formalises this relationship, providing an excellent basis for increased collaboration between our Institutes. I would like to thank Dr Drain for visiting us, and giving us the opportunity to showcase our facilities and share our common outlook for future research priorities”.

The MOU is part of Tyndall National Institute’s ambitious plans to diversify its funding and attract €20 million per year from Horizon 2020 and Industry sources.