Waterford well-represented at European Commission RISE Tour d’Europe Dublin meeting

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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) president Prof Willie Donnelly supported the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation and European Commission in bringing a meeting of a high level group of experts to Ireland recently. 

The Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts (RISE) high-level group (HLG) gives direct strategic support to the European Commissioner for research, innovation, and science Carlos Moedas and to the European Commission.

Prof Donnelly is the only Irish representative on the RISE group, set up in June 2014. He sits on the Open Knowledge Markets advisory group which works on economic impact of research and innovation, including new concepts and measuring of innovation and the regulatory framework for research and innovation.

“The RISE group will present a final report on opening research and innovation for EU’s future to the Commissioner after the end of the tour. The report will contain a summary of the key investment priorities as articulated by the member states during the engagement process. I’m delighted to play a part representing Ireland, the south east region and WIT in this process, bringing a unique insight to the table," Prof Willie Donnelly said. 

The RISE group is touring European capitals to meet with independent experts and think tanks in the field of research and innovation. The RISE Tour d’Europe takes place in the context of Jean-Claude Juncker initiative of a wide and open reflection on the future direction of the European project.

The RISE Tour d’Europe focuses on the field of research and innovation and its role in wider European policy. This involves a dialogue between the RISE group and independent think tanks, not directly connected to national administrations. The participants are policy advisers, economists, academics and intellectuals.

The Dublin meeting was attended by industry and funding agencies and provided Ireland with an opportunity to present its investment priorities post Horizon 2020. WIT’s Prof Bill O'Gorman also attended the meeting as an expert on entrepreneurship and regional economy.

At the meeting, RISE presented the findings of its report 'Europe’s future: Open Innovation, Open Science, and Open to the World'. These meetings provide an opportunity for national hosts to put forward the main economic and policy perspectives of their country. It is also an opportunity for the host country to articulate their investment priorities for the European Framework programme post Horizon2020.