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Fiona Coyle

Ink Chemist

Hewlett-Packard

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  Fiona Coyle
You have to be willing to work things out. Every day we meet problems and as a scientist it is my job to understand the problem and then find a solution. A good technical knowledge of your area is essential, in my case Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science. A willingness to learn is essential and it is really important to listen to people around you as they may have the answer to your problem or a piece of the problem. Most people in my job would have a degree in a Science disipline and/or a post graduate degree such as a Masters or Ph.D.
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Marine opportunities highlighted by Government  


Tuesday, March 06, 2012 




Marine opportunities highlighted by Government

The Marine Institute welcomes the launch by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton, T.D., of the Government’s plan to target the majority of the Government’s core research budget on areas with the greatest potential for economic return.

Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO Marine Institute welcomed the report saying “It clearly highlights the opportunities for economic growth through research in the areas of seafood, both aquaculture and wild fisheries, Marine renewable energy and ICT applications in the marine environment (based on the Smartocean concept) and marine food for health. We look forward to participating in the Prioritisation Action Group, established to oversee the implementation of the reports recommendations.”

Many of the research objectives aimed at realising the potential in these sectors are spelt out in Sea Change-A Marine Knowledge, Research and Innovation Strategy for Ireland, and will continue to guide future research investment. The necessity for research as an ‘enabler’, in support of potential commercial opportunities and policy development/implementation, has also been identified in the recently launched public consultation Our Ocean Wealth, which seeks input from the public in developing an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland.

The marine research priorities identified for support under the Report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group connect with those identified in the EUs €80 billion Horizon 2020 Programme (2014-2020) and in the European Union Strategy for the Atlantic (2011), providing a unique opportunity for co-funded research, development and innovation supporting the sustainable development of our shared European marine resources.

Full article, Marine Institute.
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