Speaking at an event in Dublin City University, the SFI director general explained how Ireland can strengthen its research base with strategic partnerships.

At the official launch of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded BioAnalytical Systems at Dublin City University in May 2017, Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), explained how the €5m investment this institution represented could not be possible without international collaboration.

“It’s the kind of investment … that small countries can’t make, so we need to partner with organisations to get access both for the academic and the industrial community,” he said.

“International collaboration is really very important. Science Foundation Ireland has that as one of our core strengths.”

Words by Elaine Burke