Brussels, February 7, 2014: The Irish International Diaspora Centre Trust will convene a meeting at the Irish Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels on February 10, 2014. The meeting will look at the development of Horizon 2020 research proposals on Diasporas and their contribution to global innovation, science, development, trade and culture. The discussions will bring together researchers, industry and academia and participants will meet with Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore T.D.
The Irish International Diaspora Centre Trust has a vision to create a world-class Irish-International Diaspora Centre where culture, entertainment and technology combine in celebration and commemoration of the achievements and experiences of the 70 million Irish Diaspora.
It is proposed that the Centre will be located within the estate of the 200-year-old harbour at Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, facing out to Dublin Bay and The Irish Sea.
Diasporas are a major global force shaping the direction and trend of global development. They occupy a vital strategic position giving them unique capabilities and perspectives on economic and political realities around the world. The meeting on February 10 will bring together interested parties to identify key calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, and to support the formation of groups of interest to pursue the development of successful research proposals.
In September 2012, a seminar at the European Parliament drew attention to the need for Europe to increase its understanding of diasporas and identified Horizon 2020 as a valuable instrument for advancing this goal.
The Global Diaspora Forum in 2013, co-hosted in Dublin with the US State Department, also highlighted the important role of Horizon 2020 in this regard.
The February 10th meeting is an opportunity for interested stakeholders to identify key Horizon 2020 calls for proposals and to support the formation of groups of interest to pursue the development of successful research proposals.
Stakeholders including media are welcome to attend the meeting. Participants are encouraged to provide informed input, from a unique perspective, into discussions.
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Irish International Diaspora Centre
The dispersal of the Irish throughout the world and their contribution to the economies and cultures of those lands is one of the defining elements of our nation’s past and present. Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has a vision to create a world-class Irish-International Diaspora Centre where culture, entertainment and technology combine in celebration and commemoration of the achievements and experiences of the 70 million Irish Diaspora. It is proposed that the Centre will be located within the estate of the 200-year-old harbour, facing out to Dublin Bay and The Irish Sea.
It is envisioned that visitors will be encouraged to take an interactive journey through five themes of Irish history and Ireland’s continued contribution to world development, including: The contribution of Irish monastic communities to European enlightenment in the 6th and 7th centuries; The impact of the Vikings and Normans, their integration and contribution to shaping the political and physical environment; The contribution of Giants of Science and literature, such as Richard Boyle and Dean Swift; Emigration in the 19th and 20th centuries Ireland in the 21st century: In a changing Europe, the integration of those from other cultures and the use of science & biotechnology for the social and business economies.
Situated in an area of great scenic beauty, Dun Laoghaire has significant cultural and marine leisure attractions. It is anticipated that the Irish International Diaspora Centre will be a significant additional tourist attraction for Dun Laoghaire, Dublin and the country as a whole.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion1, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.
Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).