Webinar: EU Horizon Europe Briefing Session

This briefing session will give an introduction to Horizon Europe – the EU’s new seven year, €95B programme for Research and Innovation. Horizon Europe will provide new knowledge and innovative solutions to overcome our societal, ecological and economic challenges. It will also help researchers and top class innovators to develop and deploy their ideas. Additionally it will support excellent science by teaming up the best talent and equipping them with world-class infrastructures, support breakthrough innovations and help to create new services and markets.

Panelists will include:

MC: Jenny Patterson, Cygnus Solutions

Presentation: Stephen O’ Reilly, Enterprise Ireland and Horizon Europe National Contact Point

Experiences with EU Funded Projects:

Registration: This free webinar is open to all it@cork members. Please click on the following link for registration:

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Overview of panellists

Stephen O’Reilly, H2020 National Delegate & Contact Point – ICT & FET, Enterprise Ireland

Stephen O’Reilly of Enterprise Ireland has worked as a National Contact Point for the European Framework Programme since the start of Framework Programme 7 (FP7) in 2007. As well as being the Irish National Delegate for ICT in FP7 and Horizon2020, he is also the Delegate for the EUs Electronic Components and Systems Joint Undertaking (ECSEL) programme. He is currently part of the Irish Support Network for the new Framework Programme, Horizon Europe. Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland he was a researcher at the National Microelectronics Research Centre (now the Tyndall Institute) where he worked on numerous National, EU and Industry funded projects. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science (both from UCC).

Giorgos Fagas, Head of EU Programmes, Tyndall National Institute

Giorgos Fagas, PhD MBA, is Head of EU Programmes at Tyndall and Lead of the CMOS++ Research Theme. He also leads the implementation of the International Reach Goal within the Tyndall 2025 strategy as member of the Institutional Leadership Team. Giorgos engages with research organisations, technologists and policy stakeholders to establish strategic partnerships for collaborative research in Europe and internationally, and create technology roadmaps. Giorgos has been an active promoter of European research with his contributions to strategic research agendas and projects. He holds prominent positions in various policy and industry groups such as ESFRI, AENEAS, EPoSS and MIDAS and has personally acquired funding in excess of €10m through national and European funded programmes. Giorgos has developed and implemented a strategy to deliver projects worth of €60m for Tyndall and €51.3m for Irish partners, incl. €19.5m to Irish-based industry, in 2014-2020. 

Gearóid FitzGerald, Commercial Manager – CCS Project, Ervia

Gearóid FitzGerald is the commercial manager on the CCS project for Ervia, he has worked in the energy industry for the past 15 years. Gearoid is responsible for business modelling across sectors, funding and industry stakeholder engagement.

Hillary Cronin Chief Innovation Officer Metabolomic Diagnostics

Hillary has a solid mix of a technical background and business experience so she recognizes the supports that are required to overcome the challenges associated with commercialising technical products. Hillary has spent her career working at the leading edge of innovation, delivering scientific excellence to the marketplace. Hillary is an EU  expert evaluator on occasional contract with the EU.  Hillary has also worked as an independent grant writer supporting a variety of businesses and research entities in securing Horizon funding.  Metabolomic Diagnostics have been successful in receiving funding from Horizon 2020 and its predecessor FP7 and will be pursuing opportunities in Horizon Europe. The funded projects included a Research Consortium project (IMPROVED), a Marie Curie Fellowship (PRECALI) and an SME Instrument PHASE 2(EIC Accelerator) (IPOG).

Ger Hallissey Senior Manager, Office of the Products and Operations CTO, Dell Technologies

Ger leads the Research Europe group which includes teams in Ireland and Israel. He is responsible for the technical management of Dell Technologies’ European-based collaborative research programmes, which includes both EU and national funded projects, as well as managing strategic academic and industrial partnerships. He also has an active role driving the adoption of technology research into Dell Technologies’ products, services and solutions. He joined Dell Technologies (then EMC)  in 1998 and throughout his career has held engineering management responsibilities in manufacturing, supply-chain, product development and research. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher in PEI Technologies, an Enterprise Ireland funded programme, based in University College Cork; where he was responsible for designing, developing and commercialising energy conversion solutions for industrial applications. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (Power Electronics) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, all from University College Cork.

Jenny Patterson, Cygnus Solutions

Jenny Patterson is an RD&I Management Consultant with 27 years’ experience of setting-up and developing national and international research and innovation activities in both academic and industrial environments.  Trained as a chemist, she has worked predominantly in the semiconductor electronics sector throughout her career.  Jenny has been involved in every EU research and innovation investment programme since FP3 and has been engaged in various roles in many successful projects to date.

In 2009, Jenny set-up her business, Cygnus Solutions, offering solutions to RD&I focused clients on all aspects of Research, Development, and Innovation (RD&I) management including successful client engagement in FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects.  Prior to Cygnus Solutions, Jenny worked at Intel for 9 years previously and held the position of Nanotechnology Program Manager for Intel Ireland.  She was responsible for setting-up and managing Intel’s nanoelectronics research initiatives in Ireland and Europe spanning collaborations across Europe and the US.  She made the breakthrough for Intel into the EU 6th and 7th framework programmes in the area of nanomaterials and nanoelectronics.  She also delivered Intel’s engagement in CRANN, a joint Industry-Academia Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanodevices and Nanostructures, based in TCD.

Before joining Intel, Jenny worked in Tyndall National Institute as Business Development Manager for the Microsystems Group on commercialisation of MEMS based technology and devices, and in leading the Plating Group, Interconnection & Packaging, in commercially driven solar cell, passive component, and IC metallisation research and development.  She also previously worked for Bourns Inc., Microelectronics Division, as Engineering Project Leader working on new product development programs for electronic components. Jenny received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in chemistry from University College Cork (UCC).

Event Details
  • Start Date
    2021-02-18 10:00
  • End Date
    2021-02-18 11:30
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