Ireland needs science and technology to get the economy back on track and to get the answers to the biggest challenges it faces, according to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
Speaking at the Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition at NUI Galway on Sunday, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science said that, in today’s economic climate, it is more important than ever to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills they need to succeed.
“And we need science and technology to get our economy back on track and to get the answers to the biggest challenges we face, whether climate change, energy or tackling diseases,” she said.
Praising the event organisers, as well as the companies, educational institutes and researchers involved in the Galway Science and Technology Festival, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn said that she was delighted to be back in Galway, which is “home to many world-class scientists, engineers and business innovators in a wide range of sectors, including marine research, ICT and medical devices”.
“For the last two weeks, hundreds of young people have taken part in the festival and engaged with researchers, asking questions and really getting in touch with science and technology. These young people are the scientists and innovators of tomorrow, and events like the Galway festival are very important in stimulating their curiosity.
“As a former teacher, I know very well the importance of capturing children’s imaginations at an early age. This is true for all school subjects, but is especially important in the case of science and technology, since they pervade almost every aspect of modern life,” she said.