Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner attends the annual conference of the Coimbra Group ‘Creativity, Research and Innovation in Universities’

Left to right: Dr James Browne, President, NUIG, Commissioner, Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland and Professor Dorothy Kelly, Executive Board Chair, Coimbra Group. © 2013, Mac Mahon Photography
"If we want to tackle our biggest societal challenges and develop technology-based business, we need an excellent science base and we need to train creative graduates and foster critical and innovative mind-sets".


Galway, 24 May 2013


President Browne, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to have this opportunity to speak to the members of the Coimbra Group and other invited
stakeholders, and to welcome you to my native city – I hope you will have time to explore Galway and the
surrounding countryside and coast while you are here.

For me, what makes the Coimbra Group so interesting is not the venerable ages of your member institutions, but
the broad mix and richness of experiences you represent.