University of Galway hosts major networking event

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University of Galway is hosting 150 researchers, PhD students and external industry stakeholders to its campus for a special event to discuss solutions for global societal challenges.

The ‘ENLIGHT European Dialogue Digital Innovation in Health and Wellbeing’ has been running for since Tuesday, bringing together universities and external stakeholders to share best practices and foster future research and education collaborations.

One of the highlights of the networking event was the Academic Industry Meeting (AIM) day yesterday.

Created by Uppsala University in Sweden, AIMday is an exchange of knowledge and ideas focused on finding novel approaches to real-world challenges, and has been successfully adapted by universities around the world.

Many local companies participated in the event including SymPhysis Medical, FeelTect, Croí and Boston Scientific, and they were joined by digital health companies from across ENLIGHT regions.

President of University of Galway Professor Ciaran Ó hÓgartaigh said that the University’s mission is to be ‘for the public good’.

“At the edge but in the middle of everything, the openness and shared respect of the European ideal is central to us,” he said.

“Through working together, we are always seeking new ways to build connections and make an impact in our society and the ENLIGHT AIMday is part of that.”

Professor Becky Whay, Vice President International at University of Galway, said the ENLIGHT alliance exemplifies the University’s commitment to openness and diversity.

“Our partnership in a European University Network puts us at the forefront of designing models for cross European collaboration, in education, research and our external stakeholders in Galway and throughout Europe.”

ENLIGHT is a partnership of nine universities, supported by the Government and the European Commission, to build a platform for the creation of a new type of European university campus where students and staff have increased opportunities for international study, training, teaching, research and sharing of services.

The ENLIGHT University Alliance includes University of Galway; Comenius University, Bratislava (Slovakia); University of Groningen (Netherlands); University of Bordeaux (France); Gent University (Belgium); University of Tartu (Estonia); University of Gottingen (Germany); University of the Basque Country (Spain); and Uppsala University (Sweden).