Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones will travel to Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, U.K. November 13-16, 2013.
In Dublin, Dr. Jones will give a keynote address entitled, “Making a Difference: Science, Sustainability, and International Partnerships” at the University College Dublin’s Earth Gathering conference on November 14. Earth Gathering is a three-day event to bring together experts to discuss the relationships between energy, the environment, climate change, and hazards. Dr. Jones will also meet with the Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny and other government officials to discuss U.S.-Ireland cooperation in science and technology, and will meet with the newly appointed Irish co-chair of the U.S.-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Steering Group. Dr. Jones serves as the U.S. co-chair of the Steering Group, which aims to accelerate economic development and leading edge research by encouraging U.S., Irish, and Northern Ireland scientists and institutions to collaborate and make better use of collective resources to spur innovation. She will visit two Partnership projects at University College Dublin and Trinity College. All Research and Development Partnership projects have partners from the United States, Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Dr. Jones will also visit Belfast on November 15, and will meet with government officials to discuss economic development through science and technology cooperation. She will visit a Research and Development Partnership project at Queens University.