Ambassador Byrne Nason visited Grenoble from 29-30 March. The visit represented an opportunity to engage with the metropole, which is one of the most innovative in France, particularly in sectors such as clean tech, med tech and nano-/micro-technologies.
Over the course of the visit, the ambassador met representatives from eight companies, as well as elected representatives from the metropole of Grenoble, the university community, and clusters in sectors such as medical technologies and clean energy. The ambassador also attended a networking event, which provided an opportunity to deliver remarks on the performance of the Irish economy, the importance of the Franco-Irish economic relationship, and the challenges posed by Brexit.
The visit also provided an opportunity to engage with Irish actors in the local economy. A lunch event at MINATEC (the micro and nanotechnology campus in Grenoble) enabled exploration of deepening already existing engagement with partners in Ireland.
(Ambassador Byrne Nason, pictured with Claus Habfast, left, vice president of the Metropole of Grenoble, with responsibility for European affairs, research and higher education, and Patrick Lévy, president of the Academic Council, Université Grenoble-Alpes)