The ECIU University Research Institute for Smart European Regions (SMART-ER) has started at the beginning of last year, and is halfway through implementation. When the participants get together in December, the glass will be raised. ‘Then we are a milestone further and quite a long way towards reaching some results.’
Text: Peter Koehorst
Photo: Dublin City University
Pádraig Murphy of the Dublin City University is closely involved with SMART-ER, which is a strong alliance focused on research, innovation and education. It enables all member institutions to jointly address complex societal challenges under the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11). ‘We have also identified several distinct themes that require attention: Energy and Sustainability, Circular Economy, Transport and Mobility, Resilient Communities, and Citizen Science,' says Murphy.
He joined SMART-ER right after its founding when the first concepts and designs were ready. He leads a research group together with colleague Emma McGrath. The Irishman does that with full commitment. ‘SMART-ER will become very important in the future. It has received funding from Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. We are making excellent progress with a positive mid-term review.’