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The National Standards Authority of Ireland’s National Metrology Laboratory has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dublin City University that will see scientists from both institutions working collaboratively to develop new and exciting research capabilities. 

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding represents an important milestone in the ongoing relationship between these two institutions, which has existed for over 20 years. It is hoped this MoU will formulise, strengthen and widen the scope of this relationship ensuring the continued collaboration on research projects, student placements and courses. 

CEO of NSAI Maurice Buckley and Professor Greg Hughes, Interim Vice-President for Research and Innovation at DCU signed the MoU this morning at NSAI Headquarters in Santry, Dublin.

Speaking at the event, Head of the NSAI’s National Metrology Laboratory Paul Hetherington, said this MoU will enable both institutions to combine their considerable expertise and world-class facilities to focus on key scientific research areas.

“The National Metrology Laboratory has been assisting third level institutions in research for over 20 years, providing funding, expertise and world-class facilities. This is an exciting opportunity for us to formalise and strengthen the fruitful relationship that we have with Dublin City University,” said Mr. Hetherington. “On average we are involved with four or five research programmes at any one time. For example, one DCU student is currently undertaking research on development of a measurement standard in the area of electrolytic conductivity. This research will no doubt be extremely beneficial to the Biopharma and ICT industries,” he added. 

National Metrology Laboratory and Dublin City University both share a vision for undertaking excellent research, translating outcomes to create world class innovation and developing the next generation of science and technology for the benefit of society and the Irish economy.

“DCU is delighted to be able to deepen and strengthen our longstanding relationship with the National Metrology Laboratory through the signing of this MoU. The linkages between DCU and the National Metrology Laboratory are centred on the desire to develop academic excellence in key areas and to translate such knowledge into concrete wider enterprise and societal benefits, which are central pillars of DCU's innovative research strategy,” said Professor Greg Hughes, Interim Vice-President for Research and Innovation at DCU.

“We look forward to working more closely with colleagues in the National Metrology Laboratory on research topics of mutual interest, and to also further developing our existing engagement with them in the area of postgraduate education through research,” he added.