MEP to visit Dundee science sites with EU colleagues

27 September 2005
MEP Alyn Smith will join fellow MEPs from the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee on a tour of Scotland's leading science and renewable energy sites, including a visit to the labs at Dundee University and the Scottish Crop Research Institute (Thursday 6 October).

The four day tour will show MEPs from across Europe the positive developments taking place in research and development in Scotland, with the visit to Dundee being a key part of the tour.

MEPs will also visit St Andrews University and Roslin Research Institute to hear about work taking place there.

Speaking before the tour began Mr Smith said

"It is always a fulfilling experience to bring MEPs from other countries to Scotland to show them the high quality work that is taking place here.

"The Committee's visit will hopefully show my European colleagues the cutting edge technology we are developing and the potential contribution Scotland can make to European research and development.

"Dundee University is world leading in it's research and has demonstrated time and again that the quality of work there is first class.

"As the European Commission is discussing establishing a European Institute of Technology I think this is the perfect time for Dundee University and Scotland to be showing MEPs what we can offer to the rest of Europe."

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Full Agenda below

Wednesday 5 October

Evening
19h30:
Visit and dinner in the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Thursday 6 October

Morning
Roslin Research Institute Afternoon Debate at Dundee University and tour around laboratories Visit to Scottish Crop Research Institute

Evening
Presentation and dinner with representatives of the University of St. Andrews

Friday 7 October

Morning:
- Visit to wave power facility (Limpet)

Afternoon:
- Visit and lunch at Bowmore Distillery
- Visit to whisky distilleries

Saturday 8 October

Morning
09h00: Participation in the 6th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the HUB.

Midday: Departure of the delegation