MEP to see groundbreaking science at Roslin Institute

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 Roslin Research Institute in Midlothian. (Thursday 6th October)

The four day tour will show MEPs from across Europe the positive developments taking place in research and development in Scotland, with the first part of the tour taking in the groundbreaking centre at Roslin where the technology behind Dolly the Sheep was developed.

MEPs will also attend the 6th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Hub.

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.

"Roslin has demonstrated time and again that the quality of their work is first class and is recognised around the world. It is an ideal place for MEPs to see what Scotland has to offer."

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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