France and Ireland are innovating together! [fr]
"Obtaining the ITN is a way to bringing the links established within the compass of the Ulysses scheme to fruition." Pascal Piveteau
The network carried out by Dr Pascal Piveteau, , teacher-researcher at the University of Bourgogne, which is associated with the INRA Dijon agro-ecology laboratory (UMRI347 INRA, Université de Bourgogne, AgroSup Dijon) and Dr. Cormac Grahan, researcher in microbiology at University College Cork (UCC), just obtained an Innovative Training Network (ITN), for their research work on Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic food borne bacteria that can be found in agricultural environment as well as in food production sites. The works of the researchers focuse on the bacteria’s ability to respond to unfavourable environmental conditions, an ability which allows it to survive in very different environments.
The two researchers were laureates of the Ulysses scheme, a funding from the Embassy of France in Ireland and the Irish Research Council (PHC Ulysses) to finance their research project.
Submitted to the H2020 European programme for Research, the project obtained a financial pledge on behalf of the European Union within the Innovative Training Network (ITN) framework. Nine partners took part in the network they built in order to obtain the ITN. Amongst those are 3 French institutions on the one hand (the University of Bourgogne, which coordinates the network, the INRA and the firm Biofilms Control) and two Irish institutions on the other hand: UCC and NUIG. The remaining partners include two Danish universities, one Dutch university and one German firm.
With 121 approved projects out of 1153 applications, this partnership demonstrates the excellence of Franco-Irish scientific cooperation. We therefore wish every success to the Drs Piveteau and Gahan in their future research!