EU INTERREG BREATH Dissemination Event: BREATH and academic-industry engagement (Prof Lorraine Martin)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


The BREATH Dissemination Event was held in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk on 30th March 2022.
BREATH (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) is an €8M EU INTERREG VA-funded cross-border partnership between Dundalk Institute of Technology, Queens University Belfast and the University of the West of Scotland. We established a world-class cluster of scientists and clinicians to address the causes, treatment and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD has an annual EU economic burden of €141.4 billion and is particularly prevalent within the INTERREG VA Eligible Region.
BREATH successfully trained 28 young scientists to PhD level, or beyond, in project specific scientific skills and, through industrial interactions, in transferable and complementary industry-relevant skills. Many of the researchers progressed into high level jobs in industry and academia within the Region and beyond. BREATH had active collaborations with three industrial partners and engaged with another 16 local and international companies over the course of the project. At the end of the project the team had produced over 80 conference presentations and research papers, most of which of cross-border authorship. An extensive public outreach programme consisting of school visits and media events, enabled active engagement over 5,000 pupils across the Region.
Our dissemination event highlighted the success of BREATH across all fronts by presenting the achievements of the 5-year project with presentations from the academic leads, political leaders, industrial partners and trainees.
Period30 Mar 2022
Event titleBREATH Dissemination Event
Event typeOther
LocationDundalk, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational