Neutros, one of Ireland’s leading producers of synthetic rubber, is partnering with the Dublin Institute of Urban Research to establish a centre to tackle urban decay in Ireland.
The centre will be located in the city’s historic West End, a key site in the Irish capital’s revitalisation efforts, which has seen the revitalisation of the city hit a rough patch in recent years.
The €15 million is being allocated by the Neutro-Foundation, which was founded in 2004 and has a turnover of more than €400 million, to help local organisations build a strong network of urban research and support.
This will include developing the centre’s network of research and development facilities, as well as providing the funding to support new research, including in the field of urban decay, which will help bring innovative solutions to the Irish urban environment, said Neutrogens director of research Paul McGurk.
He added that the Centre will also bring together local research groups, which could include the Institute of Health, the University of Dublin, and the Dublin University Hospitals.
“Our research will contribute to the development of new products and technologies for local use, and will help in the development and delivery of the NeuTechs programme, which is helping to bring innovation to the Dublin city environment,” he said.
The Neutron Foundation was founded by Irish businessman David Lynch in 1996 to provide research support for innovative products and services for local communities.
The organisation is based in Dublin, with a research centre in North Dublin, as the headquarters.
It is a member of the European Community, and is registered as a registered charity.
“The Neu-Foundations programme is the first of its kind in the world and provides an opportunity for the world’s leading research institutions to come together in order to tackle global urban problems,” Mr McGurke said.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for our local partners and the wider Irish community.”
Neutrogenes research will focus on urban areas that are suffering from the impact of globalisation, and how to address the problem, with the aim of contributing to a positive change in the lives of the people living in these areas.
“In order to achieve this, we will need to provide a robust network of information and support to local communities,” Mr McGurk said.
“The centre is designed to bring together research experts, academics and social entrepreneurs to build on our work to bring innovative and sustainable solutions to local problems.”
Neu-Sterling said that the Neulogene Foundation was a major supporter of its global mission, which included a global commitment to improve global resilience and the future of cities.
The group was established in 2014 to create a hub of research on urban regeneration in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, with an eye to creating innovative solutions for the global cities of the future.
Its flagship project is the Global Urban Urban Renewal Initiative, which seeks to build a global network of cities where people are active, connected, and empowered to make decisions that benefit the environment.
“We will be working with some of the leading experts in this field, including the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University.
We are also working with the Irish Centre for Urban Studies at Trinity College Dublin, who will be bringing in key expertise from around the world, including from the University’s Centre for Sustainable Cities,” said NeuSterlage.