“The importance of access to technology from a young age can’t be underestimated,” said Dermot O’Connell, General Manager, Dell Ireland. “The Science Gallery will instil a wonder and curiosity for science and technology in young people which we hope will drive them towards a career in the sciences, technology and engineering. This is one of the key reasons we are delighted to be involved with this innovative facility.”
“As Ireland moves up the value chain and to maintain our competitiveness, we need to ensure that we have a pipeline of graduates qualified to work in high end R&D jobs,” he continued. “If we cannot maintain a steady stream of graduates then, as a country, we will lose out on the increasingly sophisticated R&D jobs that are becoming a feature of the technology industry in Ireland.
“Dell is a great example of this transition and we have moved to a point where we operate in Cherrywood the EMEA Enterprise Expert Centre, a multi-lingual group of system consultants, providing high-level customer support for large businesses all over Europe. Cherrywood is also now the Marketing HQ for all Europe. A facility like the Science Gallery helps make technologies that sometimes seem remote, accessible, relevant and tangible. It is through initiatives like this that we hope to encourage young people to consider the sciences as a career option,” he concluded.
The Science Gallery, which officially opens today, will be a vibrant cultural centre ‘where ideas meet’. A venue, aimed at 15-25 year olds, where science and technology are the catalyst that enable people of all interests and backgrounds to share their thinking and explore ideas through installations, workshops and events.
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About Dell Ireland
Dell was established in Ireland in 1990. The company's European manufacturing facility is located in Limerick with an EMEA Business Campus based in Cherrywood, Co Dublin. Dell is Ireland's largest exporter1, largest technology company and the second largest company overall2. Irish employees provide a growing range of advanced EMEA services at the two Dell sites, which include: