Royal Visit: The Prince of Wales meets Fiona-Edwards Murphy of ApisProtect
University College Cork’s brightest entrepreneurial talent was in royal company on Thursday June 14, as students and alumni assembled to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to campus.
Greeted by UCC President Patrick O’Shea and his wife, Dr Miriam Smyth, HRH was introduced to some of the university’s most dynamic innovators.
Among them was Electrical and Electronic Engineering alumna Fiona Edwards-Murphy, co-founder and CEO of ApisProtect, a company which uses innovative sensor technology to monitor beehives, preventing losses and increasing productivity for beekeepers. Along with her colleague Pádraig Whelan, Fiona showcased her company’s unique technology in action, in a beehive at the centre of the iconic Quad.
She told the Prince she hopes to make a significant impact on the multi-billion-euro industry, which is under threat from climate change and disease.
“We’re rolling out 200 hives at key beekeeping locations in countries including the US, South Africa and the UK, with plans to target New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Canada and Germany over the next few years," she said.
In 2013, Fiona began her doctoral research into the application of sensors and networking in honey bee hives, and in 2016 she was the only Irish recipient of a 2016 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Fiona completed IGNITE in 2017.