Investment in science is already bearing fruit

Ireland“It may not have had the phones hopping on Liveline, but comments in the recent report from An Bord Snip Nua about funding basic research surely set the test tubes rattling. In the section on science, technology and innovation (STI), the report recommended that ‘any further STI investment must yield clear economic returns. The evidence adduced to date for the impact of State STI investment on actual economic activity has not been compelling.’ But does taxpayer-funded scientific research in Ireland really deserve to be cast in such a drab light? …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 7 August]

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