Investing €8.2bn in appliance of science myth

Ireland“Pleas for continued State funding for university-driven scientific research are just the voice of yet more vested interests. In recent months, The Irish Times has published a number of articles defending the €8.2 billion science budget in the current National Development Plan, but it’s striking that the practitioners of the hard sciences present few hard facts in its defence. Dreams of finding a new Nokia are fine but critics question the over-reliance of a small country like Ireland, on university-driven basic research. At policy level there is also a preference for bold aspirations over substance, and at the McGill Summer School last month, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan praised America’s Stanford University as an example that Ireland should emulate …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Irish Times, 20 August]

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