Smart Economy – Education

Ireland“It’s a pretty big ask, to raise an Innovation Island from the ashes of economic ruin. But that’s one of the aims of the Government’s proposed ‘smart economy’, which plans to turn scientific research into innovative gold. So what’s it like to be at the heart of such alchemy? A pulse-check of early-career scientists in Ireland reveals that, while the individuals genuinely love their jobs and welcome the improved quality of research facilities, the backbone of academic research in this country is being severely bent. From the lack of a secure career path through academia to difficulties securing funding, the folk shovelling the coal into the smart economy’s furnace can find themselves facing uncertain futures in research …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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