Name recognition challenge in science arena for NUI Galway

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“No delegate surveyed last week at Europe’s largest science conference, the Euro Science Open Forum, correctly named NUIG or UCC …” (more)

[Galway News, 29 June]

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The joy of science

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2012 by steve

“The great success of the ESOF2012 event (and all credit to the organisers, especially the former Chief Science Adviser, Prof Patrick Cunningham) stimulated a lot of reaction in the local scientific community and pointed criticism of national science funding policy …” (more)

[Luke Drury, Science Calling!, 27 November]

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SFI’s director-general Prof Mark Ferguson talks science and Ireland

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2012 by steve

“To coincide with our countdown of the top science and innovation stories of 2012, we talk to Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) director-general Prof Mark Ferguson, who gives an overview of science funding in Ireland in 2012, as well as the agency’s eight-year plan …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 26 November]

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Questioning Irish science policy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2012 by steve

“Over the past 24 hours science policy has been a hot topic on the Irish airwaves. Covered on both the Six One News and Morning Ireland, questions are being asked as to why Ireland secured just 4 prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grants out of 530 awarded …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 12 September]

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Esof forum was magnet for new ideas

Posted in Research on July 26th, 2012 by steve

“Two weeks ago there was a flurry of activity around the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 in Dublin. The conference brought together leading researchers, young researchers, funders and policy-makers from across the world …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 26 July]

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Scientists and the meaning of life

Posted in Research on July 20th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Joe Humphreys (Opinion, July 17th) writes that ‘simply knowing more than the next man doesn’t give you the higher moral ground’. Knowing less doesn’t either …” (more)

[Breda Delaney, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Schrodinger, genomics, the Higg’s boson and a European science festival in Dublin

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2012 by steve

“Last weekend, I attended the 2012 ESOF science festival in Dublin. The Euroscience Open Forum is a biannual science festival held in a European city every two years; Dublin won the contract for 2012 and built a year-long festival around it …” (more)

[Antimatter, 16 July]

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Science funding doesn’t add up

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2012 by steve

“The government’s determination to squeeze a commercial return from the State’s investment in scientific research may have gone too far. Researchers are warning that the shift in emphasis could threaten the future of Irish science …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Success of Euroscience forum ‘boosts Ireland’s reputation in science’

Posted in Research on July 15th, 2012 by steve

“After five days involving 4000 delegates, 500 speakers, 23 keynote speakers and no less than five Nobel Laureates, Euroscience Open Forum 2012 has drawn to a close …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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€1m to sign up with CERN? That’s worth a Bob or two

Posted in Research on July 14th, 2012 by steve

“The head of the prestigious research laboratory CERN has said Ireland could join for just €1m – and not the €20m claimed by the Government …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 14 July]

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The joy of science

Posted in Research on July 14th, 2012 by steve

“‘The future of any country’, Nobel laureate James Watson told this paper recently, ‘depends on whether it advances through knowledge. Some countries are commodity rich rather than knowledge rich’. Ireland’s commitment to the idea that scientific knowledge is key to its future is very much the rationale for this week’s EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 July]

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Ireland cannot afford to join CERN says science body Forfás

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2012 by steve

“Ireland is not a member of CERN because the country cannot afford to be, according to the head of the Government’s science advisory body, Forfás. Martin Shanahan was responding to comments by Dr Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN, who said Ireland should be a member of the research centre …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 July]

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Ireland should join CERN says director general Dr Rolf-Dieter Heuer

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Director General of CERN has said that Ireland should be a member of the research centre. Speaking at the ESOF 2012 conference in Dublin, Dr Rolf-Dieter Heuer said Ireland had good scientists and should be playing a part in the prestigious work that CERN is involved in …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 July]

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Fall in lecturer numbers detrimental to science research

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today highlighted the value of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) but warned that the fall in lecturer numbers at a time of huge increase in student numbers is having an adverse effect on the scientific and technological research capabilities of Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 13 July]

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Aliens of the deep, synthetic life, arty maths – yes it’s Thursday at ESOF

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2012 by steve

“Well now, today was a bit of a blur and I didn’t have much time to take calories on board, so as Prince says, ‘I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray.’ ESOF was buzzing at the Convention Centre all day with multiple parallel sessions …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, 12 July]

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Education under the microscope at ESOF 2012

Posted in Life on July 13th, 2012 by steve

“The future of education will be discussed at the third day of ESOF 2012, with delegates also hearing about the transition from academia to business …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 July]

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Venter says ‘synthetic life coming’

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2012 by steve

“The world may soon see the first examples of synthetic life, artificial organisms constructed in a laboratory. These will be unique organisms, not close copies of existing cells, said their creator Dr Craig Venter. The controversial geneticist last night delivered a keynote address at Trinity College Dublin, part of the programme taking place in Dublin during the EuroScience Open Forum. Aptly, the title of his talks was ‘What is Life?’ …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Public treats abound as big ideas look a little smaller

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Euroscience Open Forum (Esof) was never just about the scientists. From the beginning the plan was to include the public, encourage children and give the lie to the common belief that science is irrelevant to or too difficult for the ordinary person …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 13 July]

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It’s not rocket science … we need to attract a lot more cash if we’re to be world-class boffins

Posted in Research on July 12th, 2012 by steve

“Irish universities need to do a lot more to attract vital research funding, the head of the European Research Council claimed last night as the world’s top scientists gathered in Dublin for a major conference. Council president Helga Nowotny said we rank near the bottom of 25 European countries receiving €1bn in research funding from the council each year …” (more)

[Allison Bray and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 July]

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Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins opens Euroscience Open Forum in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2012 by steve

“The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has officially opened the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in Dublin this evening. Taking place over the next four days, ESOF is set to be Europe’s largest general science meeting this year …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 11 July]

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