Education failures – Skill to solve problems is sadly lacking

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2013 by steve

“Two official reports published yesterday point to disturbing failures of our education system. The first by Forfás, the Government’s advisory body on trade, science, technology, and innovation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 5 November]

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Change needed at 3rd level to meet ICT jobs demand

Posted in Teaching on November 4th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland must improve the quality and quantity of its third level computing and engineering graduates according to a new report by Forfás …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 November]

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Forfas Report 2012: A Handy Guide to ‘Egg-Face’ Collision

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland has been described as a ‘Knowledge Economy’, a science and R&D intensive economy, and island of Scholars (yes, while ago we also allegedly had saints). We have enough science development policy ‘platforms’ to fill TCD’s Long Room …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 26 July]


What now for scientific funding in Ireland?

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“The future of scientific funding was a key talking point at Science Foundation Ireland’s summit in Athlone. Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. And last week when Science Foundation Ireland rolled out its new strategy, Agenda 2020, it re-ignited discussion about the future of scientific research in Ireland …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 19 November]

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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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National Research Forum

Posted in Research on September 12th, 2011 by steve

“Hi all! Welcome back to my Blog after the summer break! Last Tuesday I attended the National Research Prioritisation Stakeholder Forum organised by Forfas – Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation …” (more)

[A President’s Blog by PJ Rudden, 12 September]

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Funding for scientific research holding – Forfás

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2011 by steve

“State funding for scientific research has held up well in spite of the recession, the head of Forfás has said. Forfás, the policy advisory board for enterprise and science, has released the latest figures for State sector research funding, with detailed returns for 2009 and estimated figures for 2010 …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Smart, smarter, smartest

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2010 by steve

“Another day, another committee. Forfas has established a high-level group to identify research priorities for Ireland. The group’s composition suggests that its recommendations will be demand-driven. Research is no good, however, unless it is top class. Ireland should research those things at which it can beat the world – and import all other knowledge …” (more)

[Richard Tol, Irish Economy, 30 September]

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Tyndall CEO welcomes Forfás report on Nanotechnology

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Professor Roger Whatmore, CEO of Tyndall National Institute, UCC today welcomed the Forfás report on Ireland’s Nanotechnology Commercialisation Framework 2010-2014 …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 31 August]

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