Wanted: more qualified PhD students for life sciences

Posted in Teaching on July 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Highly qualified graduates, and plenty of them, are central to sustaining Ireland’s life sciences success. But how to get them? ‘There is an ever-increasing need for ever better graduates’, says Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

[Sandra O’Connell, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Multi-million euro award boosts universities’ cancer research

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New medical treatments for cancer, cardiovascular disease and rare conditions could flow from a multi-million euro research award jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and pharma giant Pfizer …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Science Foundation Ireland to invest €28m in research equipment and facilities

Posted in Research on January 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Jobs has announced a new €28m investment through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in research equipment and facilities that will benefit some 21 projects …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 12 January]

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Science agency unveils plan to open large research centres

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland expects to open three to five large research centres. The foundation also plans a new research programme to encourage more blue skies and close to market research and will continue to address gender imbalance in Ireland’s labs …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 15 December]

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Science strategy promises more funding

Posted in Research on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s new science strategy will help bring full employment and a sustainable economy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. ‘Innovation 2020 is a fundamental part of our plan to keep the recovery going’, he said …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Government plans for €5bn spend on scientific research

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government will today reveal a €5 billion spending programme which will see the numbers involved in scientific research and development (R&D) activities rise from 25,000 to 40,000 over the next five years …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Scientific talent in Ireland needs to be backed by investment

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s got talent in scientific research, but we need to keep investing it to attract even more. That’s according to Dr Jim Sullivan of global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, which is embarking on two new collaborations with Irish research groups …” (more)

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


New €26m geoscience research centre at UCD

Posted in Research on December 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“100 research positions will be created. A new €26 million world class geoscience research centre has been opened at University College Dublin. 100 highly skilled research positions will be supported by the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), which will focus on discovering and safely sourcing materials, water and energy …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 December]

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Irish Universities work together to launch €46m software research facility Lero at the University of Limerick

Posted in Research on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A €46.4m software research facility launched at the University of Limerick yesterday will help more than 1,000 Irish companies develop and expand their products. Called Lero, it involves unique partnership between all the country’s universities …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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Mark Ferguson: defending the cause of science

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The role of Ireland’s Chief Scientific Advisor is half-way between that of an ambassador and a facilitator for science …” (more)

[Sabine Louët, Euroscientist, 11 November]

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SFI is leading Irish science over a cliff

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As science week approaches and the dust settles on the annual Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research summit, it’s timely to ask where Irish science is headed? Sadly, it appears to be over a cliff. That is unless someone, somehow, manages to remove control of our national science policy from the hands of politicians who are interested only in looking good at the next election …” (more)

[Sean Duke, Science Spinning, 4 November]


Climbing the international innovation rankings

Posted in Research on September 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“While Ireland may have had some mixed results in the latest international university rankings the country overall is doing very well indeed when it comes to innovation and research ratings …” (more)

[Bary McCall, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Benefits of R&D projects that link third-level with industry

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and industry are critical to the economy. This matters at a time when the Government is considering its next five-year plan for State-backed science and technology research and development …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Funding science and engineering

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof John Kelly, a former senior member of the UCD faculty of engineering, wrote (August 6th) that the Government should emphasise research in applied science more than basic science …” (more)

[David McConnell, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Science and engineering

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – What a depressingly outdated concept of the balance between science and engineering presented in the letter by Prof John Kelly (August 6th). Throughout the leading academic centres in the US, science and engineering are interwoven, particularly in the pursuit of advances relevant to human health …” (more)

[Letters from Garret FitzGerald and Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Science, research and the economy

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom, in his interview (‘Minister knows importance of research goes beyond economy’, August 4th) with the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, asks if there is too strong an emphasis on applied research in favour of basic research …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Ireland achieves €127 million in EU Research funding

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Skills Research and Innovation, today (28 July 2015) congratulated Ireland’s researchers and companies for their €127 million success in the first year of Horizon 2020, the current EU programme funding research and innovation …” (more)

[SFI, 28 July]

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Kenny opens ‘world class’ maritime facility in Cork

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A state-of-the-art maritime facility which will power the ‘blue economy’ was opened in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork on Saturday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The 4,700m-squared five-storey Beaufort building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and offices provides Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 11 July]

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DCU launches new Future Media and Journalism institute

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“DCU has launched a new initiative called the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) which will see students of the School of Communications learn new skills required in the profession.The institute will work to research the use of innovation in the digital space in journalism and social sciences …” (more)

[The College View, 24 June]

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Building a smarter future – from STEM to economy in full bloom

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Managed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in partnership with Engineers Ireland, the Smart Futures programme is aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers to secondary school students, parents, guidance councillors and teachers …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 18 May]

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