Failure to join CERN means State ‘losing out’ on research contracts

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is losing out on major research contracts by not being a member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has claimed. CERN is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. It operates particle accelerators including the famous Large Hadron Collider …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Ireland could join CERN by 2018 – Gianotti

Posted in Research on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Director General of the European particle physics centre, CERN, has said Ireland could become an associate member of the organisation by around 2018. Dr Fabiola Gianotti was speaking following a meeting in Dublin with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation around progressing options for Ireland’s membership of the body …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 27 October]


Greater participation in science projects is crucial

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The scientific world is all aflutter with the announcement last week of the discovery of something called a ‘gravitational wave’. There are lots of reasons why this is huge for those who want to know more about the Big Bang and what happened after …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 15 February]

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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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US and European Scientists Sign Cooperation Pact

Posted in Research on May 8th, 2015 by steve

International“Laying the groundwork for what they said would be a new era of scientific cooperation, leaders of European and American particle physics initiatives signed an agreement at a White House ceremony on Thursday to share the spoils of their research in the coming decades …” (more)

[Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 7 May]

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International research: if you’re not in you can’t win

Posted in Research on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The International Research Organisation review panel is considering if Ireland should stump up cash to join research bodies. Most times a deal too good to be true really is and can be dismissed. But every now and then a good deal genuinely is a good deal and should be grabbed with both hand …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Ireland must join CERN – for our economy and our future

Posted in Research on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Now that CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has started up again to try unlock more mysteries of the universe it is past the time that Ireland joined the scientific community. Excluding Luxembourg, we are the only western EU country not to be in CERN …” (more)

[Colm Quinn,, 10 April]

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Opinion: Ireland should be at forefront of modern science – Ireland should join CERN

Posted in Research on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Turn on your television, or your radio, and tune it to an empty station where you can’t receive any signal. See all those black and white dots scattering around the screen, or hear that faint hiss in the background? …” (more)

[, 23 July]


Professor says Ireland closer to joining CERN

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The boss of the European particle physics laboratory has said he is seeing positive signals about the possibility of Ireland joining CERN research centre. Speaking to RTÉ News at the Euroscience Open Forum in Copenhagen, Rolf Dieter Heuer said a recent visit by Minister of State for Research, Sean Sherlock, to CERN had been very successful …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 June]

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Case for Irish Membership of CERN

Posted in Research on June 13th, 2014 by steve

“CERN is the pre-eminent scientific laboratory in the world. Membership would underline Ireland’s commitment to science and deliver significant benefits to the nation …” (more, download)

[Institute of Physics in Ireland, 12 June]

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Open meeting re Irish membership of CERN

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“The Institute of Physics in Ireland would like to invite members of the physics community to a meeting in the Royal Irish Academy to discuss a response to the recent announcement by Minister Sean Sherlock of a review of Ireland’s international engagement on research and innovation, with particular attention to the costs and benefits of joining CERN …” (more)

[Institute of Physics in Ireland, 28 February]

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Jobs Committee to consider R&D landscape in Ireland with Minister Sherlock

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The research and development landscape in Ireland will be on the agenda of the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation tomorrow, Tuesday 4th February when it meets with Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 3 February]

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Sherlock to consider merits of CERN membership

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today (Thursday) announced that he will consider the merits of Ireland joining CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in the context of an overall review of Ireland’s membership of international research organisations …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 31 January]

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Ireland ‘risks lagging behind’ by not having CERN membership

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“An Irish MEP is hoping to meet with Government about Ireland becoming a member of CERN. Sean Kelly MEP said that the move could make Ireland a global hub for young scientists and leading innovators …” (more)

[, 20 January]

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Local student calls for Ireland to take up CERN membership

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A Cavan woman is among a core group of students and academics set to lobby the Irish government over its lack of membership with the European particle physics centre at CERN …” (more)

[Seamus Enright, Anglo Celt, 31 December]

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Giant experiments closed to Irish science

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2013 by steve

“Perhaps it is time to rethink Ireland’s participation in international scientific organisations. There was a lot of quiet satisfaction in the world of physics this month with the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to theoretical physicists Peter Higgs and François Englert …” (more)

[Cormac O Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 31 October]

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CERN membership off Ireland’s agenda

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“It is clear that CERN membership is well and truly off the Government agenda following an interview with Minister Séan Sherlock …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 18 February]

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Accelerating Science

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2012 by steve

Accelerating Science is CERN’s flagship travelling exhibition. For those curious about the origins of our universe, the nature of the particles we are all made from, and the power of fundamental science. Experience the ‘Big Bang’, investigate the building blocks of life, grapple with the mysteries of the universe, explore the world’s largest scientific experiment, and discover how fundamental science has changed the world as we know it. This Exhibition is most suitable for secondary school and university level students but there will be something interesting for all ages …” (more)

[Pam O’Brien, Random thoughts of a Maths lecturer, 31 October]


Big Bang strategy would make science ‘more fun’

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2012 by steve

“… Dr Rolf Landua, head of education and public outreach at the nuclear research centre CERN, on the French-Swiss border, said science needed to become a ‘more fun subject’ in schools in order to get teenagers interested …” (more)

[John Fallon, Irish Times, 17 September]

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