#LoveIrishResearch – an initiative of the Irish Research Council – is running throughout 2016 with the aim of increasing public awareness of the important research conducted in higher education institutions throughout the country.
The campaign aims to highlight and celebrate the amazing work conducted by Irish researchers across multiple fields. A key focus is on the fact that research conducted in Ireland has enhanced our understanding of our culture and society and led to the development of new ideas that impact on all our lives in a wide variety of ways. This however isn’t often celebrated or publicly acknowledged.
Different themes are celebrated each month as part of #LoveIrishResearch, with the month of July focusing on the Arts and Research – ‘The Art of Research’.
Commenting on the #LoveIrishResearch campaign, Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council, said: “There is a wealth of research underway in Ireland on a vast amount of topics – from conserving ladybirds to investigating Irish traditional singing. In the Arts, research is being conducted across a range of performance arts and art practice.”
“Furthermore in Ireland, we punch significantly above our weight when it comes to research. Ten Irish researchers rank among the top one percent of researchers currently working on the world stage, and Ireland is in ninth place on the most recent Thomson Reuters InCites global scientific rankings.
“Overall, we rank in the top five in a number of areas, including nanoscience, nanotechnology, immunology, computer sciences, and neurosciences and behaviour.
But often not recognised is the fact that in the arts and humanities, QS Rankings places Irish universities amongst the top 100 universities, which makes them amongst the top 0.5 per cent of universities for those areas worldwide.”
“These are major achievements for a country of this size, and researchers throughout Ireland have contributed to this success.”
As part of the initiative, the Irish Research Council has announced a nationwide campaign profiling though social media, blog posts and media relations research, and researchers past and present, from every county in Ireland. Other activities will be comprised of regional and institutional showcase events; competitions and awards; engagement with international events being hosted in Ireland; a specific Decade of Centenaries programme; and a series of publications.