Archive for innovation

Science and Innovation Policy in the ‘Towards Recovery: Programme for a National Government 2011-2016′

Posted in research with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“The major section dealing with science and innovation policy reads as follows (pp 9-10): ‘Innovation and Commercialisation: We will implement innovation and commercialisation policies as outlined below subject to cost benefit analysis …’” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 7 March]

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The next generation needs to be able to innovate by embracing failure and learning from its mistakes

Posted in research with tags on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“Creative problem solving is one of those things that you can learn – but the ability to be practical is critical to any such exercise. If Ireland is to foster innovation and to help the economy, it needs to teach the skills of creative problem solving using design and also to encourage learning by doing …” (more)

[Damini Kumar, Irish Times, 25 February]

Who invented meringue?

Posted in research with tags , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“What the inven­tion of com­plic­ated foods tells us about dis­cov­ery, innov­a­tion, and uni­ver­sity research funding …” (more)

[SimonDobson.org, 17 February]

EU summit called a ‘good start’ for reform in innovation policy – but more needed

Posted in research with tags , on 6 February 2011 by Steve

“A group of innovation leaders called the outcome of a European Council discussion yesterday on innovation policy a good start – but urged continued pressure for reform …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 6 February]

Why can’t Irish education produce a Nobel laureate?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“It’s sad. There is little or no debate about quality in third-level education. It’s all about access and free fees. For example, how many patents do we file? How many world-class scholars do we produce? Any Nobel laureates? (And no, neither Seamus Heaney nor Brian Friel are products of the Irish education system.) …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, YourTech, 23 January]

Research urged as growth priority

Posted in research with tags , on 18 January 2011 by Steve

“Ireland must continue to support research and innovation as key priorities for maintaining employment and growth. More co-operation between industry and the country’s universities is also needed, according to an end-of-year statement from the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 January]

Government-appointed Irish Advisory Council for Science endorses ‘smart economy’ policy despite evidence of failure

Posted in research with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“The Irish Government’s Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, mainly comprising university insiders, recipients of public funding and a State agency head, has unsurprisingly endorsed the Government’s ‘smart economy’ strategy despite the evidence of failure …” (more)

[Finfacts Ireland, 17 January]