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]


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)

[, 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]

Encouraging high-tech development in a recession

Posted in research with tags , on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“Ireland has an inventive history. As the Government makes some tough economic decisions, it needs to nurture this creativity and turn it into patentable, high-tech exports …” (more)

[James Dyson, Irish Times, 31 December]

Innovation: Ireland’s ‘smart economy’ strategy, universities and free-lunch entrepreneurship

Posted in research with tags , on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“… In a thought-provoking book, Innovation, Profit and the Common Good in Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), John Harpur, a lecturer in the Computer Science Department, National University of Ireland Maynooth, explores the current commercialization and innovation policies in higher education; the role of universities in guaranteeing economic prosperity; conflicts of interest and the questionable evidence in support of current policies …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 30 December]

Why we need to stick to our guns on the innovation economy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“In his look back on the week, Silicon Republic editor John Kennedy notes it is Innovation Week in Dublin and how this should be a reminder to policy makers how we need to steady our resolve on science investments …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 15 November]

Innovation Ireland: O’Keeffe urges latest research policy advisory group to focus on new ‘high-quality jobs’

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today told the new group drawing up an action plan for public investment in research to focus on the creation of new high-quality jobs and to set aside sectoral interests …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 10 November]

Innovation and the Academic Paradox

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“… Innovation is a buzzword in academia, and a growing number of universities, including University of Southern California, are recognizing the merit of entrepreneurship and divergent thinking. But committing to innovation – even though we study it frequently – is tough. The structures of universities, for instance, present formidable challenges …” (more)

[Randy Clemens, 21st Century Scholar, 9 November]

The innovation game

Posted in research with tags , on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“Innovation within the European Union is wanting for reasons cultural, historical and technical. It can best be strengthened by breaking down barriers and building a united research area …” (more)

[Nature, 28 October]

Flagship Challenges – Ireland’s Chance to be seen to be Smart

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 October 2010 by Steve

“I gave a keynote at the Intel Research and Innovation Conference at Leixlip this morning. There are about 350 people, approximately 100 from overseas, attending this 3 day conference. I used the opportunity to explain some of the background thinking to the Flagship Challenges and Projects of the Innovation Taskforce, and how this plays to the ‘smart economy’ …” (more)

[Chrisjhorn’s Blog, 12 October]

Govt appoints dream team to draw up plan for ‘smart jobs’

Posted in research with tags , on 27 September 2010 by Steve

“Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keefe TD has appointed a group of industrialists, academics and civil servants led by Intel’s Jim O’Hara to draw up a report to spearhead a push for target areas that will create ‘smart jobs’ for the country …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 27 September]

O’Keeffe announces another ‘top-level’ group to advise on retooling shambolic Irish innovation research strategy

Posted in research with tags , on 27 September 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe today announced another ‘top-level’ group to draw up a plan for innovation research priorities. It’s a clear recognition that the shambolic Irish research strategy is floundering and is badly in need of retooling …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 27 September]

Reaching the Last Technology Holdouts at the Front of the Classroom

Posted in teaching with tags , on 31 July 2010 by Steve

“… ‘If you were going to see a doctor and the doctor said, “I’ve been really busy since I got out of medical school, and so I’m going to treat you with the techniques I learned back then”, you’d be rightly incensed,” he told me recently. ‘Yet there are a lot of faculty who say with a straight face, “I don’t need to change my teaching”, as if nothing has been learned about teaching since …'” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 July]

What Tech Transfer Offices Miss

Posted in research with tags , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“… But as Fini, Lacetera and Shane’s analysis of 11,572 professors show, a large swath of academic entrepreneurship occurs outside the university intellectual property system. Specifically, about two-thirds of businesses started by academics are not based on disclosed and patented inventions …” (more)

[Inside View, 15 July]

Clune is new Fine Gael front bench spokesperson for Innovation and Research

Posted in research with tags , , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“… One of my main ambitions is to ensure the government implements recommendations in the Innovation Taskforce Report. The report highlighted that in 2008, a total of €2.6b was spent on Research and Development, an equivalent of 1.66% of GNP. In the same year, business expenditure on Research and Development rose to €1.68b …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 2 July]

Taoiseach meets with Harvard president to discuss innovation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“The Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD met with the president of Harvard University yesterday as she visited Ireland. Dr Drew Faust is an eminent historian and the first female Harvard president. The main focus of discussion at the meeting between the Taoiseach and Dr Faust was the central role of higher education and research in driving economic growth and innovation …” (more)

[Jennifer Yau, Silicon Republic, 1 July]