It is easy to spot the potential for a greater application of evidence-based policy-making

Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it com(...)

Oliver Scharbrodt: “Muslim immigration to Ireland since the 1950s has been a completely different story. The majority of Muslim immigrants came as students from privileged backgrounds”.

The rise of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and its impact on European societies, shows how interconnected our world is today. We cannot afford to be(...)

Dr Charlotte Blease: would truthfulness about therapy make it less effective?

As the stigma surrounding mental health is lifted, more people are turning to psychotherapy to help with such problems as stress, anxiety and depressi(...)

Prof Orla Feely , Vice-President for Research , Innovation and Impact at UCD. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Research Council is facing considerable change given the departure at the end of this month of its chairwoman, Prof Orla Feely. Much greater(...)

Eoin Carley at the Paris Observatory

Postgraduate qualifications in a word: research. Postgrads are all about specialist thinking, of looking at the world in new ways, and figuring out(...)

The advice is clear: study languages, go for an IT course, get a job in construction, think about science and engineering. This, students are told, is(...)

Spending for scientific research has remained largely static for 2015. Photograph: Getty

Spending for scientific research has remained largely static for 2015 despite ambitious job creation targets associated with Science Foundation Irelan(...)

The release of Leaving results two weeks ago showed increased numbers of students sitting physics, biology, chemistry and higher maths

The message is getting through to students and their parents – it is a good idea to consider studying physics, biology, chemistry and higher maths (...)

The dangerous Aspergillus fumigatus is one of the most common disease-causing agents affecting immunocompromised patients but is also a problem in food safety. I

Researchers at NUI Maynooth have found the “off” switch for a powerful toxin produced by a fungus that is a life threatener for cancer and organ trans(...)

Dr Emmanuelle Graciet, who is trying to counter plant diseases.   Photograph: Emma Moseley

Each year, millions of euro of taxpayers’ money flows into scientific research. Announcements are made and pictures are taken. But what happens wit(...)