The president of the European Research Council Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

The president of the European Research Council Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was in Dublin last week to address a meeting on the subject: “Excellent re(...)

“We would do well to remember that many successful inventions, which we now take for granted in our daily lives, are the result of research that had no apparent commercial purpose.” Photograph: Getty Images

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council In several countries in Europe, the recent financial crisis has led to cuts in man(...)

European Research Council president Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon says more women are needed in pioneering scientific research. “We need all the talented people we can get,” he said. “We can’t forget half the population of Europe.”  Photograph: European Research Council

Ireland could seriously damage its ability to conduct world class science if it fails to invest in blue-skies research. It would weaken the research b(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi and Prof Jonathan Coleman, whose teams are leading the charge on 2D materials at the Amber research centre at Trinity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The future is flat, and things will never be the same, according to 180 scientists who are attending a conference in Dublin. The latest flat techno(...)

The new president of the European Research Council wants to keep the organisation on the edge. He is not looking for safe and routine – he want(...)

Get yourself connected: a conference at NUI Maynooth this week heard what life might be like in a ‘smart city’. Photograph: Getty Images

Be careful what you say over social media in Chicago. Your casual comments could be scrutinised using “sentiment analysis” and you may attract (...)

Boston: smart city technology is helping city to get more children walking to school and reducing traffic congestion

The application of smart cities technology is helping Boston to get more children walking(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the Royal Irish Academy  where he attended the awarding of gold medals to  Prof Rob Kitchin (left) and Prof  Colin O’Dowd.P hotograph: Aidan Crawley

Research into how to make a city smarter and efforts to understand the impact of climate (...)

Dr Imelda Lambkin: overseeing the effort to secure €1.25 billion from the EU’s new research budget, dubbed Horizon 2020, for Irish researchers. photograph: brenda fitzsimons

Irish researchers are going to secure €1.25 billion from the EU’s new research budget, dubbed Horizon 2020, or Dr Imelda Lambkin will want to know why(...)

Late last year, more than 2,200 people gathered in the Convention Centre in Dublin for the national launch of the Horizon 2020 programme, which will i(...)

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