Brainstorm showcases what academics and researchers are doing behind their college walls.

One of the most surprising things about the last nine months has been the lack of tweed. I’ve met hundreds of academics and researchers since I starte(...)

Dr Junsi Wang (second from left) receiving the Royal Irish Academy Young Chemist Prize for 2017 with (from left) Dr Matthew Holloway of Henkel Global (award sponsors), Prof Pat Guiry, science secretary at RIA, Prof Peter Kennedy, RIA president, and Prof Sylvia Draper of TCD. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

How did you become interested in chemistry? It is an interesting story. Chemistry was not my first choice after leaving school. I chose chemical engin(...)

Site of the former Magdalen Laundry on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What do we do with Ireland’s institutional history? After the reports are issued, and the apologies made, how should Irish society and culture incorpo(...)

First images of the spectacular deep-waters corals found on the “Theresa” carbonate mound in the Porcupine Seabight, southwest of Ireland. Images: Southampton Oceanographic Centre

Ireland’s deep-water coral reefs may be changing far more rapidly than previously thought, according to new research by University College Cork (UCC) (...)

 Pictured at the Irish Research Council announcement were: (l to r) Prof Ursula Kilkelly, member of the council; Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills; Laureate awardee, Dr Dawn Walsh, University College Dublin and Laureate awardee and  Dr Larisa Florea, Dublin City University.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The Government has moved to substantially increase “frontier research” by allocating €30 million to third level institutions in 36 projects approved b(...)

Mick Torrans: ‘While my course in Maynooth was full-time, it was only two days every two weeks, meaning I could work at the same time’

The postgraduate experience is very different from the early college years. Fourth-level students tend to be much less involved in college life - espe(...)

Scientific research is expensive and the Government is the biggest funder of Irish science. A major problem can arise, however, when government contro(...)

An additional qualification might help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate market. Photograph: iStockphoto

Postgraduates were once considered the preserve of a distant élite. Today, the numbers opting for fourth-level are rising steadily, and a postgraduate(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin burning during a Civil War battle on June 30th, 1922. The Public Records Office, and with it a huge swathe of Irish cultural memory, was destroyed. File photograph: National Library of Ireland

On the afternoon of June 30th, 1922, a massive explosion destroyed the Public Records Office attached to Dublin’s Four Courts and with it hundreds of (...)

A scientist takes samples on the coast  near  a rusty old pipeline
R&D funding of €26m announced

Another step towards Innovation 2020 has been taken with the publication of the second Progress Report recently and the announcement of an additional (...)

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