Mark Ferguson

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 Science Foundation Ireland director general Prof Mark Ferguson: ‘The SFI research centres have gone from strength to strength.’  Photograph: Eric Luke

In another stellar year for Science Foundation Ireland, the organisation supported 2,894 international academic collaborations involving 75 countries (...)

Swab samples: Chief scientific adviser Mark Ferguson believes the country should test 7 per cent of the population for coronavirus every day, which would allow the entire economy to reopen quickly. Photograph: Dimas Ardian/ Bloomberg

The Government’s chief scientific adviser privately warned a slow easing of coronavirus restrictions would cause “terrible” economic damage, and inste(...)

Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland: “Europe’s challenge is to scale up companies at the same rate as the US does.” Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Unicorn companies, start-ups with a value of more than $1 billion, are about as rare in Europe as living examples of those mythical creatures. The Eur(...)

Dr Mary Canning, President of th Royal Irish Academy. Photograph: Johnny Bambury.

The setting up of an independent network of scientific advisers is needed to advise government “on the formidable scientific challenges facing Ireland(...)

 Prof Mark Ferguson: “There is a huge amount of goodwill out there in the research community, but sometimes they aren’t aware of the problems that need to be solved.” Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has developed a five-point plan which outlines key activities where the research community can make a positive contri(...)

The “global research roadmap” issued by the World Health Organisation outlines the immediate priorities and knowledge gaps in addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Reuters

An urgent, call-out has been issued to Irish scientists to undertake critical research, development and innovation projects to support the national an(...)

Chief executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, at a public briefing on winter flu and coronaviruis, also known as Covid-19. Photograph: Laura Hutton

How can scientists best inform public policymakers at a time when policy decisions are often complex and the science is uncertain? With the spread of (...)

Prof Neville Hogan has been awarded the 2020 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) St Patrick’s Day Science Medal, one of the country’s most prestigious scientific honours.

An Irish pioneer of robotics used in healthcare, Prof Neville Hogan, has been awarded the 2020 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) St Patrick’s Day Scien(...)

Dr Orlaigh Quinn, secretary general at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation: supports could aim to help companies under ‘severe pressure’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A member of the Central Bank’s 1,900 staff is being tested for coronavirus, according to the organisation. However, the bank said that its premises i(...)

In his opening address to Digital Summit Dublin, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said new questions were being raised around the development and applications of AI and machine learning. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

The Digital Summit Dublin, now in its third year, is probably one of the more interesting Irish technology gatherings you’ve never heard of. With high(...)

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