UCD Discovery supports emerging interdisciplinary research in UCD and helps to build and strengthen interdiscplinary networks and research themes across all disciplines in the University.  All of our programmes are interdisciplinary and open to all UCD faculty.  

Discovery Research Programmes & Series


Debating Ageing- Transdisciplinary Engagement Forum

The Conway Institute, UCD Discovery, The Geary Institute, The HRB Ignite Connect Programme, The Centre for the History of Medicine and the Humanities Institute are delighted to launch Debating Ageing, a transdisciplinary engagement forum. Ageing is an irreversible physiological process that happens in diverse social, cultural and economic settings. How well we age is determined by a myriad of factors, ranging from biology, access to healthcare, financial resources, education and lifestyle to other cultural factors that include how a society perceives and evaluates old age.

Our public engagement series aims to examine ageing as a complex phenomenon that requires a transdisciplinary frame of analysis. We propose to adopt a constructive approach that analyses the biological, medical, psychological, social and cultural factors that can facilitate positive experiences of old age. Lectures and workshops will involve academics from the following fields: health science, social science, humanities (art history, literary disciplines, film studies, musicology, theology, history), medical humanities, psychology, and education. 

Intergenerational Jigsaw Club

As part of our Ageing Programme, the Institute runs and weekly Intergenerational Jigsaw club. The club helps to seed interdisciplinary community in non-traditional ways across the University by having an open invite to local community and university staff and students.


Plotting the Future: Towards Sustainability. Environment. Society. Economy.

Led by the UCD Humanities Institute, UCD Earth Institute, the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy and UCD Discovery, the Plotting the Future: Towards Sustainability series will launch in January 2019. Building on the success of the 2017/18 Plotting the Future series which addressed the social, cultural and economic impact of Artificial Intelligence and robotics, Plotting the Future: Towards Sustainability explores the question of whether and how life in the Anthropocene can be made sustainable.  

SDG Sustainable Development Goals Seminar Series

Upcoming Event: Discovery Seminar "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development" on December 10th 2019. Details on the full series of seminars are available


In collaboration with UCD Research, the UCD Institute for Food and Health, Prof Thilo Kroll, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, the School of Politics and International Relations, UCD Institute for Discovery hosted a kick of workshop for the Food for Thought: Perspectives on Food in Science, History and Society Programme, on 7 December 2018.

The programme aims to bring together food researchers from the Institute of Food and Health, Geary Institute, and Conway Institute with other researchers across all schools including non food-based disciplines. Researchers working on any aspect of food are welcome: whether agriculture, economics, sustainability, biotechnology, environment, food science, manufacturing and engineering, historical, cultural, social and political aspects, food policy, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and any others.

For more information on any of our programmes contact us on discovery[at] or keep an eye on our News and Upcoming Events