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Taoiseach hosts first science celebration in Government buildings

Monday, 09 November, 2015 


An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D meets UCD Professor Des Higgins.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D meets UCD Professor Des Higgins.

To mark the 20th annual Science Week, which takes place from the 8 – 15 November, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD attended a showcase of Irish science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at Government Buildings. The event provided an insight into the inspirational and important scientific work being carried out across the country at all levels from primary schools to universities and leading companies such as Pfizer, EMC Ireland, IMB, MSD Ireland and Eli Lilly.

An Taoiseach and Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation, Damien English, TD, met with a variety of people involved with STEM in Ireland including UCD Professor Des Higgins, Ireland’s most cited researcher and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Lecturer in the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics.

Speaking at the event, An Taoiseach said: “Science, technology and innovation have been at the core of our economic recovery. I am delighted, together with Minister English and Science Foundation Ireland, to celebrate the 20th Science Week by seeing first hand some of the astonishing work that is happening across the country and across all of our society from the students and teachers to the leading researchers in our universities and companies.”

Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation, Damien English, TD said: “Future proofing Ireland’s economic recovery means we have to compete on talent not just on tax. Science Week is all about inspiring talented young people to think about a STEM career and inspire them to use their talents to shape a better future for everyone. 

Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation, Damien English, TD and Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Lecturer in the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics

 

About Science Week 2015

Science Week is coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, as part of its education and public engagement programme, SFI Discover.  It is a collaboration of events involving industry, colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout Ireland. 

The theme for national Science Week 2015 is:  ‘Science Week 2.0 Design Your Future’ and will celebrate how science empowers people to ‘Design Your Future’.  Science Week offers a unique opportunity to explore the power of science and see what the future can hold.  Numerous events are being held in every county and regional festivals are taking place in Mayo, Sligo, Galway, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and the midlands in 2015.  Science Week provides an exciting opportunity to showcase the national spread of activities and huge interest in science.