Research at UCD addresses the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future of Ireland and the wider world. We are creating a continuum across science, engineering, humantities, business and the arts through interdisciplinary programmes that are underpinned by fundamental research and scholarship. Our programmes partner with over 250 companies and with voluntary bodies and government, to address national research priorities and to maximise their impact on Ireland’s social and economic development.
The agri-food and agri-business sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. Employing more than 150,000 people, it is critical to Ireland’s economy and is the foundation of our culture and society. UCD is working with the sector to ensure sustainability and global competitiveness. We are partnering with industry to create safe, novel foods that promote human health.
Healthcare is evolving rapidly, driven by changes in population demographics, by discoveries in biomedical research and by emerging technologies. At UCD, we are re-imagining the future of healthcare, one where new therapies, web-enabled technologies and home-deployed devices emerge from the the symbiosis of technology and biology.
ICT research at UCD brings together key ideas from emerging fields such as Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, Smart Systems and connects them with our other research priorities. This integrated approach provides new research and education opportunities with UCD's breadth of disciplines while also generating thousands of future jobs addressing the massive global market for data science products and services.
Environmental research at UCD spans a range of Schools and Colleges, and is at the core of the UCD Earth Institute. The overarching mission of the UCD Earth Institute is to provide solutions to some of Ireland’s most urgent problems in the areas of sustainable living, natural resources, climate change, natural hazards, the built environment and nature conservation.