Minister Sherlock welcomes the Irish Research Council Internship Programme with NASA Research

Posted: 7 October, 2013

The Irish Research Council today announced an internship programme with NASA Research which will see talented early stage researchers from Ireland being given the opportunity to work at NASA’s world leading research facilities in the US.

These internships will be of 10-15 week duration and will be based at the NASA Ames facility.  This facility is among the world’s leading research centres and hosts researchers across all disciplines.

Minister Sean Sherlock welcomed the initiative stating that “developing collaborations with international researchers and research institutions is an important priority for Ireland’s research community. These internships from the Irish Research Council are a great opportunity for early stage researchers to work with leading researchers in their field. These collaborations are also a great opportunity to develop international connections which will benefit the researchers throughout their careers”.

The Irish Research Council made its announcement on the day that Eoin Carley, an Irish Research Council research student, had an article published in the prestigious international journal, Nature Physics. Eoin is based in the Astrophysics Research Group, TCD under the supervision of Professor Peter Gallagher. Through his Irish Research Council Scholarship Eoin contributed to an international project on the solar atmosphere and his key contribution is recognised through his first authorship on the Nature Physics publication.

Making the announcement on the agreement with NASA the Chair of the Irish Research Council Professor Orla Feely said – ‘A national competition managed by the Irish Research Council will provide an opportunity for a small number of highly talented postgraduate students to work at the NASA Ames Centre from next summer. The potential of such collaborative opportunities is reflected in the research produced by the Irish Research Council student Eoin Carley.’