#LoveIrishResearch aims to connect members of the public with the amazing work being conducted by Irish-based researchers and highlight their achievements across multiple fields.
Ireland has a treasure trove of creative and innovative individuals who are conducting research, many of whom are based in our higher education institutions.
Their research is contributing to the understanding of our world and to national and global progress. So, in 2016 we spearheaded an initiative to better share the work of our researchers and to develop a greater public interest and knowledge of what is happening in research in Ireland.
Ten Irish researchers are listed among the top 1% of highly cited researchers worldwide. As a country we have achieved a world ranking of 10th for the overall quality of our scientific research. Social science and humanities outputs from four Irish universities rank in the top 1% of publications worldwide. Add to that the historic accomplishments of researchers, including Ernest Walton, Robert Boyle, George Boole, John Tyndall and Kathleen Lonsdale, and it is clear that Ireland has a rich legacy of groundbreaking research.
The ongoing #LoveIrishResearch initiative engages researchers at all career stages and across all disciplines with a wide-ranging programme. It includes showcase events, monthly themes and competitions.
There were 114 entries to our ‘Research Through a Lens’ image competition with the top prize being awarded to Karl Gaff
The achievements of women in Irish research were marked with a specially commissioned infographic for International Women’s Day 2016
Almost 500 people attended our family-friendly showcase of 17 projects funded by the Irish Research Council for Culture Night 2016
Dame Street was lit up with a celebration of researchers past and present for Science Week 2016