This talk, which took place on Thursday 19 October 2023, told the story of what Creating Our Future achieved and how researchers and policy makers may use the findings in their work. The speakers, SFI’s Ciara Cotter and Ali Boyle, were introduced by UCD Librarian Dr Sandra Collins.
In the autumn of 2021, the people of Ireland were invited to consider how research can contribute to the creation of a better future for themselves and their communities. As an all of Government endeavour, the aim was to create an opportunity for the people of Ireland to have their say and contribute to the future direction of Irish research and innovation.
Over 18,000 submissions were received, analysed and synthesised into 16 thematic areas. The response demonstrated that the people of Ireland want their voice to be heard and that they have confidence in the promise and potential of research to transform lives and create sustainable societies. Science Foundation Ireland was tasked with operationalising this initiative on behalf of the Government of Ireland.
At this event, SFI’s Ciara Cotter and Ali Boyle told the story of what Creating Our Future achieved and how researchers and policy makers may use the findings in their work. The speakers were introduced by UCD Librarian Dr Sandra Collins.
Ciara Cotter is Public Affairs and Change Manager at Science Foundation Ireland. Her role at the agency involves managing relationships with key stakeholders such as other Government bodies, those within the political system and the research community. Previous roles at SFI involved working in areas such as international relations, industry engagement and corporate governance. Ciara was assigned Creating Our Future Programme Delivery Lead in January 2021.
Ali Boyle: At SFI Ali is responsible for a range of programmes including national Science Week in November and education programmes to help teachers build confidence in inquiry-based learning. Ali is also a Senior Research Associate of the Science Museum, London, where she spent twenty years as a curator, and a member of UKRI’s STFC Advisory Panel for Public Engagement.
This UCD citizen science community of practice hybrid event will take place on Thursday 19 October 2023 at 2-3pm in person in the UCD James Joyce Library Link 3 and online via Zoom. The UCD citizen science community of practice is supported by the UCD Library and UCD Earth Institute. To find out more, visit our website or join our mailing list.