Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister Simon Harris launch Creating Our Future to collect 10,000 ideas on future of science and research

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Press Release: 29th July 2021

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris have today launched Creating our Future, to gather ideas from people all over the country on research that could shape a better future for all.


Speaking at the launch event, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:

“This is an important opportunity to contribute to shaping future research. I encourage everyone to get involved, this isn’t for any one section of society, we want to engage everyone in conversations in communities across the country, to inspire curiosity and generate ideas for research that will shape our future.  As we set out on an ambitious and transformative path to build capacity and capability across the entire research and innovation system in the coming years, it’s vital that everyone has an opportunity to contribute.”

Creating Our Future will ask people and communities across Ireland to submit ideas through a dedicated online portal, which is open until the end of November 2021. This national brainstorm invites everyone to submit ideas to tell us what researchers can do to create a better future.


Minister Simon Harris said:

“Since last year, COVID-19 has highlighted, like never before, the vital role that research has played in mitigating challenges facing the country. But we have many more challenges and opportunities that research rigor and analytical excellence can help us with to build a better future for Ireland. Good ideas and curiosity are the starting point for most research, and nobody has a monopoly on good ideas. So, we are asking everyone to submit that idea that they have been thinking about or have a conversation with their neighbours, host an event with a researcher or in your local community to think about what might make a difference and let us know.”


Commenting at the launch, Julie Byrne, Global Head of Nokia Bell Labs External Collaboration Programs and Chair of the Advisory Forum, said:

“I look forward to collaborating with all of the members of the Advisory Forum to support the delivery of Creating Our Future. Over the coming months we will have many conversations about research across the country to gather ideas from our communities that research can tackle to create a better future for all of us. I encourage everyone to get involved so that we capture ideas from all communities across the country.”


The platform for ideas submission is open from now until the end of November. To submit your ideas and to find out how to get involved go to www.creatingourfuture.ie.


All responses submitted to the portal will be collated and shared with an independent expert panel, comprised of researchers and civil society leaders, who will distill the ideas into a report for Government.


Ref: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/9d1c6-taoiseach-micheal-martin-and-minister-simon-harris-launch-creating-our-future-to-collect-10000-ideas-on-future-of-science-and-research/



About Creating Our Future

Creating Our Future- a National Conversation on Research in Ireland is capturing the once in a generation opportunity to deepen the relationship between research and the public. It is a conversation with the people of Ireland on what matters to them and the role that research can and should play in addressing their challenges and hopes for the future, ensuring that the direction of research in Ireland is informed by the people it serves. Creating Our Future will spark a conversation between people from all corners and strands of Irish life on ideas for future research and innovation. This conversation will be about what research is already happening and, crucially, it will ask the Irish public what problems and opportunities they think are the most important to our culture, society and economy. All ideas will be collected, shared, and will help inform the future direction of research and innovation in Ireland.

For more information check out www.creatingourfuture.ie.


About The Flemish Science Agenda

Creating Our Futures follows similar highly successful initiatives in other countries. The Flemish Science Agenda was an inspiration document linking diverse scientific disciplines around fundamental questions and societal issues which took place in the spring of 2018. The goal? To strengthen the bonds between society and scientific research and to urge Flemish science on to innovation, creativity and collaboration. The Flemish Science Agenda was built on a foundation of more than 10,000 questions – questions that occupy the minds of Flemish people of all ages and backgrounds. How do we stay mentally healthy? How can we avoid war and violence? Will we one day live on another planet?


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