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# Science Foundation Ireland

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# Separation of Powers
Chief Scientific Adviser's dual role to be 'decoupled' following concerns over independence
Minister Simon Harris announced a public consultation on science advice will take place early next year.
# Science Foundation Ireland
Professor Philip Nolan appointed Director General of Government’s science funding agency
SFI is the major funder of science research in Ireland.
# Separation of Powers
Chief Scientific Adviser's dual role should be separated 'to protect independence'
A review of the role is underway, with concerns over a conflict of interest raised since the head of the Government’s science funding agency was appointed.
# Washington
Varadkar presents Irish physicist and technology innovator with St Patrick's Day science medals
The medal is awarded annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the US.
# Weather Live
RTÉ is going to be airing a three-day live television event ...all about the weather
The live event is part of RTÉ’s upcoming Science Week.
Voices
We're getting children excited about outer space at an earlier age
My inner space nerd was delighted to be accepted onto the European Space Agency’s workshop for primary school teachers.
# Michael d in the east
A group of Chinese school children were very happy to see the President
Michael D Higgins is in China as part of a week-long State visit
# Research
Women now have 1.7 million more reasons to get involved in science
Ten women have been awarded funding by Science Foundation Ireland.
Voices
Opinion: Have a positive impact on Ireland’s society and economy – choose a STEM career
Leaving Cert students: consider courses in science, technology, engineering and maths. They’ll give you transferable, mobile skills that are needed in almost every sector.
# money for scientists
Scientists get €47m for research in cancer detection, epilepsy and sustainable food
The €47 million in funding will support 200 researcher positions and 36 research projects.
# disease and prevention
The Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland are joining forces to battle the disease
A new €7.5 million fund has been announced to bring higher education institutions and teaching hospitals closer together.
# Research
Want €175k? Good news if you're a woman scientist
Currently only 26 per cent of researchers in science, technology, engineering or maths subjects are women – and SFI is trying to change this.
Voices
Column: Small and mighty – why nanoscience is booming in Ireland
Ten years ago, the global market for nano-enabled materials was €420 million. In 2015, it will be $2.5 trillion. Nanoscience is the future and Ireland is very much part of it, writes John Boland.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Criminal records, job creation and childhood poverty
All of that, and the Seanad gets to reform the Dáil… here’s what’s happening today in Leinster House.
# Research Funding
€300m to be invested in research centres in 'unprecedented' move
The largest ever co-funded investment in Ireland will see €200 million coming from Irish Exchequer funding, with a further €100 million coming from industry.
# savita
Amid Savita death concerns, Minister bids to attract Indian students to Ireland
Department of Education and Skills says the week-long mission to India headed up by Junior Minister Ciarán Cannon was planned months in advance of the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in Galway.
# Jobswatch
Nanoscience institute secures funding and creates 50 new jobs
The non-Government funding of €8 million has resulted in 50 full time jobs.
# Science Foundation Ireland
Scientists warn of potential conflict of interest at Government science body
The Government has announced plans for the head of Science Foundation Ireland to also become the Chief Scientific Adviser – but scientists say this will be a conflict of interest.
# Evolution
NASA-funded Maynooth research project makes evolution breakthough
International research team headed by an NUI Maynooth scientist says the potential for subsequent research using these findings is ‘endless’.
# Health
Irish research may lead to Alzheimer's breakthrough
Irish scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in developing drugs to help block the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.