Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Academic Research: is it of any value to the taxpayer?

This is the title of a debate to be held later this evening in TCD. Might be of interest to those following recent developments in the debate about public investment into R&D in Ireland. Details below.
The debate will be led by Professor Poul Holm (TCD), Dr Declan Jordan (UCC) and Professor Luke O'Neill (TCD)

Time: 6.00 p.m - 7.30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2009.

Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


Gerard O'Neill said...

Three academics discussing whether academic research is of value to the taxpayer. Hmmm, I wonder what the answer will be?

(Sorry, couldn't resist it ;-)

Kevin Denny said...

I guess its like those discussions you hear on radio with a journalist interviewing another journalist about the importance of journalism.
Anyway Gerard everything that you do is of value to the taxpayer (& the world) what would there be to discuss?!

Liam Delaney said...

Gerard, Declan Jordan is very sceptical about the value of the type of academic research that is funded under government programmes. I couldn't make it to the debate but I reckon it would have been a good one, better than events where only people fully in agreement with large scale basic science funding are invited to essentially lobby.