Bruton seeks innovative ideas for Dublin City of Science 2012

6 Apr 2011

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD has launched a call for creative and innovative proposals to showcase at the Dublin City of Science programme of events in 2012.

Bruton hopes to rebuild the country’s international reputation for excellence in science and technology in order to achieve growth and improve employment. Bruton said he is devising a plan to put science, technology and innovation at the centre of the government’s growth and jobs policies.

Dublin City of Science 2012 consists of a year-long series of science-linked events, the main event of which will be the Euroscience Open Form (ESOF), which will be held in the Convention Centre Dublin from 11-15 July 2012.

“I think we should all get involved in this programme and help promote Ireland to the world as a centre of innovation and creativity in science and technology,’ Bruton said.

The call, which will remain open until 30 June 2011, is seeking proposals for a year-long programme of events to encourage the nation to get involved in Science. The programme is anticipated to draw on the areas of education, business, the arts, sports and our communities, which are connected to Science.

Dublin City of Science 2012 seeks partnerships with organisations and individuals with the ability to develop interesting events.

Speaking at the launch, professor Patrick Cunningham, chief scientific adviser to the Government said the main objective of the call is to find scientific-based events that will connect with the public in a creative and engaging way.

Cunningham said the proposals “Could be by way of promoting an existing event, activity or idea. It could be something completely new, something you’d like to develop within your own organisation or institution, or in partnership with others.”

Activities can be in any format, indoor or outdoor, through the medium of theatre, film, exhibitions, workshops, debates, interactive dialogues, online events, the list is endless.

Project director David Fahy was also at today’s launch of the Dublin City of Science 2012, who called on “Those with an interest in science and technology and their impact on art, literature, music, sport, communities, the economy, society in general to submit proposals.”