SFI’s Prof Mark Ferguson believes the way research is conducted in Ireland will look quite different in the months and years ahead.

Speaking with Siliconrepublic.com, Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), said that institutions are already in the process of radically changing how research is conducted in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There is the challenge of getting the research community back into the laboratories that is now happening,” he said.

“With social distancing, they’re going to have to be doing shift work 24 hours a day because you can get fewer people into the laboratories. Like all aspects of the economy and industry, the research community is going to have to adapt to these new conditions.”


Words by Colm Gorey