2017 was a big year for Science Foundation Ireland, according to its annual report.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) revealed its annual report and accounts for 2017, a year in which the Government invested €173m in funding and the agency launched four new research centres.

SFI’s public outreach programmes also received a significant boost last year, showing a 60pc increase of engagement between researchers and the general public.

Noting these figures and Ireland’s ranking in terms of science around the world, Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of SFI, said: “2019 will build [on this], it will be more of the same.”


Words by Elaine Burke