Trinity College Dublin will offer the public a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the world of research during Discover Research Night on 26th September. The night will feature a variety of exciting and interactive research demonstrations and talks across the Trinity campus.
The Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), which is hosting the event, will open its doors for a behind-the-scenes look at the cutting-edge research taking place there. TBSI researchers will be joined by others from across the College, while other flagship institutes will also showcase their research. The public can expect to learn about projects rooted in arts and humanities, engineering, mathematics, sciences and the health sciences.
Trinity’s lead researchers gathered recently in the first stage of preparations for the big night.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity to engage the public, showcase research in Trinity, and demonstrate how research creates jobs as well as discoveries,” commented Professor of Comparative Immunology at TBSI, Cliona O’Farrelly, who led Trinity’s bid to front Ireland’s contribution to this Europe-wide initiative.
She added: “By offering Trinity's researchers the opportunity to present both to the public and to each other, we hope to generate new interdisciplinary ideas, opportunities and collaborations that will compete successfully for Horizon 2020 funding.”
The proposal, which was submitted to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) section of the Horizon 2020 programme, was led by TBSI and contributing partner, the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).
Trinity is Ireland’s leading university in winning European research funding, having successfully secured 218 awards worth a combined total of over €80m in funding from the former EU FP7 programme, which ran from 2007-2013.
The European Commission launched the new seven-year Horizon 2020 programme this year with a budget in excess of €80 billion, which makes it the largest research programme in the world. The primary goals of the programme are to enable Europe to produce world-class research, remove barriers to innovation and make it easier for the academic community and public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Trinity is currently implementing a Research Diversification Strategy focusing on securing more non-exchequer funding for research. A key aim of this strategy is to secure significant funds from the EU Horizon 2020 programme. A particular emphasis has been placed on increasing the number of collaborative projects that are coordinated by Trinity, and several of the events at Discover Research Night will be designed to allow the public to gain insights and participate in the process.