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Education & Public Engagement

“Science and technology play an increasingly important role in addressing the economic, social and environmental problems faced by the world today. That role needs the support and active engagement of the public who fund the work and are the ultimate beneficiaries of it. An engaged public is one that understands the role of science, can judge between competing priorities and arguments, encourages young people to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, and feels that is has the appropriate level of engagement with, and influence upon, the researchers.  SFI, as the primary investor in scientific research in this country, must form a strong relationship with the Irish people, built on trust.” Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Plan Agenda 2020

SFI Discover Programme, seeks to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  This supports one of the four primary objectives outlined in the SFI Strategic Plan - Agenda 2020; Objective C: To have the most engaged and scientifically informed public.

The purpose of the SFI Discover Programme is to support and develop the education and outreach STEM sector in Ireland by investing in developing and extending capacity in this area and also exploring and encouraging novel means of public engagement and communications.

We aim to increase interest in STEM among students, teachers and members of the public.

Our mission is to contribute to Ireland’s continued growth and development as a society – one that has an active and informed interest and involvement in STEM.

Among the programmes we operate are:

SFI Research Centres

SFI have seven cutting-edge research centres around the country. For more information about these centres please click here.

Science with and for Society

Followers of SFI’s Discover Programme may be interested in ‘Science with and for Society’. This European programme aims to build cooperation between science and all members of society, to recruit new talent and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility. Alva O’Cleirigh acts as Ireland’s National Contact Point and National Delegate for submissions to the programme.

For more information, please visit our Science with and for Society webpages.