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Ireland's Fossil Heritage: unlocking our secret past

14 Feb 2019
UCC palaeobiologists Dr Maria McNamara and Dr Chris Rogers pictured with the fossil Archaeopteris from Kiltorcan, Co. Kilkenny at the launch of their SFI Discover project 'Ireland's Fossil Heritage: unlocking our secret past'. The project aims to increase awareness of palaeontology and Ireland's fossils among schoolchildren and adults.

A new UCC project aims to increase awareness of palaeontology and Ireland's fossils among schoolchildren and adults.

Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, today announced a national investment of €3.6 million through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme, to fund projects dedicated to educating and engaging the public in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Science Foundation Ireland, through its SFI Discover Programme, aims to develop a highly-engaged and scientifically-informed public. Through the SFI Discover Awards, it provides funding for projects that inspire and guide the best in STEM education and public engagement.

41 diverse initiatives will be supported by this year’s programme, with successful awardees being carefully selected through international peer-review. A further 11 projects that were awarded in 2017, will also have their funding continued for a second year.      

Speaking at the SFI Discover Awards event, Minister Halligan said: “Science Foundation Ireland’s work in promoting science, technology, engineering and maths to the public stimulates very important public conversations around scientific research and encourages young people to consider pursuing a carer path in these areas. To address the many global challenges we face across society and the economy, we must ensure that future generations of problem solvers have the opportunity to be inspired. Ireland continues to act as a hub for excellent research and the initiatives being funded through this year’s SFI Discover programme will help to generate enthusiasm for STEM and highlight the individual, societal and economic value of encouraging more people in Ireland to get involved.”

Among the projects receiving funding is 'Ireland's Secret Past: Unlooking our Fossil Heritage' led by Dr Maria McNamara and Dr Chris Rogers of BEES.

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