Conference 2018

The Politics of Research

HR Researcher Conference 2018 - The Politics of Research - April 26th Boole 1 



 In the middle of the Second World War the Manhattan Project catapulted physics beyond the realms of the laboratory and out onto the political arena.  More than a decade later the shock waves left in the wake of Sputnik would become a catalyst for the race to the moon.  Since then, conversations on exploration, research and development have become part of everyday life.  

Today, governments through various instruments invest heavily in research within universities and have created an increasingly complex funding and prioritised environment. Many researchers find that to be successful in this arena they must employ multiple strategies to engage with their stakeholders.  As a result, researchers have had to become experts at operating politically within the ever changing world of research. 

This conference is aimed at all staff and will showcase the personal experiences of speakers in a wide variety of fields from within UCC and nationally.  Speakers will discuss their own encounters with the politics of research exploring the many ways that politics and research collide whether it is internal group politics or politics on a global scale.  In this context we intend that speaker’s address any aspect of the politics of research that they think will be of interest.


See Conference Programme Below and link to Bio's of the Speakers HERE


Coffee and Registration



President of UCC Professor Patrick O’Shea

Welcome Address


Mr Barry O’Brien  Director of Human Resources UCC

HR Excellence in Research


Dr Rosarii Griffin, Chair of UCC Research Staff Association

International and Local Perspectives on the Politics of Research


Professor Brian O’Gallachoir Director of MaREI UCC

Challenges in communicating research to inform energy and climate policy


Dr Piaris Mac Éinrí Geography UCC

Academic Freedom and Responsibility: Tackling Uncomfortable Topics


Professor Anita Maguire Vice President for Research and Innovation UCC

Evolution of interactions across the research landscape





Dr Graham Love  Chief Executive Higher Education Authority

Connecting Research and the Decision-Makers



Professor Fergus Shanahan Director of APC Microbiome Institute UCC

Against the Tide



Nora Geary Corporate Secretary UCC

The Politics Of Research -  A Governance Perspective




Professor Peter Gallagher Trinity College Dublin

Building a Radio Telescope in Birr — My Journey

Conference Close


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