SFI Discover Programme / Ireland's Fossil Heritage

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. The funding has been awarded to 41 diverse projects, to improve public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to support education initiatives for under-represented groups. Dr Maria McNamara and Dr Chris Rogers are pictured from University College Cork, representing their funded project, ‘Ireland’s Secret Past: Unlocking Our Fossil Heritage’.

Summary of milestones so far (plus various school workshops around the country since 2021):

June 2022: Ireland’s Fossil Heritage workshop at YMCA Cork (13th).
June 2022: Ireland’s Fossil Heritage at Cork Carnival of Science (11th/12th).
June 2022: “Irish Fossils Alive” national art competition and exhibition in Glucksman Gallery (10th-19th).
June 2022: “Fossil Freaks” exhibition in Glucksman Gallery (10th-19th).
Nov 2021: Launch of new video for Ireland’s Fossil Heritage website.
Nov 2021: Launch of Ireland’s Fossil Heritage website and social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
Oct 2021: Engagement with schoolteachers as part of the co-creation of content for school fossil workshops (12th and 19th Oct).

Please find all updates on the website for Ireland's Fossil Heritage!

Maria McNamara Research Group

Experimental and analytical taphonomy

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork (UCC), Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30, Ireland