As we mark the Decade of Centenaries, insights into our past and new ideas and innovations for the future are all important. Ireland has a treasure trove of creative and innovative individuals who are conducting research, many of which are based in our higher education institutions. Their research is contributing to the understanding of our world and to national and global progress.

So, in 2016, the Irish Research Council is spearheading an initiative to better share the work of our researchers and develop greater public interest and knowledge of what is happening in research in Ireland.

Ten Irish researchers are listed among the top 1% of highly cited researchers worldwide, while – as a country overall – we are ninth in terms of research impact (citations per paper) on the Thomson-Reuters InCites global scientific rankings. Social science and humanities outputs from four Irish universities rank in the top 1% of publications worldwide.

Add to that the historic accomplishments of researchers including Ernest Walton, Robert Boyle, George Boole, John Tyndall and Kathleen Lonsdale, and it is clear that Ireland has a rich legacy of ground-breaking research.

#LoveIrishResearch aims to connect members of the public with the amazing work being conducted by Irish researchers and highlight their achievements across multiple fields.

A wide-ranging programme, engaging researchers at all career stages and across all disciplines, is planned, including regional and institutional showcase events, competitions and awards, a specific Decade of Centenaries programme and monthly research themes.

#LoveIrishResearch is a national campaign led by the Irish Research Council and supported by the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority.