The national conversation around COVID-19: The contributions of Academy stakeholders20 May 2020
The Royal Irish Academy welcomes this opportunity to profile our stakeholders’ important and timely initiatives.
This crisis is as much about society and politics as it is about virology, immunology and economics. The Royal Irish Academy is very proud of the various initiatives currently being undertaken by both its elected members (MRIAs) and members the Academy’s multidisciplinary committees. In what follows, the contributions our stakeholders are making to public discussions and debates are outlined. In doing so, we welcome your feedback and ask you to direct any queries or comments to email@example.com
Valuable insights from the arts and humanities in Trinity College Dublin
The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in Trinity College Dublin, under the leadership of Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, MRIA is producing regular blog posts which consider and reflect on the new societal challenges posed by the current national and global public health crisis.
The Long Room Hub has also held pandemic-focused virtual events for the general public which have included contributions from Professor Michael Cronin, MRIA - “Intimate” connection between climate change and pandemics and from Professor Luke O’Neil, MRIA and Dr Ida Milne, a member of the Academy’s Historical Studies Committee - Response to Covid-19 shows striking similarities with pandemics past
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme is working together to better understand what can be done in response to the COVID-19 crisis
Dr Joan Condell, School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University, and a member of the Academy's Engineering and Computer Sciences Committee, is leading an Ulster team working alongside other colleagues in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment as Northern Europe's response to COVID-19. The NPA (Northern Periphery and Arctic) "COVID-19 response group" is an informal group of 40 experts from 7 countries. The aim of this group is to increase the understanding of the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the NPA regions, share and analyse data and look at better or worse practices to learn from
Technologies for Anxiety relating to COVID
Technologies for Anxiety relating to COVID are being developed by an interdisciplinary team in Ulster University led by Dr Joan Condell, School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems and a member of the Academy's Engineering and Computer Sciences Committee.
The COVID-19 Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group is working to develop mathematical and statistical models, with a strong emphasis on calibration of models to data
Professor James Gleeson, University of Limerick and a member of the Academy’s Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee, is a member of the COVID-19 Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG). IEMAG is providing advice and expertise in the area of epidemiology data modelling to the National Public Health Emergency Team
Pandemic television: television viewing during the Covid-19 pandemic has gained a new centrality and importance
Professor Diane Negra, MRIA, University College Dublin, has produced a commentary discussing how Covid-19 has changed the television landscape
If we are to rise to the challenge presented by coronavirus, we must recognise that science and healthcare represent only one part of the equation
Professor Daniel Carey, MRIA, National University of Ireland Galway, has produced an opinion piece highlighting the importance of understanding the social and political conditions underpinning the unfolding crisis
Using digital technologies to tackle the spread of the coronavirus: Panacea or folly?
A new paper by Prof Rob Kitchin MRIA, National University of Ireland Maynooth, examines whether digital technologies will be effective in tackling the spread of the coronavirus
The importance of vitamin D in the body’s immune response to fight infection
The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity College Dublin, led by Professor Rose Anne Kenny, MRIA, has released a report in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This research highlights the potential role of Vitamin D deficiency in the severity of COVID-19 infections
COVID-19 Research Centre to be established in Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin is to set up a COVID-19 research hub that will focus on the most urgent scientific breakthroughs needed to address the current pandemic. This project will be co-led by Professor Kingston Mills MRIA, while Professor Luke O’Neill, MRIA and Professor Padraic Fallon, MRIA will also play key roles.
New website launched with free learning materials for Schools on space science
Smarttscience.com, a new website launched by Professor Stephen Smartt, MRIA, provides free learning resources for teachers of children between the ages of 8 and 12, including a series of live video lessons.
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