Ireland is Ranked Best in the World for the Quality of Science in Immunology
The Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) has confirmed that Ireland ranks first in the world for quality of science in immunology.
The SFI’s report laid out Ireland’s contribution to the science for 2019, with 2,894 international academic collaborations with 75 different countries, a 26% increase in education and public engagement activities, and 1,860 industry collaborations across Ireland being some of the highlights of the annual report.
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, commended Ireland’s efforts saying, “the crucial role excellent research, international collaboration and innovative talent plays in helping us to respond to global challenges including Covid-19 has never been clearer, so today I am extremely pleased to launch SFI’s 2019 Annual Report…Recent months have shown us the ability of Ireland’s research community to work together and deliver solutions for Ireland through SFI’s Covid-19 Rapid Response Funding Call.”
Immunology and vaccine research has never been more important than in the year the Covid-19 pandemic shut down most of the world, which the Director General of the SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson acknowledged at the launch of the report. Professor Ferguson noted that, “our position as 1st in the world for quality of science in immunology means that Irish scientists are playing a crucial role in the global response to Covid-19.