Debating Science Issues Partners

Debating Science Issues is delivered by the below research, medical and science centres:



REDDSTAR is a unique partnership of ten diabetes and cell biology research, and data management groups working together with funding from the European Commission’s FP7 programme.  Coordinated at NUI Galway, REDDSTAR will develop and test stromal cell therapy to treat diabetes mellitus. The objective is to control blood glucose while also addressing a range of six diabetic complications.

Province: The West   Contact: Danielle Nicholson  Email:



W5 is Ireland’s award winning interactive discovery centre and is situated at Odyssey, Northern Ireland’s Landmark Millennium Project, in Belfast. With 160 amazing interactive exhibits in  four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of  large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events as well as a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows.

 Province: Ulster   Contact: Matthew Craig   Email: 




The Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is an industry academic-clinical partnership based at Dublin City University. The Institute carries out  cutting-edge research focused on the development of next generation biomedical diagnostic devices. These accurate and reliable diagnostic devices, measuring disease indicators in the home  or at the point-of-care, will enable the detection of life-threatening events long before a critical stage is reached.

Province: Leinster   Contact: Aoife MacCormac   Email:



Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) currently has schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing and healthcare management. In  addition to Undergraduate education RCSI delivers postgraduate training and education through its Faculties of Radiology, Dentistry, Sports & Exercise Medicine and the school of  Postgraduate Studies.

Province: Leinster   Contact: Maria Morgan   Email:




AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) is a Science Foundation Ireland funded centre that provides a partnership between leading researchers in material science and industry. It is jointly hosted in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE), in collaboration with University College Cork and the Royal College   of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The centre will deliver internationally leading materials research that will be industrially and clinically informed with outputs including new discoveries and devices in ICT, medical device and industrial technology sectors.

Province: Leinster   Contact: Eilis McGrath   Email:




INSIGHT, the Centre for Data Analytics, is a joint initiative between University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions. INSIGHT is funded by Science Foundation Ireland  and a number of industry partners. INSIGHT’s research focus encompasses a broad range of data analytics technologies and challenges, from machine learning, decision analytics and social network analysis to linked data, recommender systems and the sensor web. And together with more than 30 partner companies INSIGHT researchers are solving critical challenges in the   areas of Connected Health and the Discovery Economy.

                                                Province: Leinster   Contact: Aoibheann Bird   Email:



The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre is a national centre for food and medicine which recently received €50m funding from government and industry through Science Foundation Ireland’s      Research Centres’ programme. The APC spans across UCC, Teagasc (Ireland’s Agriculture & Food Development Authority) and Cork Institute of Technology. APC’s research explores how          bacteria in the human gut impact on population health, leading to the development of future foods and medicines.

Province: Munster   Contact: Catherine Buckley   Email:





Cork Institute of Technology is a diverse and complex institution, offering programmes in the areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Business, Hospitality, Humanities, Art, Design, Music, and Maritime disciplines. The Institute is characterised by its talented and diverse student body and it’s highly sought after graduates.

Province: Munster   Contact: Sharon Lawton   Email:




The School of Pharmacy at the University of Ulster was formally established in November 2012 and saw the first MPharm students graduate in 2013. Offering a combination of first class teaching and state-of-the-art facilities, the School delivers excellent undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Pharmacy at Ulster has a strong teaching and research ethos concentrating on core activities including formulation design, laboratory-based investigations, pharmacy practice and medicines’ management. These areas focus specifically on the use of nanotechnologies for advanced drug development, photodynamic and sonodynamic therapy, the use of novel hydrogel materials and dressings for drug delivery and the exploration of the role of a                                                                                clinical pharmacist in optimising patient outcomes.

                                                 Province: Ulster   Contact: Natalie Craythorne  Email: