Creating Our Future Generates 18,000+ Ideas

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The Creating Our Future campaign has received more than 18,000 ideas. Creating Our Future is a unique national brainstorm that received more than 18,000 ideas on how to create a better society.

The campaign asked the Irish public to submit research ideas based on a flexible, open-ended question: ‘Tell us your idea for what researchers in Ireland should explore to create a better future?’

All 18,062 ideas submitted by the public during 2021 were considered by an independent Expert Committee and grouped under 16 thematic areas.

Creating Our Future Generates 18,000+ Ideas

Some responses included:

  • the impact of parental depression on children
  • a zero-waste society
  • a cut-off button on phones, tablets, laptops and computers for children
  • the use of robots for litter collection
  • car-free cities
  • whether radio presenters respond to or engage with male and female presenters differently
  • communication around cancer and infertility

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris:

“The Creating Our Future campaign was launched to bring research and the public together; to unite everyone in a shared project to allow us to better understand how research can work for the Irish public and shape a better Ireland.

“We wanted to open a discussion to everyone, to discover what was important to people, to find out what they would like to explore to create a better future for all.

“The campaign aimed to democratise research – everyone can have a good idea; the campaign was open to everyone, and I am glad to say that we received research ideas from every county in the country.

“The Expert Committee Report analysing the submissions paints a very interesting picture of the thoughts and concerns of the Irish public at a unique point in time. Their findings, alongside all the submissions, now form a valuable and unique digital book of inspiration.

“The database of ideas will serve as an enduring source of insight and will help to inspire future research in Ireland. I would like to sincerely thank each person that submitted an idea to the Creating Our Future campaign.

“In one way, it feels like we are at the finish of Creating Our Future but in another, we are really only at the beginning. The public has done its part, it is now up to Government and its agencies to implement the recommendations in both the Campaign Report and Expert Committee Report.

“The research ideas have already been aligned with a number of ongoing and upcoming programmes and will inform research through a variety of initiatives over the coming years.

“I would like to thank all of those involved, the Ambassadors, Advisory Forum Members and Members of the Expert Committee and Working Groups, and Science Foundation Ireland, it was through this combined effort that we have ultimate success.”

The outputs and recommendations from Creating Our Future are integrated into the Government’s new national research and innovation strategy Impact 2030, and will inform the National Challenge Fund, as well as being aligned with future public engagement campaigns such as Science Week.

Look through the ideas submitted in the digital Book of Inspiration .

Read the Creating Our Future Campaign Report and Expert Committee Report


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