Ireland and U.S.


Photo credit: NSF

This week, I joined Science Foundation
Ireland for a panel on the importance of the reciprocal relationship between
Ireland and the U.S. I’m proud to say that in numerous fields of scientific
endeavor — from the biological sciences and computer science to materials
science and engineering — U.S. and Irish scientists are working together to
further the frontiers of knowledge. A great example is the International Ocean
Drilling Program (IODP), an international marine research drilling program that
advances scientific understanding of the Earth by exploring, sampling and
monitoring subseafloor environments. Ireland is a valued partner of IODP, which
the U.S. supports through NSF and which includes 21 other countries. Irish
researchers have been a part of IODP expeditions to New Zealand, for example, to
conduct research on underwater landslides and slow-slip earthquakes.

Ireland also partners with the U.S. through
NSF’s Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide program, which expands
opportunities for U.S. graduate students to engage in international research
collaboration. Through the NEMO project, Irish researchers supported by
Science Foundation Ireland and U.S. researchers supported by NSF are working
together to design and integrate millimeter wave technology in large mobile
networks, with the goal of enabling the next generation of wireless services.

NSF is proud of its extensive network of
international partnerships that are addressing global scientific challenges
through collaboration and innovation. Our international partnerships help grow
our respective economies, enhance our security, and advance our scientific and
technological understanding of the world around us. Many thanks to Prime
Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar and Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General
of the Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Advisor to the
Government of Ireland, for their leadership and commitment to advance the
progress of science. 


Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar (middle) and Professor Mark Ferguson. Photo credit: John
Harrington Agency 

We live in an increasingly
globalized world. Challenges do not stop at national borders or the
water’s edge. Cross-national collaborations are essential to tackling
these and other global science and engineering challenges