Great working with the brilliant Intel VP Margaret Burgraff on this Irish Examiner interview. http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/how-cork-native-margaret-burgraff-rose-through-the-ranks-to-become-intel-vice-president-377906.html
We are very excited to be working with BioInnovate this year. You will be hearing a lot more about this innovative business incubator programme in 2016.
We wrote an article about biobanking for the Irish Times. Fascinating area. You can read it here. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/tissue-storage-could-help-to-identify-risks-of-pre-eclampsia-1.2495432
This was a fireside chat that Gráinne did with renowned cyberpsychologist Professor Mary Aiken on the first day of Web Summit 2015. Mary is the inspiration for the central character, played by Patricia Arquette, in CSI Cyber. The chat, entitled Me, my selfie and I, took place on the Society Stage. It dealt with how social media is influencing the development of young people, the knowledge vacuum we're in right now and what needs to be done to protect children in the internet age. Fascinating stuff.
We organised this data ethics workshop in the RDS on the 17th of September as part of Insight's Magna Carta for Data project. The aim was to get people from different disciplines to give their take on what's important in data ethics and whether a Magna Carta for Data is likely to solve any of the issues currently posed by Big Data in society.
Chaired by Prof Barry O'Sullivan and facilitated by Dr Kalpana Shankar, we had a broad range of speakers: Pauline Walley SC who spoke from the perspective of a legal practitioner, Dr Simon Foley, data security expert, Prof Rob Kitchin, author of the Data Revolution, Dr Heike Felzmann, ethics specialist and Dr Vivien Rooney, applied psychologist and specialist in consent.
It made for a fascinating workshop and was covered by Irish Tech News here.
We are delighted to have been involved in this excellent and worthwhile campaign, currently being run by the Irish National Teachers' Organisation. Stand up for primary education sets out the INTO's stall before the general election. They argue that early investment is wise investment. At the moment, education funding is concentrated at the upper end of the education system. This is the reverse of what it should be. The INTO is calling for parity of funding for school running costs between primary and secondary schools (currently secondary schools get almost double the funding per student per day), smaller classes, equality for students with special needs and those from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. A worthy campaign and we are proud to have been a part of putting it together.
See details of the full campaign here.
Insight played a pivotal role in a Day of Action for Data in Health and Science that was held in Brussels on June 16th. Insight researchers, along with the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the European biobanking infrastucture the BBMRI-ERIC among others, joined forces for a day of seminars and meetings with policy-makers about the proposed EU data protection regulation. Data protection legislation is an immensely important part of this increasingly data driven world of ours. However, in fields like medical research, data is crucial, but there is a risk that data protection measures will inadvertently render some research too costly or difficult to do. This Day of Action was the subject of an editorial in Nature Magazine. Read more
Our clients the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, have been making a big splash in the media world. Big Data is big news and Insight are the biggest data research institute in Ireland. Read about some of their health innovations in the Irish Times Innovation Magazine.
This is a video Louise scripted and produced for the Yes Equality campaign. Making Ireland a better place, one door at a time.
A lot has happened with FH Media Consulting since this training session at the Science Gallery last November! What a fantastic group that was.
We've learned a lot about the challenges facing academics and researchers when it comes to dealing with the media. The strongest issues coming through are not necessarily what you might expect.
Anxiety about what your colleagues might think of your media work is often a huge worry.
The vast differences between the worlds of media and academia are a big obstacle.
Time and effort is also an issue. Dealing with the media gets easier but the first few encounters are bound to be time consuming.
Difficulties with language and communication are often the least of the problems.
Most of all, however, we've been so impressed with the interest and willingness among the researchers in our sessions to engage and get their work out to the general public.
This media training business is really really interesting.