Good News About Irish Research March 2009

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Investment in Irish research has resulted in phenomenal performance. This presentation shows how this is reflected using bibliometric indicators (increase in number of publications, number of citations and average number of citations per paper). The picture is one of marked growth: Irish research has come from far behind to match and surpass European and global average impact and to achieve world excellence in a number of important fields. While Irish research funding has increased, it was still below the EU-27 average in 2005 and 2006. The excellence of Ireland’s research performance can be seen when Irish research impact is compared with research expenditure internationally.

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  • Good News About Irish Research March 2009

    1. 1. <ul><li>The International View </li></ul><ul><li>Outputs and Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Success Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Irish Research Impact </li></ul>Good News About Irish Research Niamh Brennan, Trinity College Dublin, March 2009
    2. 2. Top 20 Countries in All Fields 2008* * in terms of citations per paper) Sources: http ://sciencewatch.com/dr/cou/2008/08decALL/ http ://www.in-cites.com/countries/2007allfields.html http ://www.in-cites.com/countries/ireland.html In 2008 Ireland appeared in the ‘Top Countries in All Fields’ list for the first time. Currently at 19 th place in the world, we have moved up from 36 th in the world in 2003
    3. 3. The number of research papers produced in the EU has increased by over 100% Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    4. 4. Over the same period, the number of research papers produced in Ireland has increased by over 300% Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    5. 5. Ireland has more than doubled its percentage share of world research papers. Currently Ireland produces 0.44% of all world research papers. Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    6. 6. In terms of research impact, Ireland has come from behind to match the European average… Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    7. 7. Average cumulative citations to cumulative papers 1981-2007 … and Ireland now outstrips the European cumulative citation impact Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    8. 8. Similarly, Ireland’s research impact has exceeded the world average over the past 10 years, and is rising… Impact (cites per paper) relative to world average: Baseline=1.0 World Baseline Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    9. 9. * the latest figures available from OECD Source: OECD SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY SCOREBOARD 2007 http://fiordiliji.sourceoecd.org/pdf/sti2007/922007081e1-a-2.pdf OECD average EU average Ireland GERD Intensity 2005 As % of GDP While Irish research funding has increased, it was still below the EU-27 average in 2005* and 2006*. The excellence of Ireland’s research performance can be seen when our research impact is compared with research expenditure internationally.
    10. 10. Ireland EU 27 EU 27 EU 15 OECD Source: OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook: 2008 (Complete Edition - ISBN 9264049916)
    11. 11. Outputs and impact
    12. 12. Source of data: Essential Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    13. 13. Source of data: Essential Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    14. 14. Source of data: Essential Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    15. 15. Success Stories
    16. 16. * measured by citations per paper; source: Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, accessed: May 1 2005 In terms of research impact * in May 2005 Irish universities were in the top 1% research institutions in the world in the following 10 fields : 1 BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY 2 MICROBIOLOGY 3 CLINICAL MEDICINE 4 CHEMISTRY 5 PHYSICS 6 AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES 7 MATERIALS SCIENCE 8 PLANT & ANIMAL SCIENCE 9 ENGINEERING 10 SOCIAL SCIENCES, GENERAL
    17. 17. Between 2005 and 2009 the number of fields in which Irish universities feature within the world top 1% increased by 60%, with the addition of the following 6 fields: <ul><li>* measured by citations per paper </li></ul>Source of data: Essential Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters), accessed March 2009 1 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & GENETICS 2 IMMUNOLOGY 3 NEUROSCIENCE & BEHAVIOR 4 PHARMACOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY 5 GEOSCIENCES 6 ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY
    18. 18. <ul><li>* measured by citations per paper </li></ul>In terms of research impact* Irish universities are now in the top 1% research institutions in the world in the following 16 fields : Source of data: Essential Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters), accessed March 2009
    19. 19. Ireland ranks No. 2 in the World in Immunology* “ Another “small” country was able to impress… by its surprisingly high average citation ratio; Ireland (14.2) came in second worldwide leaving even the “big” USA (13.5) behind in third place. France (12.7) and Scotland (12.5) followed in fourth and fifth places respectively ”. * In terms of impact (citations per paper) Source: Ralf Neumann (2007) ‘Publication Analysis 2000-2006 Immunology’ Lab Times 4, 38-41 http://www.lab-times.org/labtimes/issues/lt2007/lt04/lt_2007_04_38_40.pdf
    20. 20. Ireland is 6 th in the World in Molecular Biology and Genetics Source: Thomson Scientific 2007 http://scientific.thomsonreuters.com/press/pdf/tl/050808.pdf http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:jsofRKzBh3wJ:scientific.thomsonreuters.com/press/pdf/tl/050808.pdf+ireland+citations+ranking&hl= en&ct = clnk&cd =17&gl= ie&lr = lang_en&client = firefox -a
    21. 21. Top 20 Countries in Multiple Sclerosis* <ul><li>Ireland currently ranks at 14 th in the world in research into Multiple Sclerosis, ahead of Germany, France and Australia </li></ul>*measured by citations per paper 1998-2008; analysis based on 81 nations. Source: Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch http:// sciencewatch.com/ana/st/ms/nations / September 2008
    22. 22. Source: Times Higher Education, 8 June 2008 http:// www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode =402206&sectioncode=26 Ireland is ranked 15 th in the World in Psychiatry/Psychology
    23. 23. Source: Times Higher Education, 19 June 2008 http:// www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode =26&storycode=402477 Ireland is ranked 17 th in the World in Neuroscience and Behaviour
    24. 24. Top 20 Countries in MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) Source : ScienceWatch (Thomson Reuters) http:// sciencewatch.com/ana/st/mrsa/nations / Ireland is ranked 17 th in the world in research into MRSA - ahead of Spain, Sweden, Germany in the world top 20 countries in MRSA
    25. 25. Physics: Impact of Ireland, Europe & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    26. 26. <ul><li>Immunology: Impact of Ireland, Europe & the World </li></ul>Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    27. 27. Materials Sciences: Impact of Ireland, Europe & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    28. 28. Engineering: Impact of Ireland, Europe & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    29. 29. Engineering: Impact of Ireland, Europe, the OECD & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    30. 30. Energy & Fuels - Impact of Ireland, Europe, the OECD & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    31. 31. Clinical Medicine: Impact of Ireland, Europe & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    32. 32. Clinical Medicine: Impact of Ireland, Europe, the OECD & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    33. 33. Biology: Impact of Ireland, Europe & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    34. 34. Biology: Impact of Ireland, Europe, the OECD & the World Source: National Science Indicators (Thomson Reuters)
    35. 35. <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging International Research Front in Alzheimers Disease started with a paper led by Irish scientists in 2002 </li></ul>Focus on Irish Research Impact
    36. 36. Alzheimers Disease Breakthrough: New Research Front led by Irish Scientists <ul><li>Core paper: Label: Walsh-2002 Title: Naturally secreted oligomers of amyloid beta protein potently inhibit hippocampal long-term potentiation in vivo Journal: NATURE, 416 (6880): 535-539 APR 4 2002 Citations: 785 Authors: Walsh, DM;Klyubin, I;Fadeeva, JV;Cullen, WK;Anwyl, R;Wolfe, MS;Rowan, MJ;Selkoe, DJ </li></ul>“ This work suggests that the amyloid ß-protein is responsible for the memory loss that characterizes AD [Alzheimers Disease]” . “ AD is a growing scourge which places a huge burden on society and health care providers. Without an effective treatment this burden will steadily increase as the world's population continues to age. Thus it is essential that useful new therapeutics be developed as rapidly as possible. By highlighting the role of soluble Aß in AD we hope we may have speeded this development.” http://sciencewatch.com/dr/erf/2008/08junerf/08junerfWalshSelkoe/ http://sciencewatch.com/dr/erf/maps/08jun_bio/#129069840
    37. 37. <ul><li>Contact: Niamh Brennan, </li></ul><ul><li>Trinity College Dublin </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>Good News About Irish Research 2009

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