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Introducing RTÉ Brainstorm – fresh thinking and ideas from leading academics

Posted: 28 November, 2017

Looking for a fresh perspective? DIT partners with RTÉ on new online platform, RTÉ Brainstorm, a home for fresh thinking, ideas and perspectives on Ireland and the world by leading academics.

RTE Brainstorm Launch

At the official launch of RTÉ Brainstorm (L-R): Dee Forbes, Director General, RTÉ; Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT; Jim Carroll, Editor, RTÉ Brainstorm.

The initiative, which was officially launched by RTÉ on Monday 27 November, is a unique partnership with seven Irish third-level institutions, including Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), University College Cork, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, University of Limerick, Maynooth University and Ulster University. RTÉ Brainstorm provides academics and researchers with an important platform to bring their areas of expertise into the public domain via RTÉ.ie.

Commenting, Dee Forbes, Director-General RTÉ said: "Healthy, informed public debate is central to any democratic society, and providing an impartial space for such debate in Ireland is core to RTÉ’s remit. Through this unique partnership we are excited to be able to give our digital audiences access to some of Ireland’s most talented academics and researchers, specialists who can give clarity and context to important topics, bringing greater awareness of new ideas and research and articulate alternative ways of dealing with complex issues. We are delighted that we have received such strong support from key third level institutions across the country."

Edited by journalist Jim Carroll, RTÉ Brainstorm has already published a range of articles from academics across multiple disciplines. Since going live in late September, over 350 academics from a broad cross section of disciplines have signed up to be contributors to the initiative.
To date, DIT academics have covered such topics as the future of retail, how to design a better office, the Ryanair brand, women in engineering, the importance of design and creativity to the Irish economy, and all you ever wanted to know about Artificial Intelligence.

RTÉ Brainstorm editor, Jim Carroll, said: "This initiative will practically support a greater contribution from academics across many different disciplines to public discussion in Ireland. Whether it’s the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, engineering, science, technology, business, economics, health or any other academic discipline, RTÉ Brainstorm welcomes fresh thinking, new ideas and different perspectives from the academic community. At a time when we’ve never been more in need of strong and informed news coverage, we firmly believe RTÉ’s audience will welcome the breadth of writing and analysis from Brainstorm contributors."

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, who was present at the official launch, said: "DIT is delighted to be a founding partner on this innovative new initiative by RTÉ. RTÉ Brainstorm provides an excellent platform for our academic colleagues to make valuable contributions to public debate in Ireland and to connect their knowledge and research to the everyday lives of a wide global audience." 
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