“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein
Science & Technology Correspondent Will Goodbody blogs about his appointment
So here it is. My first blog as RTÉ’s first Science and Technology Correspondent – hopefully the first of many.
As I said at the time of my appointment a few weeks ago, it is a tremendous privilege to be appointed to this position.
There is so much to talk about, so much to explore, so much to analyse, it is almost hard to know where to begin!
A number of things have struck me in the days since my appointment was officially announced.
Chiefly, how pleased those who are involved in science and technology here seem to be that their national broadcaster has given due recognition to their sectors by appointing a full-time correspondent to their areas.
Second, how refreshingly optimistic and positive those involved in science and technology are about what they do, and what the future holds.
And third, the incredible intelligence, courage and determination to succeed, to explore, to discover, that our nation’s scientists and techies possess.
It is such an exciting time to be reporting on science and technology here in Ireland. The large tech multinationals, such an important fuel in our economic engine, are for the most part growing.
At the other end of the scale, hundreds of have-a-go entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative ideas, raising finance and starting new tech businesses.
Developing a segment of the market that many experts see as our most promising way out of stagnation.
In science too the level of activity here is extraordinary.
Third-level institutions are steadily attracting funding for research and innovation by pushing forward the boundaries of science and innovation.
Behind closed lab doors, great strides are being made both here and abroad every day in the physical sciences, in space exploration, in medical and life sciences. Ireland is helping educate and develop some of the leading scientific thinkers in the world – people whose work, and stories deserve to be told.
And that, I hope, is where I will come in. My intention in this role is to try to inform you, the RTÉ audience, about what is happening in these ever evolving sectors.
I also want to help those working in science and tech explain to the general public what it is they are doing and why it matters. I hope to do this by cutting through the jargon, the PR spin and debunking myths.
And where necessary, I will cast an independent and indeed critical eye on aspects of these sectors in cases where we are lagging or indeed failing.
To do this, across such a wide brief, I will need your help. Story ideas, tip-offs, criticisms and feedback will all be welcome. I will post regular updates to this blog, often with information, news and events that may not otherwise find an outlet on RTÉ’s other platforms.
We have plans for an improved science and technology news and features presence on the RTÉ website, and in time, hopefully, a dedicated page. I will continue to tweet regularly about science and technology stories. And of course there will be regular reports on our flagship radio and TV news programmes.
So, let the journey begin!