The rapid and ever-progressing advancement of technology along with the current IT skills gap has been presenting one of the biggest challenges to both private and public sector organisations throughout Europe, with a huge impact on the European economy. Therefore, the eSkills Malta Foundation, in collaboration with the European Commission, Capgemini, the Irish Computer Society and CEPIS, is organising a conference on the impact of IT Professionalism on the European economy on 14 June 2017 in Valletta, Malta. Read more
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., today officially launched Ireland’s National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The initiative forms part of the Skills Agenda for Europe which is being promoted across all EU Member States by the European Commission. It will be co-ordinated in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society Foundation, working with the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS). Read more
Tech Week 2017 survey shows that majority of Irish adults now believe an education in STEM can lead to better career opportunities
Ciara Stack CPD (Continuous Professional Development), Digital Inclusion, Digital Literacy, Education, European e-Competence Framework, ICT Professionalism, IT Professionals Day, News, STEM, Tech Week
Research carried out for Tech Week 2017 shows that the vast majority of Irish adults (89%) now believe that getting an education in STEM related subjects is important and can lead to better career opportunities in the future. Read more
Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and, most importantly, have a lot of fun. Read more
You can now listen back to ICS Foundation Deputy CEO Mary Cleary’s Tech Week interview with West Limerick 102FM’s Monica Sheehy. Read more
This year’s Tech Week is happening on 22nd -28th April 2017 with a variety of nationwide events!
The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today launched Tech Week 2017, Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public, which takes place all over Ireland this year from 22-28 April.
Organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland, this exciting week of events will see more than 100,000 students take part in a range of fun activities, including the finals of several Tech Week events. Read more
Having a solid evidence base is essential for effective policy-making in the education sector. In practice the mechanisms used to support evidence-based policy-making differ significantly between countries.
This report describes the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. It provides an initial mapping of a complex area. It compares institutions and practices in evidence-based policy-making, as well as the accessibility, and mediation, of evidence. The report also presents more detailed information, with specific examples of the use of evidence in policy formulation for each individual country. Read more
EU Commission launches Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to help Europeans in their career and daily life
The European Commission has launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, together with Member States, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers, to help meet the high demand for digital skills in Europe which are essential in today’s job market and society.
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Well done to the 1,300 students from 50 schools across Ireland who took part in the Bebras Computing Challenge, which took place from 7th to 25th November.
This is the first year that Bebras has been run by the ICS Foundation in Ireland. The Bebras Community is an association of organizations which are involved with informatics and educational activities aiming to promote computational thinking among teachers and pupils of all ages. In 2015 over 1,300,000 students from 35 countries took part. Read more
A fifth year student from Lanesboro Community College has been awarded an Excellence in STEM award, for his project ‘The Digitalisation of Farming’.
Will Dennigan was one of 58 students involved in the exhibiting of 31 STEM projects at the national final held in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin recently. Read more
Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced that second-level students will be able to study computer science, including coding, as a Leaving Certificate subject in three years’ time.
It is one of a number of recommendations made in a new report aimed at improving the teaching of STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths in primary and second-level schools. Minister Bruton stated that he had set 2019 as a target for the introduction of the new subject in schools. Read more
European Robotics Week (ERW) offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public. Through the organisation of over 700 events, Europeans get the opportunity to have their questions about how robots will impact the way we work, live, and learn, addressed. Every year the ERW changes the central event and hosts an eco-system of various engaging activities in the chosen location. The official opening for this year is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Read more
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The ICS Foundation is proud to support The Bratislava Declaration, along with representatives from governments, industry, academia, NGOs, and other key stakeholders across Europe who are committed to bridging the digital skills gap to empower Europeans and support Member States as well as the European Commission in this endeavour, by joining forces and working together. Read more
The ICS Foundation is delighted to announce that the renowned Turing Lecture series will take place in the Dublin Castle Conference Centre on February 22nd 2017.
ICS was successful in its bid to bring the lecture – now in its 19th year – to Dublin to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Irish Computer Society.
The lecture series is a world leading event, presenting a topic from current research in computer science and given by an acknowledged expert in the field with past speakers including Chief Research Scientist at Microsoft research, Professor of Information Engineering in Oxford University, Senior VP Technology and Manufacturing at IBM to name but a few. Read more