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Science Advocacy Training

Science Advocacy Training is a newly developed initiative at CÚRAM aiming to educate and support our research community to engage more effectively and responsibly with policymakers about the relevance and value of medical device research.

 At CÚRAM, we define Science Advocacy as Active support of science, informing policy audiences about our science and engaging with the policymaking process.’

 The ultimate goal of the Science Advocacy Training programme is to inspire and empower our research community to advocate for their science with decision-makers at wider institutional and governmental levels.

We have just launched a White Paper exploring how MedTech researchers and research centres can work to help bridge the research-policy gap. ‘Science Advocacy in MedTech’ White Paper includes key recommendations of the White Paper such as the need for more training support for researchers in effectively communicating and engaging with policy audiences, raising awareness of the policymaking process in Ireland and internationally, and providing networking and knowledge exchange opportunities for researchers and policy audiences.

The interrelated objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To educate our researchers on science policy development and appreciate the role they can play in influencing science policy
  • To increase understanding and awareness of the lifecycle of policymaking and political structures in Ireland and internationally
  • To support our researchers in effectively and efficiently advocating for their research to policy audiences
  • To build relationships and create dialogue between our researchers and policymakers, local and national government bodies and funders

Meet the Team

The Science Advocacy Training programme at CÚRAM has been developed through interdisciplinary collaboration between CÚRAM, the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre within ILAS (Institute for Lifecourse and Society), the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway and Newcastle University.


Prof Caroline McGregor


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Professor John Cunningham


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Prof John Canavan


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Dr Brendan Dolan


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Current activities

The project team have developed a White Paper on Science Advocacy in the Irish Medical Device Research Field, which will be launched in September 2022. Recommendations emanating from this white paper have informed the development and direction of the Science Advocacy programme.

In 2022, CÚRAM are facilitating a number of science advocacy events for researchers and policy audiences. These events are designed specifically for the CÚRAM scientific community but will be of benefit to all researchers, highlighting how research can inform and influence policy in Ireland and the EU, and the practical steps individual scientists can take to effectively engage in the policymaking process.


Upcoming Science Advocacy Training Events 2022

Three dates for your diary:

Introduction to Science Advocacy Training at CÚRAM

Tuesday 10th May 2022 11am-1pm Online 


Tools and Practical Insights for Effective Science Advocacy

Thursday 8th September 2022 from 10am-12pm Hybrid


Pathways to Policy – ‘Science Advocacy in MedTech’ White Paper Launch

Thursday 22nd September 2022, 2pm-4pm ILAS, University of Galway

For more information, please contact our Science Advocacy Training Programme Development Officer Dr Brendan Dolan Email: