How Australia’s ‘Smart State’ Lured Irish Science Guru – ScienceInsider
It’s by now well-known that Frank Gannon is leaving SFI. Here’s a short quote from ScienceInsider:
Gannon remains bullish on Ireland, even after the nation has suffered a few rough years economically. He argues that SFI, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, has helped turn Ireland into a significant research outpost. “We’ve moved our [research] output from below the level of Bangladesh in the 1980s to above the European level,” he says. Citing ties between SFI-funded scientists and about 400 companies, Gannon concludes that the funding agency is also fulfilling its mission of diversifying the Irish economy.
The SFI director jokes that Ireland should be happy to see him go. “I came back to Ireland for the first time in 1981, and the economy went way down hill. I left in 1994, the economy recovered. I came back in 2007, the economy is doing well and then immediately goes down. So I thought I had a duty to leave,” he says with a laugh.
Of course correlation is not causation!