RTÉ Brainstorm is where the academic and research community will contribute to public debate, reflect on what’s happening in the world around us and communicate fresh thinking on a broad range of issues.
1 April 2020
We must not be flippant or too relaxed, but being optimistic may well be the thing that will get us through this
By Ulster University, Rachel McHugh
20 March 2020
From Romeo & Juliet and Pale Horse Pale Rider to Dracula and 1984, four centuries of disease and death on the page
2 March 2020
Very few of us wash our hands adequately, which is why preventable infectious diseases are easily transmitted
19 November 2019
By Ulster University, Eli Davies
29 October 2019
By University of Limerick, Ciara Breathnach
By Ulster University, Vanessa Gstrein
30 September 2019
By Ulster University, Rachel McHuges
7 August 2019
Opinion: messages of resistance in troubled times tend to emanate from the culture industry so is this true of Trump's America?
24 June 2019
Opinion: Sport may be considered a simple hobby, but for devoted athletes, it is an integral aspect of who they are. When challenged to stop or reduce their level of engagement, their sense of identity and purpose can become threatened.
12 June 2019
Opinion: Stroke is the largest cause of adult disability in Ireland, but the use of robotics, VR, brain stimulation, and apps have great potential in helping people make a better recovery from stroke.
7 June 2019
Opinion: Adolescent girls are being left at the bottom of the class when it comes to being physically active, and we need to develop effective interventions to promote lifelong physical activity behaviours in this age group.
3 April 2019
Opinion: the experiences of medical staff working during the Troubles gives an insight into the effects of conflict on people and society.
By Ruth Coon
13 March 2019
Opinion: there have been increased health concerns about mobile phone usage and new 5G networks, but are they justified?
7 February 2019
Opinion: food banks are a symptom of austerity measures and government inaction which fail to tackle the real causes of food poverty.
31 January 2019
Opinion: the rise of sports-related brain injuries raises issues about the widespread culture of playing while hurt
23 January 2019
What if there had been an active Northern Ireland Assembly with a power-sharing Executive addressing Brexit issues?
18 January 2019
Here's how the US economy, Chinese growth, oil prices, globalism, unemployment and Brexit will affect our world.
11 January 2019
The ongoing political stalemate at Stormont comes in the middle of the biggest constitutional storm to hit these islands in decades
6 January 2019
By Paul O'Hagan, Ulster University
6 December 2018
Analysis: expect the UK's departure from the EU to bring many consequences for the social security entitlements and rights of cross-border workers
19 November 2018
Brexit has highlighted an unprecedented level of self-imposed chaos and ineptitude from British cabinet ministers and civil servants.
24 October 2018
Is it the fault of austerity policies and a consequent impact on health and social care provision?
5 October 2018
20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland is still waiting for the British government to enact a Bill of Rights.
20 August 2018
Many schools have already banned smartphones, but managing usage of the devices may help students, teachers and parents
25 June 2018
Could an essentially rudderless Italy be a picture of Northern Ireland's future in economic and political terms?
24 May 2018
When it comes to plastic and waste, should our contribution to the solution be equal to our part in creating the problem?
6 March 2018
We need to take a serious look at how playing hurt is deeply ingrained in the cultural DNA of competitive sport at all levels
15 January 2018
The Irish Government's hardline attitude to the border during Brexit highlights a neglect for what this means for Northern Ireland.
8 November 2017
Blockchain has quickly become an important technology, but there's confusion as to what it is and its limitations. Here's an overview of blockchain and some thoughts on its likely future
8 November 2017
November sees the return of the annual Movember fundraising campaign, which sees men across the world sprout moustaches to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues.
8 November 2017
Blockchain has quickly become an important technology, but there's confusion as to what it is and its limitations. Here's an overview of blockchain and some thoughts on its likely future.