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Monday, 19 September 2022

Congratulations to Director of the Irish World Academy, Prof. Helen Phelan project has been selected as one of 21 research projects to receive a total investment of €4.9 million under the Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges (COALESCE) programme, the Irish Research Council has announced today!

COALESCE brings together researchers from the arts and the sciences and Prof Phelan will work with Professor of Biomedical Statistics, Ailish Hannigan on a participatory project titled “The arts, data literacy and diversity (ADD)” exploring how the arts can be used to develop data literacy. This research will develop a project that shares songs and data, in partnership with communities from different cultural backgrounds and will combine the arts and statistics to explore the impact of musical sharing on how data is understood and interpreted. The project addresses the UN sustainable development goal of reducing inequality, as many people are excluded from the new world of data by language, poverty, lack of education, and discrimination.