Tomorrow I am participating in a public debate on research funding hosted by the Long Room Hub in Trinity. The debate is entitled Academic Research: is it of any value to the taxpayer?. Speaking on the opposite side (of course argung that it is of value) is Professor Poul Holm (TCD) and Professor Luke O’Neill (TCD). The latter recently won the 2009 Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence and SFI’s 2009 Researcher of the Year. The debate takes place in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin from 6.00 p.m to 7.30 p.m.