Please read this document carefully before posting your questions. The aim of the policy is to help us all maintain a safe and enjoyable online experience. You must be a second-level student or older to post questions. Younger visitors to this site should ask a parent or guardian to participate on their behalf.
By posting a question on this site, you are indicating that you accept these rules and that you agree to abide by them.
These content standards apply to any material that you contribute to this site. You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter.
- Be accurate (where they state facts)
- Be genuinely held (where they state opinions)
- Comply with applicable law in Ireland and in any country from which they are posted (if this is not Ireland)
Contributions must not:
- Contain any material which is defamatory of any person
- Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory
- Promote sexually explicit material
- Promote violence
- Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age
- Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person
- Be likely to deceive any person
- Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence
- Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety
- Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person
- Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person
- Give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case
- Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
We work hard to protect your privacy and you should too. If you are posting a question or comment, never give out any personal details (i.e. your real name, address and/or telephone number). Never arrange to meet someone you encounter online. Visit the Department of Education and Skills / National Centre for Technology in Education website www.webwise.ie for more information on staying safe on the internet.
Reliance on information posted
We try to make this site as useful as possible for its intended audience and information provided should only be taken as a guide. Please bear in mind that comments and other materials posted by users on this site are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed.
We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of our site.
You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use the site:
- In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation
- In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect
- For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way
- To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards
- To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam)
- To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware
- To attack our site through our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack
Information about us
This site is part of the Smart Futures initiative. The site is managed on a day-to-day basis by Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) and its agents. DSE initiatives are managed by Science Foundation Ireland on behalf of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
DSE’s offices can be found at Science Foundation Ireland, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is registered as a Data Processor with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner with registration number 9072/A.
Several areas of this site provide comment facilities for visitors. Comments may be moderated. If you need to contact a moderator or if you have any concerns about material that appears on our site, please email smartfutures[at]sfi[dot]ie
Discover Science & Engineering
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Tel: +353 1 6073042.
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