iCRAG is the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences funded by Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. Established in 2015, iCRAG is Ireland’s national geosciences research centre. Comprising 150 researchers and collaborating with more than 50 industry partners. Our vision is to become a world leader in applied geosciences research, securing maximum benefit from our natural resources while protecting the environment.
iCRAG’s research is helping to unlock Ireland’s natural resources through developing improved technical knowledge and innovative techniques, which will then increase the success rate of energy, mineral and groundwater exploration. Our research results are, insofar as possible, embedded within industry. In this way, the Centre ensures maximum impact of its research output; both scientifically for the wider geosciences and economically for the island of Ireland.
iCRAG facilitates a collaborative research environment, allowing for the invaluable cross-fertilisation of ideas between disciplines. Our multidisciplinary research teams address five major research challenges:
Underpinning these research challenges is our work in enabling methodologies in the areas of geophysics, geochemistry and 3D modelling, along with our research on the public perception and understanding of geosciences.
iCRAG will make important contributions to key EU policy objectives and to the United Sustainable Development Goals. These will include Horizon Europe (HE), the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDIC), among others
The seminar on 26 February 2019 will:
· Present iCRAG achievements;
· Initial concepts for HE and NDIC;
· Propose key policy initiatives to enhance HE
· How will future environment and climate regulations impact natural resource management globally.
Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the European Regional Development Fund, Geological Survey Ireland and industry partners, the Centre brings together expertise from seven major institutes: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, Maynooth University and Teagasc
iCRAG Geosciences Seminar, Brussels 26 February
10h00 Welcome: Sean Kelly MEP
10h10 Keynote: Murray Hitzman, iCRAG
10h30 Panel 1 iCRAG’s contribution Horizon Europe
Chair: Alexandro Damiano, APRE, Italy.
Peter Handley, DG Research, European Commission, Belgium
Prof. Chris Bean, iCRAG/DIAS, Ireland
Prof. Peter Croot, iCRAG/NUIG, Ireland
11h15 Coffee break
11h30 Panel 2 Capacity building for Geosciences
Chair: Pieter Van Nes, Joint Research Centre, Euroepan Commission
Koen Verbruggen, GSI, Ireland
Nick O’Neill, PIPCo, Ireland
Rudi Niessler, DG REGIO, European Commission
12h00 Panel 3 Geosciences and the SDGs
Chair, Vinny Pillay, Ministry Science and Technology, South Africa
Prof. Jennifer McElwain, iCRAG/TCD, Ireland
Dr Maeve Boland, UCD/GSI, Ireland
Ambassador Gomes, Africa, Caribbean Pacific
Robert Burmanjer, DG DEVCO
12.30 Buffet lunch
13h30 Panel 4 iCRAG: enabling global challenge responses
Chair Prof. Andy Wheeler, iCRAG/UCC, Ireland
Prof. Laurence Gill, iCRAG/TCD, Ireland
Catherine Simmons, EUREKA
Oriano Grasso, COPERNICUS
Jennifer Craig, iCRAG
Emer Costello, ISC
Murray Hitzman, iCRAG, Announcement of date of publication of iCRAG White Paper