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iCRAG Geosciences Seminar, 26 February 2019

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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:

  • Supply of raw materials
  • Energy security
  • Secure & protect groundwater resources
  • Safeguard the geomarine environment
  • Protection from Earth's hazards

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

                        TEKES Finland

                         Prof. Laurence Gill, iCRAG/TCD, Ireland

                         Catherine Simmons, EUREKA

                         Oriano Grasso, COPERNICUS



14h15           Conclusion                    

                        Jennifer Craig, iCRAG

                        Emer Costello, ISC

Murray Hitzman, iCRAG, Announcement of date of publication of iCRAG White Paper


14h30           END