The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) brings together Ireland’s leading geoscience experts to work on developing safe and secure groundwater supplies, discovering mineral and aggregate deposits, de-risking oil and gas exploration, and educating and informing the public on geoscience-related issues.
The centre has €26 million in funding and will support 150 researchers once it is fully up and running.
Forming an integrated team of internationally leading researchers and both large- and small-scale industry partners, iCRAG will carry out research which will help in the discovery and harnessing of Ireland’s natural resources, such as its world class Zn-Pb mineral deposits, its untapped hydrocarbon resources in challenging NE Atlantic deep water environments, and its important and environmentally sensitive seabed and groundwater resources.
The technology developed by iCRAG takes the form of soft-knowledge, data, methods, protocols, policy documents and software. This technology helps companies discover and develop natural resources for the mutual benefit of the companies and Ireland.
|Apex Geoservices||Europa Oil and Gas (Holdings) Plc||International Lithium Corp.||Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd||Reposol Ecploración SA||Tobin|
|AWN Consulting||FLI Group||Intersocial Consulting||Nicholas O'Dwyer||Rubicon Heritage||Tobin Consulting|
|Boliden||GDG||Irish Drilling||Pavement Management Services||Serica Energy Plc||Transport Infrastructure Ireland|
|BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd||Geoscience Ireland||JB Barry & Partners||Petroleum Affrairs Division||Shell E&P Ireland Ltd||Trench Control|
|BRG||Geoserv||Kosmos Energy LLC||PIPCo RSG||SLR||Trevali Mining Corp|
|Byrne Looby||Group Eleven Mining & Exploration Ltd||LTMS||Priority Drilling||Sorhill Advocates Pty Ltd||Tullow Oil Plc|
|Cairn Energy PLC||Geological Survey of Ireland||Lundin Mining||Providence Resources Plc||Sosina Exploration Ltd||Verde Environmental Group|
|Chevron North Sea Ltd||Homebond||Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd||PW Mining||SRK Consulting||Woodside Energy (ireland) PTY Ltd|
|Designer Group||IE Consulting||Meehan Drilling||PW Nigeria||Statoil (UK) ltd|
|ENI Ireland BV||IGSL||Murphy Surveys||QME||Teck Ireland|
Education and Public Engagement (EPE) is central to activities in iCRAG, and is informed by research on public perception and understanding of geoscience. The Centre’s twin objectives are to foster an interest and understanding of applied geoscience in the general population and to enhance the ability of iCRAG researchers to effectively communicate their research to a non-specialist audience. Initiatives include:
Prof John Walsh - Centre Director
JJohn Walsh is Professor of Structural Geology at UCD and co-director of the Fault Analysis Group in the School of Earth Sciences. He has published more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals, served on the editorial boards of several journals, including Geology and the Journal of Structural Geology, and acted as Distinguished Lecturer for several organisations including the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). In 2015 he became the first Irish Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
Prof Balz Kamber - Deputy Director
Dr Jennifer Craig - Centre Manager
Dr Fergus Mc Auliffe - Education, Public Engagement and Communications Manager
Deirdre Clayton - Programme Manager
Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences
O’Brien Centre for Science East
University College Dublin
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