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iCRAG Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences

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.

Research Areas

  • Raw materials – mineral/aggregate geoscience
  • Marine – marine geoscience
  • Groundwater – hydrogeology/hydrology
  • Hydrocarbons – petroleum geoscience
  • Geochemistry, geophysics, 3D geological modelling, and public perception and understanding

Research programmes

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.

Academic partners

  • University College Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • NUI Galway
  • University College Cork
  • Maynooth University
  • Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Teagasc
  • Geological Survey of Ireland
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Industry and commercialisation

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.

Industry partners include:

  • AGEC
  • APEX
  • Atlantic Petroleum
  • AWN Consulting
  • Boliden
  • BRG Ltd
  • Byrne Looby Partners
  • Cairn Energy
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Coastway Surveys
  • David Ball Associates
  • Europa Oil and Gas
  • Eurostone
  • ExxonMobil
  • FLI Group
  • GDG Geo Solutions
  • Geoscience Ireland
  • Geoserv
  • Homebond
  • Husky Energy
  • IGSL
  • JB Barry & Partners Ltd
  • International Lithium Corporation
  • Irish Drilling Ltd • Kosmos Energy
  • Maersk Oil
  • Meehan Drilling
  • National Roads Authority
  • Nicholas O’Dwyer
  • Priority Drilling
  • Priority Geotechnical
  •  Providence Resources
  • Quarry and Mining
  • Equipment Ltd (QME)
  • Repsol Exploration
  • San Leon Energy
  • Serica Energy
  • Shell
  • SLR Consulting
  • Sorhill Advocates Pty Ltd
  • Sosina Exploration Ltd
  • SRK Consulting
  • Tobin Consulting Engineers
  • Trevali Mining Corporation
  • Tullow Oil
  • Verde Environmental Group
  • Woodside Energy


A comprehensive suite of analytical and modelling resources Platform facilities in geophysics, geochemistry and 3D modelling.

Education and Public Engagement

iCRAG work in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and the SFI Research Centres to encourage education and public engagement initiatives. They organise and develop local and national programmes related to their area of research such as;

  • Engaging with future scientists through the iCRAG Rock Solid Science show.
  • Supporting and screening the movie ‘Switch’ to launch the Science Expressions Film Festival as well as participating in a panel discussion on future energy.

Key Contacts

Prof John Walsh - Centre Director

John Walsh is Professor of Structural Geology at UCD and co-director of the Fault Analysis Group in the School of Geological Sciences. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, served on the editorial boards of five journals, including Geology and the Journal of Structural Geology, and acted as distinguished lecturer for the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) in 2004 and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) in 2007.

Prof Balz Kember - Deputy Director

Dr Jennifer Craig - Centre Manager

Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences
UCD School of Geological Sciences
Dublin 4
+353 1 7162169
Twitter: @icragcentre

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