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Prof. Balz Kamber’s Canadian study on zircon crystals

New research led by iCRAG Deputy Director Prof. Balz Kamber has found that the very oldest pieces of rock on Earth—zircon crystals—are likely to have formed in the craters left by violent asteroid impacts that peppered our nascent planet, rather than via plate tectonics as was previously believed.

In the summer of 2014, with the support […]

ResearchFest 2016 launched

This year iCRAG is teaming up with Inspirefest this summer to host ResearchFest. ResearchFest will showcase some of Ireland’s excellent frontier research, undertaken by PhD students from across STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), humanities and social science.

Interested researchers must submit a three-minute video of themselves communicating their research in plain English. Be as creative in your […]

iCRAG industry partners granted offshore licences

iCRAG industry partners ENI, Europa, ExxonMobil, Statoil and Woodside Energy have been granted offshore licences by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

A licencing option gives companies two years to carry out a programme and make a decision on whether to take out a full licence. The companies then have a further three years […]

iCRAG at IGRM 59 in NUIG

The 59th Irish General Research Meeting will be taking place 19-21st February in NUIG. This year iCRAG has come on board as a sponsor and will have a stand at the event where we will be advertising our new research positions. A number of our researchers will also be presenting. See you in NUIG for […]

iCRAG’s Dr Florian Le Pape aboard the RV Celtic Voyager

iCRAG post-doc Dr Florian Le Pape was recently aboard the RV Celtic Voyager offshore Donegal. The aim of the survey is to deploy 10 Broad Band Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBSs) units across the shelf offshore Donegal and out into the Rockall Trough in order to study microseims. Compared to earthquakes, microseisms represent background seismic noise generated by […]

Research infrastructure success for iCRAG

Congratulations to iCRAG PIs Prof. Chris Bean and Prof. Balz Kamber on being awarded two prestigious SFI Research Infrastructure Awards today.

This infrastructure funding was awarded competitively following rigorous international review to research groups where the research equipment and facilities are required to address major research opportunities and challenges.

Prof. Chris Bean: Insitu Marine Laboratory […]

Prof. Peter Croot cruises the South Pacific

iCRAG Principal Investigator Prof. Peter Croot is currently cruising the South Pacific ocean on the RV Sonne.

Peter departed from Antofagasta in Chile just before Christmas, and is due to arrive in New Zealand later this month. Due to their remoteness from any continents, these waters are nutrient poor and hence are the clearest in the […]

Southern Regional Assembly visit iCRAG

Members and staff of the Southern Regional Assembly (SRA) paid a visit to iCRAG on Thursday 17thDecember. The study visit provided an opportunity to learn about the work of the centre and how it contributes to the aims of the ERDF co-funded regional programme managed by the Assembly. The regional programme has at its core an objective […]

iCRAG officially launched by Minister Damien English

On December 2nd Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD officially launched iCRAG, the newly established Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre. The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences will focus on the discovery, de-risking and sourcing of raw materials, water and energy resources that are critical to our economy.

The centre will receive […]

Minister Joe McHugh visits iCRAG Director Prof. John Walsh

As part of the Scientist Oireachtais Member Pairing Scheme, Minister Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources today visited Professor John Walsh in iCRAG. The Minister received a tour […]