iCRAG 2017: A Research Showcase

April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on iCRAG 2017: A Research Showcase

iCRAG, the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences – funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the European Regional Development Fund and industry partners – today held its inaugural research showcase in the Aviva Stadium. The […]

iCRAG partners with SSPC for National Crystal Growing Competition

April 13th, 2017|Comments Off on iCRAG partners with SSPC for National Crystal Growing Competition

iCRAG, together with the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) both funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), announced winners of the 2016 National Crystal Growing Competition at the national awards ceremonies recently.

The very successful […]

Celebrating Irish Science at Aras an Uachtarain

March 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Celebrating Irish Science at Aras an Uachtarain

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins hosted a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin to acknowledge the special contribution made by citizens who have excelled in science and its application […]

Call for Proposals – Social Licence to Operate

February 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Call for Proposals – Social Licence to Operate

Call for Proposals: iCRAG is inviting project proposals from established academics in Irish universities/research institutes on the subject of: Social Licence of Geoscience Activity and Development of Earth Resources.

Further information available at https://t.co/qaDr9htXVR

Professor Andy Wheeler meets the President at Irish in South America Expo.

January 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Professor Andy Wheeler meets the President at Irish in South America Expo.

iCRAG co-PI, Professor Andy Wheeler, met with the President of Ireland and showed him UCC’s historic Daniel O’Leary Emerald as part of the opening of an exhibition on the Irish in South America. The emerald […]

iCRAG industry partner Boliden announces investment in Tara mine

January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on iCRAG industry partner Boliden announces investment in Tara mine

Congratulations to iCRAG industry partner Boliden, where exploration at the Tara zinc mine has identified a new mineralisation with an inferred mineral resource of 10 Mtonnes.

Tara mine, which is one of the larger zinc mines […]

iCRAG 2017 – Register Now!

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on iCRAG 2017 – Register Now!

Registration is now open for iCRAG 2017! 

iCRAG 2017 is a research showcase of all current research projects within the Centre, together with insights into future directions for Irish geoscience research. Hosted in Dublin’s iconic Aviva Stadium, the […]

December 2016 iCRAG Newsletter

December 12th, 2016|Comments Off on December 2016 iCRAG Newsletter

The December 2016 edition of the iCRAG Newsletter is available for download here.

iCRAG Lab@TCD and TIGER launched

December 8th, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG Lab@TCD and TIGER launched

State of the art micro-beam analytical laboratory launched by iCRAG at Trinity College Dublin

Facility will be used to develop new approaches to resource use and environmental mitigation

Science Foundation Ireland Director of Programmes Dr Darrin Morrissey […]

iCRAG and SSPC launch Grow Your Own Crystal Competition

November 21st, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG and SSPC launch Grow Your Own Crystal Competition

The 2016 Grow Your Own Crystal Competition has been launched by iCRAG and SSPC – the Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre.

The aim of the competition is for an individual second-level student to grow a single crystal. […]

iCRAG takes on Science Week 2016

November 16th, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG takes on Science Week 2016

 

Science Week (13th-20th November) is keeping iCRAG very busy this year. Not only is science is taking over our radios, computers and TV screens and all of our daylight hours, but the supermoon on Monday […]

Prof. Misstear elected Secretary General of the International Assoc. of Hydrogeologists

September 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Prof. Misstear elected Secretary General of the International Assoc. of Hydrogeologists

iCRAG Funded Investigator and hydrogeologist Professor Bruce Misstear from Trinity College Dublin was elected as Secretary General of the International Association of Hydrogeologists this week at its congress in Montpellier France. The IAH is the world’s leading […]

iCRAG at 35th IGC

September 30th, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG at 35th IGC

An iCRAG contingent of Dr Steve Hollis, Dr Roisin Kyne, Dr Thomas Rielger, Dr Lingli Zhou and Oakley Turner attended and presented within the shadow of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, at the […]

The Evolution of Natural Resources

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on The Evolution of Natural Resources

iCRAG postdoctoral researcher, Dr Thomas Rigeler (iCRAG at TCD) has written an excellent blog post for On The Rocks on the evolution of natural resources and how exploring fro minerals is the oldest job on […]

iCRAG Centre Manager, Dr Jennifer Craig, features on Silicon Republic

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG Centre Manager, Dr Jennifer Craig, features on Silicon Republic

iCRAG Centre Manager Dr Jennifer Craig recently gave an interview to Silicon Republic as part of their series featuring real life scientists.

In her interview, Jennifer covers her experiences in the research sector and her subsequent […]

€500,000 awarded to iCRAG researcher to investigate calcite dating technique

August 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on €500,000 awarded to iCRAG researcher to investigate calcite dating technique

Dr David Chew from iCRAG, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded research centre in applied geosciences, has been announced as a recipient of the SFI Investigators Programme award, worth €500,000 over 5 years. The award […]

Dr Roisin Kyne on geoscience careers and diversity in STEM

July 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Dr Roisin Kyne on geoscience careers and diversity in STEM

iCRAG postdoctoral researcher Dr Roisin Kyne gave an excellent interview to Silicon Republic today as part of a series on the Real Faces of STEM.

In her intreview, Roisin covers diversity in the STEM sector, geoscience as a career […]

Underground at Arigna Mining Experience

July 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Underground at Arigna Mining Experience

This year, iCRAG, in partnership with UCD Science, is taking part in the Scientist’s Apprentice magazine series.
This series of magazines, which will be distributed with the Irish Independent in October and November will introduce primary […]

iCRAG Summit Recap

June 21st, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG Summit Recap

The inaugural iCRAG Summit took  place on June 8-9th 2016 at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Day 1 began with opening addresses by Prof John Walsh and Dr Jennifer Craig, which were followed by all project leads delivering updates on […]

iCRAG Newsletter May 2016

May 31st, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG Newsletter May 2016

The May 2016 edition of the iCRAG Newsletter is now available for download here.

 

iCRAG Goes Deep

May 30th, 2016|Comments Off on iCRAG Goes Deep

iCRAG Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Andy Wheeler is currently aboard the RV Celtic Explorer in the North Atlantic as part of the QuERCI II survey. As part of the survey, Prof. Wheeler and his team are […]

Prof. Balz Kamber featured on Newstalk Futureproof

May 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Prof. Balz Kamber featured on Newstalk Futureproof

Listen back to iCRAG Deputy Director Prof. Balz Kamber’s talk with Jonathan McCrea of Newstalk on the Origin of Life on earth (May 14th): http://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/Futureproof/Futureproof_with_Jonathan_McCrea/139613/Embryo_Research_Limits_The_Origins_of_Life__Newsround

This interview stemmed from Prof. Kamber’s recently published article “Chemostratigraphy of the […]

Prof. Balz Kamber’s Canadian study on zircon crystals

May 16th, 2016|Comments Off on 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 […]

ResearchFest 2016 launched

May 16th, 2016|Comments Off on 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 […]

iCRAG industry partners granted offshore licences

February 17th, 2016|Comments Off on 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 […]

iCRAG at IGRM 59 in NUIG

February 9th, 2016|Comments Off on 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 […]

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

February 1st, 2016|Comments Off on 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 […]

Research infrastructure success for iCRAG

January 12th, 2016|Comments Off on 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 […]

Prof. Peter Croot cruises the South Pacific

January 7th, 2016|Comments Off on 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 […]

Southern Regional Assembly visit iCRAG

December 21st, 2015|Comments Off on 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 […]

iCRAG officially launched by Minister Damien English

December 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on 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 […]

Minister Joe McHugh visits iCRAG Director Prof. John Walsh

December 1st, 2015|Comments Off on 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 […]

iCRAG researchers secure virtual microscope funding

November 26th, 2015|Comments Off on iCRAG researchers secure virtual microscope funding

The Geoscience e-Laboratory (Ge-LAB)
A group of iCRAG members (UCC, TCD, NUIG and UCD) in partnership with the Open University have just succeeded in securing substantial funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching […]

Science Week 2015 at iCRAG

November 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Science Week 2015 at iCRAG

This year’s Science Week (9-15th November) is packed to capacity with loads of events running at iCRAG!

Monday 9th and Friday 12th: iCRAG Education and Public Engagement Manager Fergus Mc Auliffe will be returning to the TV […]

Switch Energy Project at Science Expressions Film Festival

October 15th, 2015|Comments Off on Switch Energy Project at Science Expressions Film Festival

On Thursday November 12th at 6.30pm iCRAG will be screening the movie Switch in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin as part of Science Week. The event will be used to launch the Science Expressions […]

Rock Solid Science at NPC 2015

October 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Rock Solid Science at NPC 2015

iCRAG researchers Dr Aisling Soden (UCD) and Dr Aoife Braiden (GSI) brought their fantastic show Rock Solid Science to the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois on September 22nd. The show, which described and demonstrated some […]

VMSG Dublin 2016 registration open

September 4th, 2015|Comments Off on VMSG Dublin 2016 registration open

The 2016 VMSG conference takes place in Dublin in January 2016. The conference will be preceded by a full-day analytical workshop on January the 5th. This is open to a maximum of 24 postgraduate students and postdoctoral […]

iCRAG to attend the National Ploughing Championships

August 17th, 2015|Comments Off on iCRAG to attend the National Ploughing Championships

iCRAG will attend this year’s National Ploughing Championships on 22nd  September in Ratheniska, Co. Laois.

iCRAG will be at the dedicated Science Foundation Ireland stand and will be delivering a special geoscience workshop entitled Rock Solid […]

iCRAG Director takes part in Scientist and Oireachtas member pairing scheme

August 16th, 2015|Comments Off on iCRAG Director takes part in Scientist and Oireachtas member pairing scheme

Prof. John Walsh, iCRAG Director, is currently partaking in the Scientist-Minister pairing scheme. The scheme is a collaborative project between the Royal Irish Academy and the Houses of the Oireachtas, with funding support from the […]

Prof Andy Wheeler meets HRH Prince Charles

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

During Prince Charles’s May 2015 visit to the Marine Institute in Galway, iCRAG PI Prof. Andy Wheeler gave the prince a gift of a cut and polished fossil coral with a poignant personal message. The […]