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iCRAG Geosciences Seminar

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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, iCrag's 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. 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 UN Sustainable Development Goals particuarly within the context of the new EU programmes from 2021-2027 including Horizon Europe (HE), the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDIC) and others.

The seminar on 26 February 2019 will:

  • Present iCRAG achievements;
  • Examine initial concepts for HE and NDIC;
  • Propose key policy initiatives to enhance HE
  • Explore how future environment and climate regulations will 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.

The iCRAG seminar will take place on Tuesday 26 February 2019 from 09h00-14h30 at the Atrium, 14b Rue de la Science, Brussels 1040.

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