2011 Judges

Judging Panels 2011

Each year, The Undergraduate Awards relies on the extraordinary work of our network of judges from around the world. The Undergraduate Awards extends our most sincere thanks to the academics, alumni and industry representatives listed below.


Ireland & Northern Ireland Category Judges

Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

Chair: Dr Eugenie Regan, National Biodiversity Data Centre

Dr. Eugenie Regan is an ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre. She has a degree in environmental science and a PhD in ecology both from the National University of Ireland, Galway and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2005. Her current work includes project managing national biodiversity projects, communication and research. Eugenie has published widely on Ireland’s biodiversity including over 20 scientific papers and articles in the Irish Times and edits the magazine, Biodiversity Ireland. Her research interests include biodiversity and ecosystem services, biodiversity and climate change, wetland ecosystems, insect conservation and migration, and biodiversity hotspots. Most recent projects include the Irish Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, Ireland’s Biodiversity in 2010: State of Knowledge, and Irish Pests and Disease Vectors database.

  • Dr. James MoranInstitute of Technology Sligo
  • Dr. Julian ReynoldsTrinity College Dublin

Ancient & Classical Studies

Chair: Dr. Christine Morris, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Christine Morris is the Andrew A. David Senior Lecturer in Greek Archaeology and History at Trinity College Dublin. She joined the Department of Classics at TCD in 1994. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age and goddesses in ancient societies. She is the Trinity representative on the Managing Committee of the Irish Institute of the Hellenic Studies at Athens, and co-edited the Institute’s first publication, The Lure of Greece. Irish Involvement in Greek Culture, Literature, History and Politics (2007).

  • Prof. Anna Chahoud, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Kieran McGroarty, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Dr. Amanda KellyNational University of Ireland, Galway

Business & Economics

Chair: Dr. Ann Torres & Mary Barrett, National University of Ireland Galway

Ann M. Torres (BA, MBA, PhD) is a lecturer in Marketing at the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics and the Vice Dean of Internationalisation for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research interests lie in the convergence of strategy, entrepreneurship and marketing practices. In this context, she is curious about the confluence between e-marketing and marketing communications, as well as between organisational strategy and innovative marketing practice. Her interest in negotiating theory and practice adds an additional dimension to these topics. In the past few years she has been studying negotiations at Harvard Negotiation Institute and Pepperdine University. With respect to her publications, she is recognised as an accomplished case writer, earning more than a half-dozen awards for her work. Dr. Torres obtained an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD from Trinity College Dublin.Mary Barrett (BA, MBS, FCCA) is a lecturer in Accounting at the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mary has worked as an accountant in practice for a number of years before pursuing an academic career.  Her research interest is in all aspects of accounting in SMEs, in particular how accounting systems develop and evolve as SMEs grow and the role of accountants in accounting systems development.

  • Dr. Srinivas Raghavendra, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. Paul Donnelly, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Cian Twomey, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Joanne MurphyQueen’s University Belfast
  • Lorraine Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Sandra Brosnan, University College Cork

Celtic Studies & Irish

Chair: Prof. Liam Mac Mathúna, University College Dublin

Liam Mac Mathúna is Professor of Irish and Head of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics. He has published widely in Ireland and abroad on many aspects of Irish language scholarship. His most recent books are Béarla sa Ghaeilge, a study of the use made of English in Irish language texts, 1600-1900 (2007) and a critical edition of Séadna by An tAthair Peadar Ua Laoghaire (2011). He is chair of Coiste Léann na Gaeilge in the Royal Irish Academy and editor of Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies, published by the National University of Ireland.Tá Liam Mac Mathúna ina Ollamh le Gaeilge agus ina Cheann ar Scoil na Gaeilge, an Léinn Cheiltigh, Bhéaloideas Éireann agus na Teangeolaíochta, An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath. Tá mórán saothar foilsithe aige in Éirinn agus thar lear ar léann na Gaeilge. D’fhoilsigh sé Béarla sa Ghaeilge, staidéar ar an úsáid a baineadh as an mBéarla i dtéacsanna Gaeilge, 1600-1900 (2007) agus eagrán criticiúil de Séadna leis an Athair Peadar Ua Laoghaire (2011). Tá sé ina Chathaoirleach ar Choiste Léann na Gaeilge in Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann agus ina eagarthóir ar Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies, a fhoilsíonn Ollscoil na hÉireann.

  • Dr. Fionntán de BrúnUniversity of Ulster
  • Dr. Brian Ó Catháin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Dr. Pádraigín Riggs, University College Cork
  • Dr. Regina Uí Chollatáin, University College Dublin
  • Tomás Ó Ruairc Uasal, Director of Translation Service, Dept. Of Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs

Computer Science & Information Studies

Chair: Prof. Jonathan Blackledge, Dublin Institute of Technology

Funded by the Science Foundation Ireland, Jonathan Blackledge is the Stokes Professor with primary responsibility for developing the research portfolio in the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at Dublin Institute of Technology – http://eleceng.dit.ie/blackledge. Emphasis is on the applications of Digital Signal Processing in Information and Communications Technology, from fundamental research through to product development. Research interests include Cryptology, medical imaging, computational finance and renewable energy technology.

  • Prof. Eugene Coyle, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Sekharjit Datta, Loughborough University
  • Prof. Timo HämäläinenUniversity of Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • Dr. Keith Hopcraft, Nottingham University
  • Prof. Stanislaw Janeczko, Warsaw University of Technology and Polish Academy of Science
  • Dr. Marek Rebow, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Prof. Michael RycroftCranfield University
  • Prof. Isabella VenterUniversity of Western Cape, South Africa

Engineering & Mechanical Sciences

Chair: Barry Leach, Cork Institute of Technology

Barry Leach is retired Head of School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Cork Institute of Technology. Barry has been involved in engineering education for 34 years. He worked in consulting engineering for nine years before embarking on his career in education. His academic qualifications were acquired through the professional engineering examination route. He obtained a Masters Degree in Training from Leicester University. He has worked in Africa for five years for Ireland’s Bi-lateral Aid Programme and the United Nations on a variety of engineering, educational and training development programmes. He continues to work as an expert to the European Union – Life Long Learning Programme. He is a Chartered Fellow of Engineers Ireland and holds the title Eur. Ing. from FEANI.

  • Prof. Marie O’Neill, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Marcus Keane, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. David KennedyDublin Institute of Technology
  • Kieran GrahamGeneral Manager Operations Support, British Airways Engineering
  • Dr. Michael WalshUniversity of Limerick

English Language & Literature

Chair: Prof. Jan Jedrzejewski, University of Ulster

Educated at the University of ºódï, Poland, and Worcester College, Oxford, Prof. Jam Jedrzejewski is now a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Head of the School of English and History at the University of Ulster. He has published two monographs, Thomas Hardy and the Church (1996) and George Eliot (2007), and several papers on Victorian literature and Anglo-Polish and Hiberno-Polish literary relations; he has also edited Hardy’s Outside the Gates of the World: Selected Short Stories (51996), Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s The Cock and Anchor (2000), and a Polish translation of Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2006).

  • Dr. Shane Alcobia-Murphy, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr. Scott BrewsterUniversity of Salford
  • Prof. Brian Caraher, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Prof. Claire Connolly, Cardiff University
  • Prof Peter Denman, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Prof. Nicholas Grene, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Anne Jamison, University of Ulster
  • Dr. Paddy Lyons, University of Glasgow
  • Prof. Robert Welch, University of Ulster

Historical Studies

Chair: Dr. Emmet O’Connor, University of Ulster

Emmet O’Connor is a graduate of University College, Galway and St John’s College, Cambridge, and is a senior lecturer in the School of English and History in the University of Ulster, Magee College, Derry, where he teaches history and politics. He co-edited Saothar, the journal of the Irish Labour History Society for many years, is honorary president of the Labour History Society, and has published widely on Irish labour history, including A Labour History of Ireland, 1824-2000 (UCD, 2011). He is currently working on a biography of Big Jim Larkin.

  • Dr. James Loughlin, University of Ulster, Magee College
  • Dr. John Cunningham, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. Donal Ó Drisceoil, University College Cork
  • Dr. Éamonn Ó Ciardha, Visiting Professor, University of Saarland
  • Prof. Mícheál Ó Síochrú, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Edward James, University College Dublin
  • Prof. Alan SharpProfessor Emeritus, University of Ulster
  • Dr. Leonie Murray, University of Ulster, Magee College
  • Dr. Norrie la Porte, University of Glamorgan
  • Prof. Geoffrey Roberts, University College Cork
  • Dr. Elizabeth Crooke, University of Ulster, Magee College
  • Prof. Ian Thatcher, University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus
  • Dr. Phil Hendrick, University of Ulster, Emeritus

International Relations & Politics

Chair: Dr. John O’Brennan, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Dr. John O’Brennan is Lecturer in European Politics and Society at NUI Maynooth, and director and founding member of the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe (www.widereurope.ie). He has lectured at the University of Limerick and held fellowships at the EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris and the Varna Economics University, Bulgaria. He is the author ofThe Eastern Enlargement of the European Union (Routledge, 2006); National Parliaments within the European Integration Process: from ‘victims’ of Integration to Competitive Actors?(Routledge, 2007). He has published extensively in international refereed journals such as the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, European Political Science, Global Society,the Journal of European Integration, the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Parliamentary Affairs. He is also a regular contributor to the domestic and international media including RTE, TV3, BBC World Service, France 24, Open Democracy, Die Welt, El Tiempo, Gazeta Wyborcza, the Guardian, the Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post and the Japan Times amongst other media outlets.

  • Prof. David Farrell, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Elaine Byrne, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Mary C.Murphy, University College Cork
  • Dr. Andrew Shorten, University of Limerick

Languages & Linguistics

Chair: Dr. Daragh O’Connell, University College Cork

Dr Daragh O’Connell (UCC) is a Lecturer in the Italian Department (UCC). His main areas of research are Sicilian literature, Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan culture and Dante. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies (SIS) and CLAI (Comparative Literature Association of Ireland). He is also Honorary Secretary of the Society for Pirandello Studies.

  • Dr. Paul Hegarty, University College Cork
  • Dr. Aidan Doyle, University College Cork
  • Prof. Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Kerstin Fest, University College Cork
  • Stephen BoydUniversity College Cork
  • Dr. Michael G. Kelly, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Helena Buffery, University College Cork
  • Dr. Martin Howard, University College Cork
  • Dr. Breffni O’Rourke, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Nuala Finnegan, University College Cork
  • Dr. Angela Ryan, University College Cork


Chair: Prof. Brice Dickson, Queen’s University Belfast

Brice Dickson is Professor of International and Comparative Law at Queen’s University Belfast. He was formerly the first Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (1999-2005) and the foundation Professor of Law at the University of Ulster (1991-99). A graduate of Oxford, he was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1976 and has since been a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Fordham University in New York, the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne. He publishes mainly in the fields of human rights, judicial activism and legal systems.

  • Dr. Niamh Connolly, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Brenda DalyDublin City University
  • Suzanne Egan, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Venkat Iyer, University of Ulster
  • Dr. Neil Maddox, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Prof. John Mee, University College Cork
  • Shivaun Quinlivan, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. Mary Rogan, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Dermot Walsh, University of Limerick
  • Donncha Conway2010 winner of the Undergraduate Award Law category

Life Sciences

Chair: Prof. Rhodri Ceredig, National University of Ireland Galway

Rhodri Ceredig graduated in medicine from Birmingham University and obtained a PhD in immunology from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, University of Melbourne. After posts at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne, the John Curtin School of Medical Research Canberra, Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg and Basel Institute for Immunology, he became Directeur de Recherches in INSERM and is now Science Foundation of Ireland Stokes Professor of Immunology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, based in the Regenerative Medicine Institute.

  • Prof. Elizabeth SimpsonFRS, Imperial College, London
  • Dr. Geoffrey Brown, University of Birmingham
  • Dr. Aoife O’Donovan, University of California, San Francisco
  • Prof. Bob Michell, University of Birmingham
  • Prof. Matt Griffin, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Prof. Benjamin Bradley, Honorary Professor of Transplantation Sciences, University of Bristol

Medical Sciences

Chair: Prof. David Jones, Queen’s University Belfast

David Jones was appointed to the Chair in Biomaterial Science in 1999. He leads (with Prof. Gorman) the Biomaterials Programme within the Drug Delivery and Biomaterials Group. His research interests are centred on the design, synthesis, formulation and characterisation of advanced medical devices and implantable/topical drug delivery systems. He is a former winner of the Eli Lilly Award and the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Medal.  Prof. Jones is currently a Royal Society Industrial Fellow.

  • Dr. Gavin Andrews, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Gavin Jarvis, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Helen McCarthy, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Helen Sheridan, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Helen Whelton, University College Cork
  • Dr. James Burrows, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Juliette Hussey, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Ryan Donnelly, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Stephen Byrne, University College Cork
  • Prof. Tracy Robson, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Wijnand van TilburgUniversity of Limerick
  • Dr. Andrew Harkin, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Edward Johns, University College Cork

Modern Cultural Studies

Chair: Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon, Athlone Institute of Technology

Marian Fitzgibbon has been Head of the School of Humanities in Athlone Institute of Technology since 2001.  Her primary and first postgraduate qualification (MA in French, 1981) came from University College Cork where she was a Honan Scholar as well as the recipient of a general UCC Entrance Scholarship.  She has an MBA from the Open University in 1996 and as a Newman Scholar completed a PhD in the Faculty of Commerce (Smurfit Business School) from 1996 to 1999. She is also the Taoiseach’s nominee on the Board of the National Library of Ireland.

  • Dr. Mairéad Seery, Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Eibhlis Farrell, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Siún Hanrahan, National College of Art and Design
  • Helen Doherty, Trinity College Dublin
  • Anthony Roche, University College Dublin
  • Dr. David Irwin, Institute of Technology Tallaght

Nursing & Midwifery

Chair: Prof. John Wells, Waterford Institute of Technology

Professor John Wells, PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), PGDip(Ed),RPN, RNT trained as a mental health nurse at Springfield Hospital London, qualifying in 1988. In 1998 he moved to Waterford and was appointed head of the Department of Nursing at Waterford Institute of Technology in 2005. His research interests include mental health policy and ‘street level’ bureaucracy; work related stress and the social integration of people with mental health problems through employment. In September he concluded a three year EU funded project on how mental health workers in the rehabilitation sector manage work related stress. He is currently collaborating in research looking at ‘over the counter’ medication misuse.

  • Prof. Tony ButterworthCBE, University of Lincoln and NHS
  • Prof. Dianne Cooney Miner, St John Fisher College USA
  • Prof. Imelda Coyne, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Harry Gijbels, University College Cork
  • Myles Hackett, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Orla Mcalinden, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Therese Meehan, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Pearse Murphy, Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Maura Pidgeon, CEO ABA
  • Deirdre McGrath, Queen’s University Belfast

Philosophical Studies

Chair: Prof. Peter Simons, Trinity College Dublin

Peter Simons studied mathematics and philosophy at Manchester before teaching in Bolton, Salzburg (Austria) and Leeds. He is current Chair of Moral Philosophy (1837) at Trinity College Dublin. His research centres on metaphysics (pure and applied), logic and its history, and the history of philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special emphasis on Austria and Poland. A Fellow of the British Academy, he has written two books, Parts (1987), and Philosophy and Logic in Central Europe from Bolzano to Tarski (1992), co-edited several others, and published over 200 essays.

  • Dr. Zuleika Rodgers, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Benjamin Jarvis, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Christopher CowleyUniversity College Dublin
  • Dr. Cyril McDonnellNational University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Fr. Simon F. NolanNational University of Ireland, Maynooth

Physical Sciences

Chair: Prof. Paul Callanan, University College Cork

Completed his Ph.D in 1987 from NUI Galway and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He then went on to Oxford University, Department of Astrophysics as a Research Associate 1987-1991, followed by a stint at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as a Research Associate and Hubble Fellow from 1991-1996. Appointed as a College Lecturer in UCC in 1996, Paul is presently a Professor in the Department of Physics there. His general field of investigation is Multiwavelength studies of Interacting Binaries – X-ray Binaries, Cataclysmic Variables and Pulsars.Prof Callanan is author or co-author of ~70 refereed papers in this field (with a comparable number of additional conference papers, etc). He has served on review committees for the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, XMM-Newton, and Chandra, ground based facilities (e.g. PATT) in addition to other peer-review duties. He has been Chair of the Astronomical Science Group of Ireland, and served as Secretary, and currently Chair, of the Astronomy and Space Science Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. He also coordinates the Astrophysics degree programme in UCC, and has overseen the restoration of the Crawford Observatory (1880) in UCC.

  • Dr. Ray Butler, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. Bettie Higgs, University College Cork
  • Dr. Paddy McCarthy, University College Cork
  • Dr. Humphrey Moynihan, University College Cork
  • Dr. Simon Lawrence, University College Cork
  • Dr. Mike Lyons, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Andrea Erxleben, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. Simon Elliott, Tyndall Institute
  • Dr. Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Waterford Institute of Technolog
  • Dr. Eilish McLoughlan, Dublin City University
  • Dr. Donagh O’Mahony, Tyndall Institute
  • Prof. Eoin O’Reill, Tyndall Institute
  • Dr. Tom Carroll, University College Cork


Chair: Dr. Rachel Msetfi, University of Limerick

Rachel Msetfi completed her PhD on depression and causal learning at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. She took up a lectureship in psychology at the same institution in 2004, teaching mainly statistics and psychopathology, before moving on to the University of Lancaster where she was part of a team delivering doctoral training in clinical psychology. Rachel is now a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of Limerick. Rachel Msetfi’s on-going research programme examines the processes involved in learning and perception, in relation to individual differences, intervention and culture. She also has considerable expertise in blended and E-Learning.

  • Dr. Mark Elliot, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. James Erskine, St Georges University of London
  • Dr. Nathalie Fouquet, Swansea University
  • Dr. Stephen Gallagher, University of Limerick
  • Prof. Diana Eugenie Kornbrot, University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr. Avril Nash, University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr. Jane Simpson, University of Lancaster
  • Dr. Caroline Wade, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Xu WangLeeds Metropolitan University

Social Studies

Chair: Dr. Cormac Forkan, National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr. Cormac Forkan lectures in the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway, where he takes students for sociology, classical social thought, youth development and family studies, quantitative research methods and child protection and welfare.  His research interests are in youth work, adolescent development, social support and evidence-based practice for community-based youth and family interventions. He is also a member of the Child and Family Research Centre in the University.

  • Dr. Brian Conway, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Dr. Katy Hayward, Queens University Belfast
  • Dr. Martin Power, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Mark Brennan, Pennsylvania State University, US
  • Dr. Ashling Jackson, Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Niamh Hourigan, University College Cork
  • Dr. Nicola Carr, Queens University Belfast
  • Dr. Margaret O’Keeffe, Cork Institute of Technology

Teacher Education

Chair: Dr. Brian Cummins, Stranmillis University College

Dr. Brian Cummins is a Principal Lecturer in Education in Stranmillis University College Belfast, and prior to this he taught Technology & Design in the Post-Primary sector. He has a particular interest in curriculum design, innovation and implementation. He is the College Co-ordinator for Widening Participation and is currently leading a number of projects aimed at raising educational aspirations within underachieving communities and also promoting ‘Males into Teaching’. For the past 20 years Brian has been involved in research, application and promotion of enterprise/entrepreneurship education within schools and colleges. He is currently a regional Chair of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.

  • Derek Anderson, Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Gary Cullen, Wholeschool.tv
  • Martin Hagan, St Mary’s University College
  • Dr. Goretti Nakabugo, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr. Bernadette ni Aingleis, St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University
  • Dr. Noel Purdy, Stranmillis University College
  • Dr. Michael Ryan, Tipperary Institute
  • Dr. Maureen Thatcher, Stranmillis University College
  • Eugene Toolan, St. Angela’s College


International Category Judges

Human Rights

Chair: Prof. William Schabas, Middlesex University

William A. Schabas is professor of international law at Middlesex University in London. He is also professor of human rights law at the National University of Ireland Galway and an honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in Beijing. He is the author of more than 20 books and 300 journal articles, on such subjects as the abolition of capital punishment, genocide and the international criminal tribunals. Professor Schabas was a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights, president of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association and chair of the Institute for International Criminal Investigation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Royal Irish Academy and holds several honorary doctorates.

Social Media

Chair: Dr. Theo Lynn, Dublin City University and DCU Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre

Dr. Theo Lynn is the Director of the LINK Research Centre at Dublin City University and is Director of Industry Engagement at DCU Business School. Theo leads the Techspectations initiative, a research and outreach programme that investigates how technology, and specifically e-learning and digital marketing, can serve as a catalyst for innovation in SMEs and educational institutions. Theo has established and sold a number of ICT companies and advises a number of domestic and international organisations.


Chair: Prof. Brian Motherway, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Prof. Brian Motherway is Chief Operations Officer and Head of Strategy in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He has overall responsibility for SEAI operations, performance and impacts, strategic planning, and its work in clean technology and enterprise. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Sociology. He has published a number of articles on the topics of sustainability governance and environmental attitudes and behaviour.

  • Tara Connolly, SEAI Board Member and Environmental Policy Coordinator at VOICE
  • Eanna Ni Lamhna, Independent sustainability expert and wildlife author.
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