Dr Conor O'Carroll

Dr Conor O'Carroll


Irish Universities Association, Chair, EC Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility

Job title

Director Research



Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2013: Realising the Potential of Researchers
Sessions and workshops

Beyond Training:  Strategic approaches to enable researchers to deliver personal impact



As Research Director at the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Dr. O'Carroll is responsible for the coordination of research policy across all seven Irish universities. He represents Ireland on the FP7 Marie Curie (People) Programme, elected Chair of the European Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility and runs the EURAXESS Network in Ireland.

He is a physicist by training with a B.Sc., M.Sc. in Mathematical Physics and PhD in Physics from University College Dublin. During his research career he has been internationally mobile having done his doctoral research in Italy and worked for both academia and industry in Ireland, Scotland and Germany. He has worked in different sectors including petroleum engineering and nuclear technology (at the EC Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe). He has extensive experience of policy formulation having worked in the European Commission's DG Research and with the Irish science policy advisory agency Forfás. He has also deep experience of the operations of funding agencies through his time on the Marie Curie Programme, Enterprise Ireland funding schemes and Science Foundation Ireland. He has acts as a peer reviewer for the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, Department of Agriculture and Food, Science Foundation Ireland and the European Commission. He is a columnist with the national daily "Irish Times" on research policy issues.

He is currently chairing the European Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility that focuses on researcher career development as part of the European Research Area (ERA). He has led the development of the European Framework for Research Careers (EFRC) and the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training (PIDT).

He coordinates national projects on structured PhD programmes in the Irish universities. He leads a project analysing national research performance through bibliometric analysis. His research interests are methods of doctoral training and the development and impact of national / European R&D policy.