ABOUT BEACON

BEACON is Ireland’s national Bioeconomy Research Centre, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. The Centre was formally launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD on 19 October 2018. Researcher-led ‘platform’ projects and industry partnered ‘targeted’ projects work to develop a sustainable Irish bioeconomy that seeks to increase resource efficiency by using food processing and marine residues and side streams, and produce value-added materials and products that can be used in chemicals, materials, and nutrition. BEACON’s science and technology expertise complements our research on bioeconomy policy and societal and commercial perspectives.

CENTRE GOALS

Pursue excellence in research, new discovery and innovation for the bioeconomy

Build capacity with industry partners to strengthen and scale the bioeconomy in Ireland

Build a collaborative network to advance bioeconomy science and innovation

Accelerate translation of our research and transition to a circular economy

Create future leaders for the bioeconomy

Engage, inspire and involve the public with our research

WHO WE ARE

We connect and collaborate across five research performing organisations:

 

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CONTACT

Director

Professor Kevin O’Connor

T +353 (0) 1 716 2198

E kevin.oconnor@ucd.ie

Executive Director

Derek O’Brien

T +353 (0) 1 716 2949

E derek.obrien@beaconcentre.ie

Deputy Director

Professor Nick Holden

T +353 (0) 1 716 7460

E nick.holden@ucd.ie

Communications

Dr Erin O’Rourke

T +353 (0) 1 716 2691

E erin.orourke@beaconcentre.ie

BEACON

O’Brien Centre for Science (East)

University College Dublin Belfield

Dublin D04 V1W8

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BEACON is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.