Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: David

Contact Surname: Ryan

Contact Address:

EnviroCORE Dargan Centre, Institute of Technology Carlow, Kilkenny Road, Carlow Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 (0)59 91 75000

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Institute of Technology, Carlow

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Dr. David Ryan is a graduate of the National University of Ireland in Galway where he completed his undergraduate studies in biotechnology in the department of biochemistry. His PhD. in the environmental research unit at NUIG, under the supervision of Professor Emer Colleran, focused on microbial plasmid based metal resistance systems. Dr. Ryan’s research interests include the identification of new genes and pathways for microbial metal resistance, bioremediation and plant growth promotion and their application in developing enhanced phytoremediation and phytoprotection systems through the use of endophytic and rhizospheric microbial inoculation of biofuel crops. He has also worked on the development of microbial biosensors to detect both contamination and degradation of target compounds, was involved with a TSR Strand III project which saw the establishment of an Agribiotics research unit at ITC examining phytotechnologies for biofuel and bioenergy crops, hosted an IRC funded postdoctoral research project examining strategies for the acceleration and assessment of the decomposition of biodegradable municipal waste and is involved with an SFI funded TIDA grant for research into the development of a smart system for treatment of farmyard runoff and wastewater. Dr. Ryan is based at the EnviroCORE research unit at IT Carlow, is co-author on 24 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters and approximately seventy abstracts and conference proceedings. His research has resulted in the formation of a spin out campus-company at ITC, MicroGen biotech, with a focus on soil bioremediation.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Bioremediation Spin out company Microbiology Phytoremediation

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

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Involvement in EU-funded research projects

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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

 Systemic Eco-Innovation

 Nature-based Solutions

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

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 International cooperation

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Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

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LIFE and COST Actions

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