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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Mr.

Contact First Name: James

Contact Surname: Gaffey

Contact Address:

South Campus, IT Tralee, Ireland.

Telephone Contact Number: 0861544407

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: james.gaffey@staff.ittralee.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Institute of Technology, Tralee

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesgaffey/

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
James is Principal Investigator in Circular Bioeconomy at the Institute of Technology, Tralee (Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre). James is PI on BBI.JU.S2.2017 ICT-Biochain developing efficient biomass supply chains for bioeconomy regions. James is also coordinator of the EIP-Agri small-scale demo biorefinery project "biorefinery glas" - the project is one of Europe's first small-scale biorefinery projects. James has previously been biorefinery specialist on the EU Horizon 2020 AgriForValor Project focused on bringing farmers, foresters and rural regions into the bioeconomy. He previously worked at NUI Galway as part of the Bio-Éire team, providing the foundations for developing a National Bioeconomy Policy Statement. James has worked in the field of advanced biorefining since 2009 through work with Cellulac Ltd., Competence Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (NUI Galway), Sustainable Biopolymers Ltd., tcbb RESOURCE and Tralee Institute of Technology Tralee

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Circular economy, Circular bioeconomy, biorefinery, biobased, bioeconomy, small-scale biorefinery, farmer diversification, cascading

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
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

James is Principal Investigator in Circular Bioeconomy at the Institute of Technology, Tralee (Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre). James is PI on BBI.JU.S2.2017 ICT-Biochain developing efficient biomass supply chains for bioeconomy regions. James is also coordinator of the EIP-Agri small-scale demo biorefinery project "biorefinery glas" - the project is one of Europe's first small-scale biorefinery projects. James has previously been biorefinery specialist on the EU Horizon 2020 AgriForValor Project focused on bringing farmers, foresters and rural regions into the bioeconomy. He previously worked at NUI Galway as part of the Bio-Éire team, providing the foundations for developing a National Bioeconomy Policy Statement. James has worked in the field of advanced biorefining since 2009 through work with Cellulac Ltd., Competence Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (NUI Galway), Sustainable Biopolymers Ltd., tcbb RESOURCE and Tralee Institute of Technology Tralee


EU Research Partnerships

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

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


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

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

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

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Improve the knowledge base on the availability of raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

 Find alternatives for critical raw materials

 Improve societal awareness and skills on raw materials

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 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

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Cultural heritage

 Identifying resilience levels via observations, monitoring and modelling

 Providing for a better understanding on how communities perceive and respond to climate change and seismic and volcanic hazards

Focus Areas

 Personalising health and care

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

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

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

 Digital security

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

 Raw Materials

 Climate services

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

 Water

 Social Sciences & Humanities

 International cooperation

The following information was supplied about International Cooperation in SC5 Cross-cutting areas

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.

I am coordinator of EU first EIP-Agri Operational Group on small-scale biorefinery, demonstrating a small-scale multi-product biorefinery on farms across Ireland. I also worked as biorefinery specialist on the thematic network AgriForValor


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

James is Principal Investigator in Circular Bioeconomy at the Institute of Technology, Tralee (Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre). James is PI on BBI.JU.S2.2017 ICT-Biochain developing efficient biomass supply chains for bioeconomy regions. James is also coordinator of the EIP-Agri small-scale demo biorefinery project "biorefinery glas" - the project is one of Europe's first small-scale biorefinery projects. James has previously been biorefinery specialist on the EU Horizon 2020 AgriForValor Project focused on bringing farmers, foresters and rural regions into the bioeconomy. He previously worked at NUI Galway as part of the Bio-Éire team, providing the foundations for developing a National Bioeconomy Policy Statement. James has worked in the field of advanced biorefining since 2009 through work with Cellulac Ltd., Competence Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (NUI Galway), Sustainable Biopolymers Ltd., tcbb RESOURCE and Tralee Institute of Technology Tralee

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

Biorefinery Glas (small-scale biorefinery demo project) - EIP-Agri ICT-Biochain (efficient supply chains for bioeconomy regions) - BBI JU AgriForValor (thematic network on bioeconomy) - H2020 BioEire (bioeconomy feasibility study) - Ireland (Government Funded) Splash (sustainable algal polymers) - FP7 Fuel4Me (algae biodiesel) - FP7


LIFE and COST Actions





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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Biodiversity

 Environmental Governance and Information


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

n/a


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