EU Commissioner Launches Ryan Institute at NUI Galway

Former Under Secretary for Energy with the Obama administration, Dr Kris Johnson, is one of the newly appointed Advisory Board for NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute. The Advisory Panel met in NUI Galway this week to coincide with official launch of the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

Dr Johnson is joined on the board by Dr Aaron Bernstein of Harvard Medical School, Dr Lisa Amini of IBM, Dr Niall McDonough of the European Science Foundation and Dr James Cunningham of NUI Galway. Dr Johnson was Under Secretary for Energy at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC until end-2010.

The Ryan Institute has over 300 researchers making it Ireland’s largest research institute to focus on some of the most pressing environmental and energy issues of the 21st century.

The official launch coincided with a public symposium entitled ‘Green Shift, Blue Growth, Bright Future?’ featuring leading international experts in the environmental marine, energy and smart infrastructure research. The event was also addressed by Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.


Pictured at NUI Galway for the launch of the Ryan Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy Research is Dr Colin Browne, Director of the Ryan Insitute, displaying deep sea coral to EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn.

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