Geoscience Ireland is a consortium of companies arising from an interaction between State bodies (Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland), private consultancy companies and University research departments.
Geoscience Ireland is all about a new and improved kind of collaboration. There are major benefits to our clients which can be realised through a strongly collaborative approach among Irish companies in delivering technical expertise across the water resources, infrastructure, exploration, mining and environmental sectors, as well as the ‘softer’ supports of institutional capacity building, regulation and policy development in emerging economies.
Geoscience Ireland has its roots in the Geoscience Sector review undertaken in 2008 by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) through a series of seminars and meetings. The review recognised the economic importance of geosciences in Ireland and globally, and highlighted increased collaboration and interaction between industry, government and academia as a key component of the successful delivery of geoscience projects.
At a subsequent meeting between the Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, the idea for Geoscience Ireland was born.
The companies and organisations involved in Geoscience Ireland have overlapping expertise so they can come together to win significant international projects. Working abroad is nothing new to the companies involved, given that they have a network of international offices in UK, Africa, North America and elsewhere. Staff in the consortium companies have worked extensively internationally in private sector mineral exploration, public infrastructural developments, and with multilateral development agencies on institutional strengthening and capacity building.
The recent opening of a new Enterprise Ireland office in Johannesburg, SA, compliments the international network of consortium member offices, and provides a base for Geoscience Ireland to do business in southern Africa.