The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) is to have a new Director. Koen Verbruggen, who was Acting Director of GSI and Chairman of Geoscience Ireland, has been appointed Director of GSI. Koen graduated with a BSc in Geology, followed by an MSc in Petroleum Geology, both at University College Dublin. He then worked for 15 years in the resource industry internationally, mainly in mineral exploration, including living and working in Canada, Australia and Africa.
Koen joined the GSI in 2000, initially working as a Minerals Geologist, then managing the Information Management Programme. He joined GSI Senior Management in 2005, where one of his main tasks has been managing INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for Sustainable Development of Irelands Marine Resource), the Irish national marine mapping programme run in conjunction with the Marine Institute and successor to GSI’s Irish National Seabed Survey.
Koen Verbruggen is currently Chair of the Geoscience Ireland initiative, and Irish representative to European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling and EuroGeoSurveys. He became Acting Director of GSI in March 2012 and was appointed Director in January 2013.
Commenting on the appointment, Sean Finlay of Geoscience Ireland said
“The appointment of Koen Verbruggen as Director of GSI is welcome news for Geoscience Ireland. As Acting Director of GSI, Koen was an enthusiastic champion and Chairman of Geoscience Ireland, which is sponsored by GSI and supported by Enterprise Ireland. The members of Geoscience Ireland look forward to his continuing role as Chairman and wish him every success in his new position as Director of GSI.”