Dr Peter Heffernan is the Chief Executive of the Marine Institute, Ireland’s national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation.
The Marine Institute spans a number of service areas for Government and acts as a research performer and science advisor, as well as a national funder and catalyst for innovation and development. This breath of service provision affords the Marine Institute a unique integrated appreciation of the potential of the marine resource for sustainable development.
Since its establishment (1991), the Institute has bridged an 80-year historical infrastructure deficit in national marine research facilities, including the delivery of two custom built multi-purpose Research Vessels and the Deepwater Remotely Operated Vehicle:
- 31m RV Celtic Voyager (1997)
- 65m RV Celtic Explorer (2003)
- ROV Holland I (2009)
Dr Heffernan was a member of the Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (ICSTI); a Board member of the Ireland-Newfoundland Partnership; a national member of the European Science Foundation Marine Board and was host of the very successful EurOCEAN 2004 Conference. In October 2003, he was awarded the RNLI Maritime Person of the Year Award. Dr Heffernan accepted an appointment as Adjunct Professor in Marine Science at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2006. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) in November 2006 and received the NUI Galway Alumni Foundation Award for Natural Sciences in 2008.
The Office of the CEO
The Office of the CEO provides overall direction and coordination of foresight, strategic and research planning activities at national and international level. It works in association with the Marine Institute service groups and other national and international organisations.