I am delighted to be back at the helm of the Marine Institute after a challenging 2021. We face into an exciting year as we welcome our new research vessel RV Tom Crean into the family; host the ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) Annual Science Conference in Dublin and develop a new Strategic Plan (2023 to 2027).
We will keep a firm focus on the wellbeing of our staff as we face into the challenges of the post COVID pandemic return to the office and the crafting of a hybrid work policy. Our people will continue to implement and take positive actions to support our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
The organisation will continue to provide the highest standards of robust, impartial, transparent and timely services (advice, data and policy support) to our many clients, but particularly to DAFM (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine) and other Government Departments.
Guided by our Research Framework, we will continue to secure national and international funding that allow our scientists to engage in a broad range of research projects that enhance the services provided by the organisation. We will engage with and partner a broad range of international organisations e.g. EU Commission, JPI Oceans – (Joint Programme Initiative), ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Seas), OSPAR (Oslo Paris Commission) and the European Marine Board that enhance international cooperation, support our services and research activity and enhance the reputation and influence of the Marine Institute.
We will continue to operate to the highest standards of Corporate Governance and ensure the wise use of our funds and skilled human resource, keeping a firm focus on our strategic priorities.
Dr. Paul L. Connolly,
CEO, The Marine Institute.