Current membership of the IRSA consists of the following individual research staff associations:
|ARCS: Association of Research Contract Staff (UCC).|
|DuCRA: DCU Contract Researchers Association..|
|GRSA: NUIG Research Staff Association.|
|SMDBPS: School of medicine, dentistry and biomedical society postdoc society (Queen's University Belfast).|
|TRSA: Trinity Research Staff Association.|
|UCDRSA: UCD Research Staff Association.|
|University of Limerick RSA.|
The IRSA members meet regularly in order to further the purpose and activities of the Organisation, provide a forum for open discussion of issues relevant to members, and debate the policies and vision of the Organisation. The meeting location is decided by the member holding the chair of the Association. Meetings are attended by up to 3 representatives of each member research staff association.
A research staff association of any third level institution in Ireland can apply to become a member of the IRSA. To apply for membership, please contact IRSA.email@example.com.
Below a short biography is given for the IRSA Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and International Officer.
|Dr. John Walsh: Chairperson [firstname.lastname@example.org]|
Dr. John Walsh is a contract researcher with the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin. John also lectures with the School of Education, Trinity College.
John’s research interests include the history of Irish education, church-state relations in modern Ireland, business and family history, European integration in the late twentieth century and the influence of international organisations on social change in post war Europe. His publications include Patrick Hillery: the official biography (New Island Press, 2008) and The Politics of Expansion: a study of educational policy in the Republic of Ireland 1957-72 (Manchester University Press, 2009).
|Dr. Sara Morrissey: Vice-Chairperson [email@example.com]|
Dr. Sara Morrissey is a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), School of Computing. Following an undgraduate in Applied Computational Linguistics at DCU (BSc. Hons. 2004), she received her PhD from DCU in 2008 with a thesis on Data-driven Machine Translation for Sign Languages. Her current post-doc research is centred on machine translation, with a dual focus on domain tuning and minority languages, including sign langauges. Sara is also the post-doc and contract researcher representative in the School of Computing and sits at School Meetings and School Research Committee meetings.
|Dr. Fionnuala Hickey: Secretary [firstname.lastname@example.org]|
|Fionnuala is the current secretary of the Irish Research Staff Association, Vice-chair of
the UCD Research Staff Association and a member of the Euroscience Ireland executive
committee. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Genetics at Trinity
College Dublin in 2000 and a PhD in Biochemistry at University College Cork in 2005.
Fionnuala has also spent time at Duke University and the University of Chicago. She is
currently based in the Diabetes Research Centre at the UCD Conway Institute where
she holds a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Irish Health Research Board.
Her research focuses on diabetic kidney disease, with a specific focus on the role of
|Dr. Karen Duffy: Treasurer [email@example.com]|
Karen Duffy completed a B.Sc. (Hons, 1.1) degree in microbiology in NUI-Galway in 1994. She graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Microbiology NUI-Galway in 2001, her thesis work studied the physiological response and regulation of heat-shock proteins in the food-borne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni in response to various applied stresses. Karen moved to University College Dublin in 2000 where she worked on a project funded by a major European pharmaceutical company to develop a diagnostic immunoassay for detection of prions in fractionated bovine blood. Following this, Karen moved back to Galway to work on FIRM-funded project for the development & optimization of real-time PCR molecular detection assays for detection of DNA of a number of food pathogens in various foodstuffs based in the National Diagnostic Centre (2001-2003). In 2002, Karen completed a part-time Diploma in Quality Management awarded by Excellence Ireland Quality Association. She next worked as a Product Development Biochemist with Cambridge Diagnostics Ireland, Galway working on the conceptual design and development of a novel detection medical device and diagnostic immunoassay for detection of the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogens in saliva. Next, Karen worked on a project investigating the pathogenesis of liver disease based at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin. Karen joined REMEDI as GMP Facility Manager in 2005, since this time she has been actively working to bring the GMP Facility to EU GMP standards and to obtain licensed-status from the Irish Medicines Board for manufacture of Investigational Medicinal Product for human clinical trials. Karen has just concluded a 2-year part-time Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course in J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics NUI, Galway.
|Dr. Gordon Dalton: International Officer [firstname.lastname@example.org]|
Gordon Dalton graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 with a degree in Electronic engineering. He completed a PhD in Civil and environmental engineering in the University of Queensland, Australia in 2007. His thesis topic was “Perceptions, performance and economics of renewable energy for Australian tourism accommodation”. Gordon started his position in HMRC in 2008, funded under the Charles Parson Award. His research area is the economics and social-economics of ocean renewable energy. Gordon is also the Chair of the UCC branch of the association, ARCS.