Geoscience Ireland

Ireland: Eastern and Midland (Ireland)
Andrew Gaynor
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Overview

About us

Geoscience Ireland (GI) is a cluster of 40 companies, delivering collaborative expertise in water, minerals, environmental and infrastructure development to commercial clients in over 75 countries. The cluster is supported by two State Agencies: Geological Survey Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

Operating under a cluster dynamic, GI was founded on a belief of shared effort, collaboration, innovation, combined resources and stakeholder support. The overarching aims of GI are to develop the Irish geoscience SME sector through:

  • sharing knowledge and the networking effect,
  • increasing Irelands ratio of project wins overseas through managed collaboration,
  • investing in and delivering on R&D projects, and
  • stimulating job growth and economic activity in the geoscience sector.

In order to deliver on these ambitions, GI provides systems of support to facilitate and develop the cluster including:

  • hosting regular workshops where members share market and export knowledge,
  • undertaking Market Visit Studies to identify overseas networks and clusters,
  • facilitating interactive sessions for members to develop trust and to welcome new cluster members,
  • deliberating on the common goal that Ireland is a centre of geoscience excellence,
  • providing a forum for members to put forward ideas on the clusters future directions,
  • identifying tender and project opportunities whereby GI Members can respond with a collaborative approach to winning business,
  • marketing and branding, and
  • a uniform approach to accessing European institutions and donor agencies.

This well-managed system of supports recognises the human factors involved in developing industry. Through careful management and support, the GI Member Companies have developed and continue to grow a trusting and open relationship with other cluster members. This network approach enables SMEs to grow and for the Irish geoscience sector to develop and become part of the global community.

Established - 01 September 2012
Staff in the management team - 1-5

Cluster composition

  • 40
    Cluster Members
  • 35
    SME's
  • 1
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 5
    Large Companies
  • 5
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Number of civil society members
  • 5
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Geoscience Ireland (GI) has a number of Case Studies available online (www.http://www.geoscience.ie/case-studies/) that showcases projects won in overseas markets through a combination of collaboration between its Member Companies and interaction with the Irish state.

Such success is driven by the trust developed between cluster members and their collaborative effort in exchanging information, market intel and connections to new markets.

In 2020, Ireland's Minister of State for Natural Resources, Sean Canney TD (MP) published the Geoscience Ireland publication: "The Formation and Maintenance of a Successful Business Cluster May 2020’" which details GI's pathway.

https://www.geoscience.ie/minister-canney-launches-the-formation-and-maintenance-of-a-successful-business-cluster-may-2020-manual/

Legal form of the cluster organisation
Public Entity
Languages spoken
English French Irish Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Sean Finlay
Cluster Manager
Andrew Gaynor
ECCP Responsible Person
Jessica Allen
Internationalisation Responsible
Stephen Walsh
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Cross-sectoral industries
Environmental Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)
Development of human resources, such as staff mobility, access to training

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG EIT KICs

Name & description

Geoscience Ireland is part of a COSME project directed at subsurface energy (geothermal), the project will run from 2018 to 2020.

A number of GI Member Companies participate in funded support programmes - primarily European Programmes relating to R&D (see next section for details).

Ireland's national geoscience organisation: Geological Survey Ireland (the GSI), and the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience offer support programmes in the geoscience sector.

Project name

Geo-Energy Europe (COSME); led by Pole AVENIA and supported by GI and 6 other partners.

DESTination RAIL (H2020); delivered by GDG Solutions; 

InfraRisk (FP7); GDG Solutions.

LEANWIND (FP7); GDG Solutions.

iFOSTER / RawMatTERS (KIC); SLR Consulting & GSI

Tellus Border (INTERREG); GSI

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
Ethiopia
Ghana
Kenya
United Arab Emirates

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Sweden

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

GI undertakes all listed activities:

Promotional, Market Study Visits & Missions, Supporting Collaboration between GI Member Companies to increase the propensity of winning tenders.

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

GI participates on Trade Missions and attends International Conferences on a regular basis with the aim of identifying opportunities for GI Cluster Members, some recent examples include:

  • France - GI conducted two Market Study Visits facilitated by the French Cluster Programme: 'Pole Competititive'; the trips included site visits to French cluster companies, B2B meetings with Norwegian delegates and conferences.
  • UK - GI regularly attends networking events hosted by UK public and private sector organisations, enterprises development agencies and foreign embassies.
  • Nordics - GI conducted a Market Study of potential partners and is planning to attend conferences relating to infrastructure development in the region.

GI has also completed Trade Missions and Market Visits to West Africa, South Africa, the Gulf and Canada.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location Network type
Pole Avenia
GEODEEP
EGEC
CAPES
JESDER
GeoPlat
GEC

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

Profile name Location
Geo-Energy for the XXIst Century

France

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Latest news and documents

News Achievements Document Published: 25.05.2020
‘The Formation and Maintenance of a Successful Business Cluster': The Geoscience Ireland Cluster Manual
News Published: 10.07.2017
Geoscience clusters sign Memorandum of Understanding

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