SciPol - Ireland


Conor O’Carroll is an independent consultant on Research and Higher Education Policy. A physicist by training with a B.Sc., M.Sc. in Mathematical Physics and Ph.D. in Physics from University College Dublin. He has been internationally mobile having done his doctoral research in Italy and worked for both academia and industry in Ireland, Scotland and Germany. He has worked in different sectors including petroleum engineering and nuclear technology.
He has extensive experience of policy formulation having worked in the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation and with the Irish science policy advisory agency Forfás. He has also deep experience of the operations of funding agencies through his time with the Marie Sklodowska Curie Programme, Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.
Past activities include representing Ireland on the FP7 and Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Programme; running the EURAXESS Network in Ireland; Facilitating Research Prioritisation in Luxembourg (2018-2019); Chairing an expert group on Researcher Skills and Rewards for engaging in Open Science (2016-2018); Rapid Assessment of EEA/Norway Grants (2017); HR Expert in the EC Policy Support Facility team for evaluation of Bulgarian Research and Innovation System (2014-2015).
He acts as a peer review panel chair for the Health Research Board, Irish Research Council and the European Commission, Horizon 2020. His research interests include doctoral training; researcher career development; the development and impact of national/European R&D policy.