The Ryan Institute is a cross-cutting Research Institute of the University of Galway, Ireland, with internationally-renowned expertise spanning science, engineering, socio-economics and health. The Ryan Institute is a powerhouse for the inter-disciplinary research and innovation necessary to address the many sustainable development challenges facing society today, from both national to global scales and is University of Galway's largest research institute, producing 20% of its research budget, and comprised of 99 Research Groups responsible for 350+ funded research projects comprising with 500 full-time researchers.
Sustainability and innovation is central to Ryan Institute research. The Ryan Institute is engaged in research and partnerships that contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which need to be achieved between now and 2030.
Of the University of Galway’s Taught Postgraduate Programs, 17 are strongly aligned with the Ryan Institute’s research themes. The Ryan Institute supports the research components of Masters degree programmes aligned with its four research themes. Prospective students who are interested in any of our four research themes and in making an impact in these areas can choose from our portfolio of award-winning Masters degree programmes to further their skills and careers.
The Ryan Institute's activities on sustainability research and innovation focus on sustainability research and innovation on four thematic research areas:
Marine & Coastal
The Ryan Institute’s Centre for Ocean Research & Exploration (COREx) conducts sustainability research in marine and coastal systems and are the leading university users of Ireland’s research vessels such as Celtic Explorer. The SFI iCRAG Centre conducts geosciences research to address key challenges in energy security, raw materials supply, groundwater protection and safeguarding the geomarine environment.
Energy & Climate Change
The Ryan Institute’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) and MaREI Galway are at the forefront of research to transition to sustainable energy systems. The Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS) conducts research in the area of atmospheric composition, climate change and natural feedbacks, air-sea exchange, and air quality impacts on health and ecosystems.
Agriculture & BioEconomy
The Ryan Institute’s Agriculture & Bioeconomy Research Centre (ABC) is focussed on the major challenge to accelerate the development and introduction of new suites of productivity-increasing bio-based technologies and systems (for crops, animals, algae, fish, forestry, food & biological wastes). Sustainable agri-food systems will involve transitions to zero-waste and circular economy concepts in all food-related bioeconomies at the production, processing and consumption stages. The Centre also has significant activities underway on food systems transitions and Climate Smart Agriculture.
Environment & Health
The Ryan Institute’s Biodiversity & Bioresources Research Cluster conducts research to mitigate the global loss of biodiversity and degradation of natural capital that continues at a rapid pace. The Centre for One Health (CoH) conducts research on how environment and health interact including how poor sanitation and unsafe water lead to diseases. Heat or energy challenges, and the design of our houses, buildings and transport systems are being confronted by the Ryan Institute’s Built Environment and Smart Cities Research Cluster.