Professor Philip Nolan has been appointed Managing Director of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
he former president of Maynooth University, whose 10-year term ended last month, is a key figure in the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).
Professor Nolan chairs the Advisory Group on Epidemiological Modeling, which provides statistical predictions on the likely behavior of Covid and advice to Nphet
He will take up his post at SFI in January.
Welcoming the appointment, Higher and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said Professor Nolan was a constant and valued source of expertise in his role as Nphet “for which we owe him a great deal”.
Mr Harris said that after a decade at Maynooth, Professor Nolan will now lead SFI in contributing to a sustainable and strong economy and society, by supporting the development of a world-class research and innovation system.
The said if the pandemic “has taught us anything, it is the value of research and science.” Science Foundation Ireland, as the national foundation for investing in scientific research, is an essential part not only of the response to Covid-19, but in our next steps, in how we develop our society and our economy.
The minister added that he and his department were “very anxious” to work with Professor Nolan.