The Geological Survey Ireland is a Division of the Department of the Environment, Climate, and Communications. It is the Irish national geoscience agency and provides geological advice and information to the government, industry and the public, and acquires data for this purpose. In addition, The GSI has developed a Research Programme which comprises research carried out internally and a funding programme for external research activities in Ireland. 

The Geological Survey has staff in several key areas of expertise; groundwater, minerals and raw materials, geological mapping, geothermal energy resources, marine mapping, and a large programme of airborne geophysics and geochemical analysis across the Island of Ireland. The work undertaken by the Geological Survey and its partners provides a better understanding of the geological structures and contributes to the wider research community. A key component of our Research Programme is collaborating with experts in industry and academia, both in Ireland and internationally. 

Since 2014, the Geological Survey has been collaborating with partners in academia in geosciences and social sciences to address, in particular, the issues of social acceptance (including social License to operate) and public perception and understanding of geoscience activities.

Lead person:

Dr Aoife Braiden, Research Manager and Coordinator of the GSI Research Programme, including internal research activities, external funding programmes and national and international collaborations. Dr Braiden holds a BSc (Hons) in Earth Science and a PhD in Palaeobiology. She subsequently moved to the Geophysics Group of University College Dublin, where she was the Research Manager for 9 years before moving to the GSI in 2015.