Day-to-day management and administration of the IUA is the responsibility of a central office based on Merrion Square in Dublin.
The office is responsible for organising and convening a large number of IUA groups, facilitating collaborative projects and pursuing collective policies and actions on behalf of the Irish university sector.
The IUA also consists of a number of operational units; acting as Marie Curie National Contact Point and Co-ordinator of the EURAXESS Ireland Office & Portal.
Dr. Jennifer Brennan
European Advisor (NCP), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and National Delegate, Excellent Science Pillar
As European Advisor, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Jennifer is responsible for promoting the European Funding programme ‘Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ in Ireland, which has the objective of developing new knowledge and enhancing the skills of the people behind research and innovation. In addition to promoting the programme, Jennifer advises potential applicants and contributes to policy initiatives related to the ‘Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
Prior to joining the IUA, Jennifer held the post of Scientific Officer at the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, with responsibility for IRCSET’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes and International Programmes. She co-ordinated two successful proposals for co-funding from the FP7 Marie Curie Actions COFUND Call in 2007 and 2011, each with a value of approximately €5m, the largest amounts leveraged by Ireland from FP7 to-date. In addition, Jennifer was involved in policy actions on research careers such as the Commission’s HRS4R-Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, and the genSET Gender in Science network. As a member of the European Science Foundation’s MO Forum on Research Careers, she contributed to the preparation of the report “Research Careers: Landscapes and Horizons”.
Jennifer holds a B.Sc. in Analytical Science and a PhD in Chemistry, both awarded by Dublin City University. Before embarking on a career in research administration and policy, she spent several years as an internationally mobile researcher, working in high-profile nanotechnology research groups at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA, and the University of Liverpool in the UK.