Professor Neil Rowan
Professor Rowan, TUS, has dedicated 3 decades to supporting and enabling researcher progression fostered through collaborative partnerships regionally, nationally and internationally. This has reflected in successful supervision of 32 PhDs and mentoring of 18 postdoctoral researchers that have a strong international foundation. Professor Rowan is Director of the Bioscience Research Institute in TUS where the emphasis has been placed on supporting RDI&E linked to education and training, which encompasses enabling SMEs and MNCs including doctoral provision in key disruptive projects. Professor Rowan holds Adjunct Professorships to many leading universities internationally and is funded under Science Foundation Ireland (CURAM) and European MSCA and Interreg projects. He has acted as expert evaluator under European Innovation Council (EIC) pathfinder open programme that addressed high risk, high gain, deep tech projects. Professor Rowan is leading and developing key projects regionally under circular bioeconomy including ‘Empower Eco’-based initiatives that feature strongly in Midlands Regional Development Plan 2024. He is an editorial board member of leading journals Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier) and Sustainability (MDPI). His research is researcher pathway and multi-actor focused that includes drivers, activities and models (including transnational) to inform new green innovation. His expertise in the area of disease mitigation also helped inform effective and appropriate reprocessing of single use PPE for COVID-19 pandemic. His core activities address a bottom-up approach to informing efficacy of sustaining and disruptive innovation in collaboration with key European partners that will shape overarching top-down government policies including interface with users.
The future for enabling transformative research in Europe is in growing effective multi-actor stakeholder networks to unlock innovation aligned with policies – I am pleased to mentor key researchers that make the magic happen