Dr John Donovan

Dr John Donovan Mail
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

John Donovan is Head of Research at Dublin Institute of Technology and Chairman of the European Association of Research Managers and Adminstrators (EARMA). John has a PhD in molecular genetics from the National University of Ireland.  In 1981, John was the first student to work in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

Having completed his PhD in 1986, he worked at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics of the Goethe University of Frankfurt before moving, three years later, on a second postdoc, to the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leeds in the UK.

Returning to Ireland in 1992, he took up a position as Senior Scientist with St. Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research. In 1994 he moved to a position as Executive Secretary of the Irish Research Scientists’ Association and was responsible for many of the briefing and policy documents prepared by the Association that ultimately led to the establishment of Science Foundation Ireland and The Programme for Research in Third level Institutions with a combined budget of some €13b.

Having left the bench, John moved into research and innovation management and, after several moves around Ireland is, for the present, Head of Research at Dublin Institute of Technology.  John has served on the board of EARMA for 2 years and is now in his second term as EARMA Chairman. His current interest is what makes research sustainable in new, small universities.

John is on a number of national and international policy groups, including Ireland’s National Open Access Committee and the Irish Government’s High-Level H2020 Group.

John has been a radio journalist, co-produced and presented, what was until recently, Ireland’s longest running science radio show and The Millennium Thomas Davis Lecture Series on Irish public radio broadcaster, RTÉ. John has also done time as an itinerant PhD examiner in various places in Ireland and Europe. John is married to Lynda and has one child, a son studying in Oxford. To relax, John and his scouts walk in the hills and build snow-bivvys!