Dr Eucharia Meehan
Dr Meehan has over 20 years of leadership experience across a range of public and private research based organisations. In 2017, Dr Meehan was appointed CEO at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), the only such institute in Ireland, which since its inception has focused on fundamental frontier & discovery research. She is an acknowledged leader in advancing gender equality and diversity policies, in particular as Director of the Irish Research Council, and was designated ScienceEurope’s first Gender and Diversity Champion (2016-2017). Currently, she is a member of the Advisory Committee to the EU supported initiative GenderSmart. Honoured in 2017 to be elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy, Dr Meehan was further honoured with her election to its Council the following year. In addition to committee memberships nationally, by virtue of her role at a European level, she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to Biocenter Finland and served as an elected board member of both ScienceEurope (the pan-European association for research funding and research performing organisations), and the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Other notable board memberships include the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of Ireland and the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT).