Professor Robert Forster Appointed as Director of NCSR

Please see below statements from Dermot and Robert:


I am stepping down as director of the NCSR in order to focus on my recent appointment as Director of the newly established DCU ‘Science and Technology Enhancement Platform’ (STEP)[1].  Prof. Robert Forster will replace me as NCSR Director effective from 1 September 2015, following unanimous endorsement by the NCSR Management Committee.

Robert was a founder member of the NCSR (1999), and has played a major role in its successful development ever since.  I welcome Robert’s appointment and wish him well in his new role. His exciting strategic vision for the Centre will help ensure that the NCSR will continue to flourish in the years to come.

I remain deeply committed to sensor related research and I will continue to be active in the NCSR.

Ádh mór oraibh go léir, ach go háirithe don Robert!



I am really delighted to have the opportunity to be the Director of the NCSR and look forward to working closely with colleagues to drive the next stage of the Centre’s development.  I believe that close collaborations between life and physical scientists, business experts and engineers can drive internationally distinctive, measurement and analysis technologies that will impact carefully selected application areas. It is a very challenging but an exciting time for the development of research at DCU and, with strong internal and external alliances, we have the creativity to once again leap frog the competition.

We are all deeply grateful to Dermot for all of his work on behalf of the NCSR – he is an inspiring individual who embodies the Norman Vaughan quote “Dream big and dare to fail.” I hope that we can continue to dream!  We wish him every good fortune in his new role and look forward to working with him to support and drive high impact research.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


[1] See RIS newsletter, July 2015