In July 2010, Brian MacCraith was inaugurated as President of Dublin City University, a position that he will hold for 10 years.
He received his B.Sc. in Physics at NUI, Galway, where he also completed a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Optical Spectroscopy of Laser Materials. In 1986 he joined the staff of Dublin City University (DCU) where he has played an active role in the teaching of Physics and research in the areas of optical chemical sensors and biosensors, biomedical diagnostics and nanobiophotonics.
Professor MacCraith also has a strong profile in teaching and learning activities. He has had a substantial involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education activities through membership of the Institute of Physics Education Subgroup, the RIA National Commission for the Teaching of Physics and various DCU committees dealing with this topic. He has also organised Training Workshops for Physics teachers and, with funding from Intel Ireland, the “Young Women in Physics” series aimed at attracting Secondary schoolgirls into physics careers.
Currently, he is on the Boards of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Chamber Choir Ireland, Age-Friendly Ireland, and IBEC (the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation). He chairs the Board of SciFest and the Board of Trustees of Genio. He is Chair of the STEM Education Review Group (established by Minister Seán Sherlock, Minister for Science and Innovation). He is also Chair of the Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure (established by Minister James Reilly, Minister for Health).
In July 2010, he was inaugurated as President of Dublin City University, a position that he will hold for 10 years.