New Director at the UNEP GEMS/Water CDC

23 Jun 2021

The UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre at UCC welcomes the new director, Dr Timothy Sullivan.


After more than five years since the UNEP GEMS/Water CDC was launched, and all the effort to establish and keep running the Centre, Dr. Deborah Chapman is passing on the baton as Director of the Centre to Dr. Timothy Sullivan. 

Dr. Deborah Chapman will continue her relationship with the UNEP GEMS/Water CDC and will keep collaborating with the Centre and its activities as Deputy Director for the time being. 

For some of you, the new Director will be familiar, as he has been linked to UCC first as a student and later as staff in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES). He has also participated as a tutor in some of the online courses of the Centre and has instructed our PGDip and MSc students during their field sampling trip to Gouganne Barra, Carrigadrohid reservoir and Inniscarra reservoir.

Dr. Timothy Sullivan in April 2019 during the field trip of our international students to Gouganne Barra (left and top right pictures) and Inniscarra reservoir (bottom right picture).

For those of you who want to know more about the new Director of the UNEP GEMS/Water CDC, Tim ‚Äćearned his BSc in Environmental Science at UCC, and his PhD at Dublin City University, where he became interested in monitoring aquatic environments. He subsequently completed postdoctoral training at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), NL.

Tim re-joined UCC as staff in 2016, where he is now a lecturer in Environmental Science and deputy head of the Environmental Science undergraduate degree programme at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES). Tim has contributed widely to research and teaching programmes in the area of environmental science at UCC, and he also coordinates UCC's MRes programme in Environmental Sciences. Tim leads the Materials and Environmental Science Applications (MESA) Research Group within the School of BEES and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) ( and has contributed to over 40 published research papers, books, and conference proceedings in the areas of materials and environmental sciences.

We look forward to this new chapter for the Centre and the new interesting projects and activities that his leadership will bring. 


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