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Our Board


We are a voluntary board of passionate members of the public who have worked for over 20 years to bring this idea to life. The board has had many different iterations over the years, with many people helping us on our way. Currently the board is made up of the following voluntary members: 


  • Paul Duffy, NED – Chairman

  • Ali Hewson, Businesswoman and Activist

  • Professor Luke O ’Neill, Chair of Biochemistry, TCD

  • Melinda Byrns-O’Brien, Attorney, former CEO, Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment

  • Michael M. Collins, Senior Counsel and Adjunct Full Professor, UCD

  • Cathy Moore, Communications Strategist
  • Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director of MaREI and Professor of Energy Engineering at UCC

  • Helen Ryan, Director Hakata Holdings and Enterprise Ireland

  • Jonathan Westrup, Partner with Board Excellence and Associate Professor at Warwick Business School.




Chair of the Exhibits Advisory Committee: Prof. Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice-President of UCC 


Project Director: Anne-Louise Kelly



The NCSC is a registered charity with a Board of Trustees drawn from the public, private and academic sector backgrounds.  Under its Agreement (2013) with Government, one seat on the Board is reserved for a representative of Government Departments.   The Board also encourages the Government to discuss with it the establishment of the NSCS as an integral part of the State infrastructure once it has opened.


How the NCSC Aligns with Government Policy


According to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Further and Higher Education and Research, Innovation and Science's July 2023 report, ‘The Future of STEM in Irish Education’:

  • "The National Children’s Science Centre, in gestation for many years, should be opened as a matter of urgent national priority. It will send out a message that Ireland is very serious about science education for Primary and Post Primary students.”

  • “The National Children’s Science Centre should receive the full support of Government with a view to an early launch in Q4 2023.” 

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