Martin Hynes

Martin Hynes is President of the European Science Foundation, the parent organization of Science Connect.  Prior to this he served as Chief Executive of the ESF from 2012 – 2016.

He was formerly Director of The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and in this role he implemented a number of innovative national funding schemes with a special focus on early career researchers.  He devised special incentives for engaging young researchers with enterprise across public and private sectors and won significant Marie-Curie co-funding for these programmes. He was also the Programme Committee member for Science in Society actions and in that role encouraged the uptake in Ireland of related actions such as the GenSet initiative.

Martin was formerly Senior Science Advisor with Science Foundation Ireland – the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research.  He was also a Senior Policy Analyst with Forfás - the Irish national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. His experience lies in policy formulation and he has an excellent record of implementing policy decisions. He has been instrumental in the formulation of major national funding initiatives supporting research in the ICT and biotechnology sectors. He also contributed to the formulation of first National Framework of Research Needs in Ireland and was a significant contributor to the Technology Foresight initiative that laid the ground work for the establishment of Science Foundation Ireland.  

With specialist training in Governance, Martin has served on a number of Boards including that of the Irish University Quality Board and the Digital Enterprise Research Institute as well as those of private companies. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

An Engineering and MBA Graduate, he is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He was also awarded the French national award of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques in recognition of his promotion of research linkages between Ireland and France.

Martin is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development programme, an expert European Commission Group. Martin was awarded an EU Champions of Research accolade by the Irish President, Mr. Michael D Higgins in 2012 for this work.