Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)


Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is a Higher education institute based on the West coast of Ireland with four college campuses. GMITs’ Marine and Freshwater Research Centre houses both academic staff, postgraduate students and researchers. GMIT is heavily focused in industry based research and development within three main research themes with focus around fisheries and aquaculture: Enabling sustainability, conserving biodiversity & improving productivity.


GMITs’ scientists attract substantial competitive funding for research activities from industry and a diverse range of National and European programmes. GMITs’ clients and collaborators include International organisations and agencies, National agencies, Industry and national NGOs.

Partners / Researchers

Colin Hannon

Is a postdoctoral researcher based at GMITs’ Marine and Freshwater Centre since 2015 and has a PhD in aquaculture (2015). He has been working in a range of different sectors of aquaculture primarily with the development of aquaculture technologies around the production of invertebrate species. Dr Hannon has been based in aquaculture production and aquaculture research since 2002. He has participated in EU funded projects with roles including WP leader, SME Representative & IPR Manager (RESURCH Project FP7) and WP leader for the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) funded project (URCHIN Project). Dr Hannon has published in peer revived journals with his industry based aquaculture research.

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Ian O’ Connor

Is a senior lecturer in the department of Natural Science GMIT since 2004. He has a PhD in Zoology – The application of GIS in Environmental Impact Assessment (2003). Dr O’ Connor has been involved in several fields of industry based research in aquaculture including finfish hatchery techniques, Principal Investigator: Amoebic Disease of Salmon funded Irish Dept. of Agriculture & Principal Investigator: Industry Innovation Partnership use of seaweed extracts to modify mucus in Atlantic salmon for disease mitigation (Enterprise Ireland). Dr O’ Connor has had extensive involvement in both national and EU funded projects (Northern Periphery & Arctic- Interreg, JPI Oceans & JPI Water). Dr O’ Connor is a member of the management board Erasmus+ International MSc in Marine Biological Resources.