Dr. Sean McCarthy has been involved in all aspects of European Research since 1980. He has been active as a researcher, research manager, research group leader, and company director. Today he specialises in helping organisations design and implement their European Research Strategies. In 2017 the European Commission published a list of the top 100 universities and research organisations participating in Horizon 2020. Dr. McCarthy has delivered training courses in 74 of these top 100 universities and research organisations.
Since 1995 over 76,000 participants have attended his courses in 29 countries. He has presented training courses on the Framework programmes in over 290 research centres throughout Europe (www.hyperion.ie/clients.htm).
His main day-to-day work can be summarised as follows:
Hyperion Ltd. www.hyperion.ie
Dr. McCarthy established Hyperion Ltd. in 1988 to commercialise the technologies he developed as a researcher. The company has been profitable since year 1 and has never received any state subsidies. The initial focus of Hyperion was on Renewable Energy technologies and Data Monitoring systems for industrial applications. In the mid-1990's he was invited by the Irish and Finnish Ministries of Industry to study the interface between research and industry. This experience help him identify a niche in designing specialised training courses for researchers. Since 2010 he has expanded his activities to designing European Research Strategies for Universities, Research Centres and Large Companies.
EARTO (European Research and Technology Organisations) www.earto.eu
Dr. McCarthy is a member of EARTO. EARTO represents 350 of the top research centres in Europe. Prominent members include VTT (Finland), TNO (Netherlands), Fraunhofer Institutes (Germany) and Sintef (Norway). As a board member, he is in direct contact with the Presidents of these organisation in discussing future European Research Strategies. He is a member of the EARTO Task Force on Horizon 2020.
EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators) www.earma.org
Dr. McCarthy presents training courses in association with EARMA. He presents the latest developments in European Research Policy at their annual conferences (since 2002). At the EARMA 2017 conference (2017) he received an award for his contribution to the profession.
Since 1997, Dr. McCarthy has visited over 90 research centres every year. He is booked by the European research support offices. This experience has given him invaluable insight into the issues affecting research organisations. After each training course a discussion is held to discuss the research organisation's research strategies. This information is analysed and used to improve the design of the training programme.
European Union Expertise
Innovation Policy Background:
Dr. McCarthy has completed the following assignments for National and EU Policy Makers.
The main conclusion from all of these studies was the need for specialised training for researchers and research organisations. This was the basis for designing the training programmes. Since 2000 Dr. McCarthy has been studying and following European research policy debates but did not participate in any further policy groups.
Presentations and Publications
A complete list of recent business and research publications can be found on www.hyperion.ie/seminarsarticles.htm
Twitter Page http://twitter.com/seanmccarthyhyp
Youtube of Training Sessions
Articles about Seán McCarthy