Maynooth University’s new €20.6m research centre ‘EOLAS’

Maynooth University’s new €20.6m research centre is expected to drive innovative teaching methods, foster collaboration with industry and deepen a culture of ‘spin-out’ companies

Eolas houses two of the University’s world-renowned research institutes, the Hamilton Institute and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI); the Maynooth University Departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering; MaynoothWorks, the University’s new business incubator; and the University’s own IT Services.

The Maynooth University Hamilton Institute has an international reputation for cutting-edge research in ICT, using advance mathematics to solve difficult computing and communications and network problems. The Innovation Value Institute, a joint endeavour with Intel Corp., is a globally unique consortium of researchers and practitioners that examines how enterprises can maximise the business value of ICT.

The Eolas building is located in Maynooth University’s North Campus and supported more than 300 jobs during its two years of construction.  It is clad in bespoke perforated metal filigree inspired by the design of ‘punch cards.’  The building can accommodate 575 staff with teaching facilities for 350 students in labs and classrooms at any one time.

In addition, it has the capacity to facilitate 325 people in the various sized meeting and seminar rooms that are strategically placed throughout the building, together with informal breakout spaces designed to support collaboration between the institutes and departments based in Eolas.

Eolas features state-of-the-art IT facilities, including a highly-available 10 Gbps internet connection, 3,000 network points and WiFi capacity for more than 1,000 simultaneous users.  Its modern lay-out is designed to facilitate interaction and spur new research and commercialisation activities, with 14 ‘hot desks,’ two bio wet labs, high-tech conference rooms and classrooms, laboratories and informal conversation spaces.

As part of the launch of the new building, I was commissioned to photograph the building for the publication of a new brochure, just in time for the official launch by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.

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