Dr Gordon Dalton is the International chair of the Irish Research Staff Association and was the previous chair for 2011 (IRSA www.irsa.ie ). He is also currently the Chair of the UCC branch of the association, ARCS (www.ucc.ie/en/arcs). He is on the steering committee of the EURSA and ICoRSA. Gordon is a senior research fellow in HMRC UCC Ireland, specialising in ocean energy economics. Gordon started his position in HMRC in 2008, funded under the Charles Parson Award.