Professor Wim Meijer
Principal Investigator

Professor Wim Meijer is Professor of Microbiology and Head of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science at University College Dublin. His research focuses on pathogenic bacteria in relation to animal and human health. Within this context he has directed research projects funded by national and International funding agencies including Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the European Union (ICREW, Smart Coasts, CODTRACE) and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. The latter two organisations currently fund research focusing on real time prediction of bathing water quality, development of technologies to identify the biological and geographical origins of water pollution and techniques to detect Cryptosporidium.

Professor David Kay
Principal Investigator

David Kay is Professor of Environment and Health at Aberystwyth University. He has acted as consultant and/or adviser on standards for recreational and drinking water to WHO, EU, USEPA, NERC, EPSRC, DEFRA, DWI, HPa, Scottish Government, Environment Agency, SEPA and WRc. He directed three EU RTD projects designed to strengthen the science evidence-base for revision of the 2006 Bathing Water Directive (EPIBATHE, VIROBATHE and VIROCLIME). Recently, David Kay acted as:

  • specialist adviser to the House of Lords, European Communities Select Committee enquiry into the revision of the EU Bathing Water Directive;
  • consultant to EU-DGXI on revised standards for bathing waters throughout the community;
  • member Scientific Advisory Committee to NERC on the Environment and Human Health Initiative;
  • member of the WHO steering group on diffuse pollution from livestock wastes and the effects on human health;
  • adviser to the WHO on recreational water Guidelines design and water-related risk assessment;
  • consultant to WHO and UNEP on the development of global disease burden assessment in the area of water and sanitation and the water and sanitation data used in the design of sustainable Development Goals
  • adviser to USEPA on revision of the US Bathing water quality Guidelines; and
  • consultant to the WHO and EU on the revision of the Bathing Water Directive (2006).

Dr John O’Sullivan
Principal Investigator

Dr John O’Sullivan is a Fellow of the UCD Earth Institute and a member of the UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research in the School of Civil Engineering.  He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BAI, 1993), the Queen’s University of Belfast (MSc, 1994) and the University of Ulster (PhD, 1999).

Dr O’Sullivan has research interests in hydrology, hydraulics, and hydrodynamic modelling and he has been a Principal Investigator on national and European projects in these areas.  Dr O’Sullivan has published 35 international peer reviewed journal papers, 1 book chapter and in excess of 50 conference papers.  He is also an Associate Editor for the International Water Association (IWA) Journal of Water Supply and Technology and is on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Hydrology and Environment Research.

Professor Greg O’Hare
Principal Investigator

Professor Gregory O’Hare was the Head of the Department of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD) 2001-2004 and is one of the Principal Investigators and founders of the Science Foundation Ireland funded (€16.4M) Centre for Science and Engineering Technologies (CSET) entitled CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies (2008-2013). He has published over 330 refereed publications in Journals and International Conferences, 6 books and has won significant grant income (ca €28.00M).

Dr Bat Masterson
Principal Investigator

Dr. Bartholomew Masterson is an Adjunct Professor of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science of University College Dublin. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at UCD and is a Member of the International Water Association.
Dr. Masterson has had a long-standing involvement in research on the microbial pollution of recreational waters. He set up a multidisciplinary research group in 1998 to undertake, together with partners at the University of Wales, an INTERREG-II funded study of microbial pollution of the bathing waters at Bray, Co. Wicklow. The partnership extended this research in the SMART project, funded by the INTERREG-IIIa programme, concerning recreational water quality in Dublin Bay and the quality of shellfish waters in Bannow Bay, Co. Wexford. He was the Irish project leader and a member of the International Management Board for the INTERREG-IIIb iCREW project with partners in France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. The work for iCREW involved the development of molecular biological source-tracking techniques to phenotype indicator microorganisms in the aquatic environment. Most recently, the Irish-Welsh partnership completed the INTERREG-IVA project “Smart Coasts = Sustainable Communities”, focusing on developing predictive models of microbial pollution and the application of source-tracking techniques.
At present Dr. Masterson is active in two further projects. Acclimatize, funded by the Ireland-Wales Co-operation Programme, seeks to elicit measures needed to cope with effects of climate change on bathing water pollution, and SWIM, funded by INTERREG-VA, seeks to establish the best predictive models of microbial pollution for selected bathing waters of the Irish trans-border region, and to develop public advisory signage.


This project has been part funded by the ERDF though the Ireland Wales Programme 2014 -2020.