UCD Science at Belfield


Formal, official opening of the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science (phase 2 of the refurbishment and extension of the original UCD Science Centre of the 1960s) by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, in October 2013. Centre piece of the new UCD O’Brien Centre for Science is the purpose built East building, which houses state-of-the-art atrium spaces, modern learning facilities and space for interdisciplinary research (Insight Centre, UCD Earth Institute, UCD CASL, iCRAG). The entire complex, Science South, West, North and the central Hub plus the new East building formally receive the overall name of UCD O’Brien Centre for Science.


An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny officially opens phase 1 of the refurbished UCD Science Centre in September 2011. This phase represents an extended Science South, eastern wing of the original Chemistry building. The newly opened centre is given the title of Centre for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery. It is designed to house a number of interdisciplinary research activities from UCD Science and beyond.


In August 2005, the UCD Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB) building, comprising 2,200 square metres of research space, is completed. It is officially opened by An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern TD in February 2006.


Biochemistry moves from Merville House (now NovaUCD) at Belfield to the extended, second phase of the UCD Conway Institute for Bimolecular & Biomedical Science in August 2003.


Biotechnology Building - first semi-circular fronted phase of today’s UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, opens.


The Science Centre  is officially opened on the 24th of September by UCD President Dr Michael Tierney in the presence of the Minister for Education, Dr P.J. Hillery and the Minister for Agriculture. The Experimental Physics Department is the first of the science departments to move to the new purpose-built buildings in Belfield. The Chemistry department follows soon after. Botany, Zoology and Geology transfer to Belfield during the Christmas break.


The Medical Research Council of Ireland established a Unit of Cell Metabolism at Merville House, Belfield with Professor Conway as Director. Pharmacology research activities transferred to Belfield, as the first science department on the new campus.


Industrial Microbiology established at Ardmore House, Belfield.