Dr. Eucharia Meehan MRIA
Registrar and CEO

DIAS - The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (TTO)

DIAS, a unique institution in the Irish research landscape, has a role and focus to conduct scholarship and fundamental advanced research in specific disciplines. DIAS acts as a national hub for those disciplines and has very strong international connections. It attracts outstanding researchers to Ireland and provides mentoring and training for postgraduate students and early stage researchers.

It’s three Schools are, the School of Celtic Studies, the School of Theoretical Physics and the School of Cosmic Physics.

The School of Celtic Studies is the acknowledged world-leading centre for research in the Celtic languages and literatures and the foremost academic publisher in the field. The School makes a fundamental contribution to the investigation of Ireland’s historical identity and cultural individuality both past and present.

The School of Theoretical Physics stands in the tradition established by its first Director, the Nobel prize winner Erwin Schrödinger: with its mission to develop our basic understanding of the fundamental laws of physics and their mathematical underpinnings.  The primary challenge of modern physics is to understand the quantum nature of gravitation and spacetime itself and also to understand the foundations and implications quantum mechanics itself. The school works to develop a theoretical understanding of these fields, to understand new phases of matter, develop and understand the nature and mathematics of quantum information and the implications of experimental developments with consequences for fundamental physics. The research has long-term implications not just for our understanding of the structure and origin of the universe, but, through quantum information theory, for the future of computing.

The School of Cosmic Physics takes physics out of the laboratory and uses it to explore and explain the universe and world around us, literally from the centre of the Earth to the edges of the observable universe. There are two sections within the School - Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Geophysics. DIAS operates the Irish National Seismic Network as a national resource and is the government designated National Data Centre for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). It participates in major international collaborations at European and international level (HESS, KM3NeT, CTA, Astro-H, Gould Belt Survey, MIRI consortium). It participates in a number of European Space Agency projects.

Celtic Studies

  • Celtic languages incl. Irish (Old, Middle, Early Modern & modern dialects)

  • Celtic Literature
  • Digital humanities e.g - online manuscript digitization (Irish Script on Screen Project) ; and the Ogham-3D

Theoretical Physics

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Gravity and Cosmology
  • Condensed Matter Theory


  • Star Formation
  • Astroparticle physics
  • Particle acceleration theory, interstellar gas dynamics & plasma astrophysics


  • Seismology (incl. natural hazards)
  • Electomagnetism
  • Geodynamics of continents/oceans & potential fields (gravity and magnetism)
  • Natural resource location (minerals, oil, gas etc)