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ECOBROKER is a matchmaking platform connecting practitioners and researchers working on environmental and societal challenges.
“ECOBROKER is a transparent way of connecting researchers, local authority staff, and other practitioners with common interests.”
– Matthew O’Sullivan, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

“Collaboration through ECOBROKER amongst disciplines and sectors allows us to address multifaceted problems.”
– Paula Russell, UCD
Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash
Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash
Silhouette photograph by Natalie Pedigo via Unsplash
Photo by Natalie Pedigo on Unsplash

How does ECOBROKER work?

ECOBROKER is a free service web platform and events programme, which facilitates connecting people between professions and institutions by finding out about common interests. By using this web platform, researchers and practitioners can network and share research ideas.

Sharing research ideas when they are not in their finalised form helps people to come together and draw on each other’s expertise to come up with the most impactful research project.

The outcome of this exchange of research ideas is that environmental and societal challenges that need to be addressed collaboratively can be tackled. By initiating collaboration across professions and institutions, the ECOBROKER web platform can help with:

  • writing a research proposal including research proposals for large EU calls that mandate the collaboration between practitioners and researchers
  • the formulation of a research tender
  • addressing a knowledge gap that could be addressed though a student research project.


Here are some examples of projects where researchers and practitioners collaborated from the outset of the project.

Research Ideas

Submit or view and search research ideas.  Research ideas are submitted to seek research expertise, e.g. by local authorities or any ECOBROKER participant.

Projects facilitated and supported by ECOBROKER have helped address
multifaceted environmental and societal challenges.

Exemplar projects include: