Professor Paul Giller is a graduate of Queen Mary and Imperial College London and is an Emeritus Professor in Ecology at University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland, with over 145 peer reviewed publications and 7 books to date. He is also an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA).

Professor Giller taught and researched in UCC for over 35 years, and has also taught and/or researched for periods in China, UK, USA, Sweden, South Africa and France.

In addition to academic roles, Professor Giller has held Senior University Management positions at University College Cork including Executive Dean of Science (2000-2005) and Registrar and Senior Vice President Academic/Deputy President (2005-2015) where he held overall administrative responsibility for the Academic Affairs of the university including academic strategic development, academic policies, internationalisation, student experience, and management of the academic administration.

Prof Giller has significant experience of Research and Quality Reviews having chaired and participated in review panels for the EU and National Research Agencies and Councils in Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, France, and Portugal as well as QQI in Ireland and in several universities (including Helsinki, TCD, Maynooth, Copenhagen, Paris). He has also held positions as Senior and Executive Editor and member of Editorial Boards of a number of international journals and has held a variety of roles on national and international bodies and committees.