Marc Caball is a cultural historian whose primary research interests centre on early modern Ireland, the history of the early modern British Atlantic and the history of the book. His current research projects are focused on a monograph on the cultures of communication in early modern Ireland and the Tralee fascicle for the Royal Irish Academy's Irish Historic Towns Atlas. He was the principal investigator on the IRCHSS and Department of the Taoiseach-funded major research project 'Protestants, print and Gaelic culture in Ireland, 1567-1722' and was a recipient of an IRCHSS New Ideas Award for a research project entitled 'Book history, print and design: a knowledge transfer workshop' and an IRC New Foundations award for a 'Dublin Book History App' (the Books of Dublin App may be downloaded free of charge from the App Store). With Professor Clare Carroll (CUNY), he was co-director of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Summer Seminar 'Researching early modern manuscripts and printed books' ( New York, June/July 2013). With colleagues in COST, he recently managed a strategic initiative in relation to Open Access and its policy implications for researchers ( http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2013/12/18/good-open-access-policies-put-researchers-in-charge/ ). He represented COST in a joint collaboration with the European Science Foundation on Cultural Literacy in Europe Today which resulted in the publication of a science policy briefing in 2013 (http://www.esf.org/?id=6795). Among Marc Caball's recent research initiatives were a panel entitled 'Local and global Irish identities in the seventeenth century' for the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in New York (March 2014) and he was on the organising commitee of the Joint Conference of the American Conference of Irish Studies and Canadian Association for Irish Studies at UCD (June 2014). He was an invited speaker at the Lithuanian EU Council Presidency Conference on the Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020 (Vilnius , September 2013). He served on the organising committee of the COST conference 'The cities of tomorrow: the challenges of Horizon 2020' (Turin, September 2014). His most recent papers were delivered at the Harvard Celtic Studies Colloquium (October 2014) and at the North American Conference on British Studies, Minneapolis (November 2014). He addressed the urban and cartographic history of Tralee at 'Learning from the past: mapping our future', Hunt Museum, Limerick (October 2014).