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Recognising the achievements of Ireland’s Champions of EU Research

Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 


John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development and Dr Fiona Doohan, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science.

John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development and Dr Fiona Doohan, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science.

John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development with Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland has presented outstanding achievement awards to academic researchers, companies and research organisations that have reached the pinnacle of European research. The event entitled ‘Ireland’s Champions of EU Research’ took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

Sixteen individuals received Horizon 2020 achievement awards for their projects, which exhibited outstanding leadership in their respective programme areas. Professor Suzanne Kingston, UCD School of Law and Dr Fiona Doohan, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, were among the awardees.

Suzanne’s prestigious ERC-awarded project focuses on Legal Architectures: The Influence of New Environmental Governance Rules on Environmental Compliance – it achieved the highest ranking for an Irish applicant for this grant type.

Dr Fiona Doohan along with Dr Conor O'Byrne, NUI Galway were recognised for leadership of their Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks in the areas of understanding and exploiting mechanisms of sensory perception in bacteria, and training in innovative and integrated control of cereal diseases - both ranked first in their respective calls.

The aim of the event was to recognise the immense contribution of the award winners and all project leaders from Ireland to our national success in the €75 billion Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for research and innovation.

Speaking ahead of the presentation of awards the Minister said “The breadth of projects nominated for awards today inspires confidence in the continued excellence and dedication to research and innovation in Irish society.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland added, “Today’s event celebrates the achievements of collaboration between academic research and industry. Horizon 2020 is an important source of funding for research and innovation and provides a mechanism for researchers and Irish enterprise to network and collaborate with the best researchers and leading companies across Europe.”

A panel discussion at the event focused on Ireland’s success in Horizon 2020 to date, how to maximise participation in the final period 2018-2020 (launching later this year with a budget of €30 billion), and how to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the successor programme which will commence in 2021.



For more information visit www.horizon2020.ie