Prof. Walter Kolch receives SFI Mentorship Award 2022


Professor Walter Kolch, Director of the Systems Biology Ireland and Fellow, UCD Conway Institute received the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Mentorship Award 2022 at the annual SFI Summit in Limerick. These awards recognise key leaders in the Irish research community

Through Systems Biology Ireland (SBI), Prof. Walter Kolch has built a highly interdisciplinary and multinational research environment. Since its inception in 2009, SBI has hosted over 260 team members including 105 researchers, 63 postgraduate students, 12 clinician scientists, 36 management and administrative staff, and 46 research support staff from over 35 countries.

Group of people smilingPictured (l-r): Prof. Walter Kolch, Prof. Philip Nolan, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland; Prof. Orla Feely, VP Research, Innovation & Impact, UCD

Prof. Kolch has supervised over 50 postdocs and over 40 doctoral students providing his team with the tools and infrastructure to develop their independence at early in their careers several of whom have secured various positions in academia and industry, some even starting their own companies.

On receiving the award, Prof. Kolch said, "I am delighted about this award. It reflects the open and interdisciplinary research culture at SBI, which is an ideal environment for training young scientists."

The winners of the prestigious 2022 Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit, held in person for the first time in two years. Joined by over 500 leading members of the Irish research community, SFI is celebrating the contribution researchers have made to our society and economy.

Acknowledging the award winners Prof. Philip Nolan, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, said:
“I want to congratulate all the award recipients. The SFI Awards recognise exceptional achievements within our research community, and the ways in which research contributes to our wellbeing and our environmental, social and economic development and sustainability. These awards reflect the dedication and determination of our researchers as they work to discover new knowledge, to innovate, and to make the world a better place. The awardees are truly inspiring.

This year there are nine categories in total, with engaged research being acknowledged for the very first time. UCD Prof. Andrew Keane of NexSys won the SFI Industry Partnership Award 2022. The core mission of NexSys is to decarbonise our energy system. NexSys brings together researchers from across the island, with key industry partners, policy-makers and communities to resolve the challenges of a just transition to a decarbonised system. EirGrid and ESB have partnered with NexSys with a commitment to research and innovation for over 15 years.

Read the full list of awardees on the SFI website