Science Foundation Ireland 2018 Science Awards recognise key leaders in the Irish Research Community

The winners of the prestigious 2018 Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit on November 12th. Joined by over 350 leading members of the Irish research community, Science Foundation Ireland is celebrating their researchers’ contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Acknowledging the award winners, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Heather Humphreys TD, said “I am pleased to see the outstanding work of the Irish research community acknowledged through these SFI Science Awards. The recipients are among Ireland’s top researchers and the awards recognise the contribution they are making in a number of areas including industry collaborations, entrepreneurship, communication and public engagement. I would like to congratulate each awardee on their tremendous achievements, their discoveries will bring economic growth and societal development in Ireland.”

This year’s SFI Entrepreneurship Award whichcelebrates an entrepreneurial achievement by SFI supported researchers went to Professor Eoin Casey. Professor Eoin Casey is Head of the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and has been an academic in UCD since 2002 having previously worked in industry and at TU Vienna. He has a bachelor’s degree (1994) and PhD (1999) in Chemical Engineering. His research is focussed on the materials-biology interface with a particular interest in how this can be applied to novel water treatment processes. This work led to him co-founding the UCD spin-out OxyMem and being a principal investigator of the SFI-funded Beacon research centre.