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Prof. Fiona Doohan Receives 2021 NovaUCD Innovation Award

Published: Tuesday, 30 March, 2021

The Earth Institute congratulates Professor Fiona Doohan on her 2021 NovaUCD Innovation Award. This award was established in 2004 and recognizes excellence in innovation and the success achieved in the commercialisation of UCD research or other intellectual activity. 

Prof. Doohan is a crop scientist within the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science whose research focuses on improving the sustainability of global crop production systems, and strengthening the diversification, safety, and transparency of Irish food systems. One of seven of the NovaUCD awardees, she has secured more than €30 million in research funding over the years. In addition, Prof. Doohan has submitted fourteen invention disclosures with NovaUCD, several of which have been co-developed with colleagues in Teagasc and Trinity College Dublin. Seven of her inventions have been successfully patented. 

Prof. Doohan remarked, "I am honoured to receive the 2021 NovaUCD Innovation Award. The enhanced global consumption of crop-based foods and the move within the EU and globally towards more sustainable agricultural practices mean that now, more than ever, we need innovation in crop science to ensure that the Irish agri-food sector continues to lead in the development of sustainable, traceable, quality foodstuffs."