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Posted: Nov 15, 2011
Nanotechnology researcher named Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year
(Nanowerk News) Professor Jonathan Coleman, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded researcher from Trinity College who has achieved international success in the area of nanostructures, was today announced as the 'Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year' for 2011.
The announcement was made by Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock T.D., at the SFI Science Summit in Athlone, attended by 300 researchers. The theme of this year's summit, taking place today and tomorrow, is'Shaping the Future Now: New Horizons for Science and Society'.
Prof Jonathan Coleman with Minister Seán Sherlock
In presenting Prof. Coleman with his award, Minister Sherlock said "It is an extraordinary feat to be responsible for the development of the toughest materials known to man, but this is a feat that Jonathan has achieved. His work has been published in prestigious international journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, and Advanced Materials, as well as featuring in New Scientist, the New York Times and on CNN. Within the last year, Jonathan has been recognised as one of the top 100 material scientists of the last decade – the only Irish representative and one of the youngest on the list."
Addressing the theme of the Science Summit, Minister Sherlock said: "I'm greatly encouraged that the theme for this year's summit is 'Shaping the Future now – New horizons for science and society'. Very often, when debate in politics and among the general public centres around the economy - especially in times such as now - society can sometimes find itself consigned to the margins. We hear of Ireland Inc…but what of Ireland Soc?" He added that research with consequences is what is required that will impact and support Ireland's economic, social and reputational recovery, as well as reaffirming our position as an emergent force in science on the global stage".
Minister Sherlock highlighted the Government's commitment to scientific R&D as featured in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Capital Expenditure framework for 2012-1216. He said the SFI 2012 capital allocation of €156million would ensure continued support for its current cohort of 3,000 researchers and 28 large research groups.
"I think everyone can be reassured by the Framework's very clear statement that: "Developing a modern knowledge-led economy requires that creativity and innovation are centre-stage. Measures to support, apply and leverage potential in this regard are indispensible in ensuring our future prosperity," the Minister concluded.