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Professor Anna Davies wins Irish Research Council ‘Researcher of the Year’

Dec 2018

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On the 5th December 2018 our very own Professor of Geography, Environment and Society, Anna Davies, won the highly prestigious Irish Research Council (IRC) Researcher of the Year award. Now in their second year, the Researcher of the Year awards recognise and commend the very best of the IRC’s current awardees or alumni working in academia, industry, civic society or the public sector.

The Researcher of the Year award is made to a person who has made an exceptional contribution to research in their field evaluated on the basis of: excellence in research — on the basis of published work; national and international acknowledgements; research awards secured; demonstration of leadership in their field communication of their research and impact of their research on knowledge, society or innovation.

Other awards included the Early Career Researcher of the Year and the Alumnus Researcher of the Year. Congratulating all the awardees, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, TD said: “Their exceptional careers are a testament to the quality and calibre of people in Ireland’s research sector and I would like to commend them on their hard work and dedication to their chosen field.

Chair of the Irish Research Council, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, congratulated the awardees: “Each of the winners represent very different research disciplines, demonstrating the breadth of excellent research that is currently being funded by the Council and underway in Ireland – the impact of which ripples through multiple aspects of Irish life.

Professor Davies said:
I was delighted and honoured to receive the Irish Researcher of the Year award. The Irish Research Council has supported my research in so many ways, from small seed funding to large grants. They have also been absolutely pivotal in supporting the internationalisation of my research profile, supporting me to secure a prestigious grant from the European Research Council. I am eternally gratefully for this.