Professor Valeria Nicolosi, Chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy, Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Nicolosi received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 2006 from Trinity College Dublin.
In 2008 she moved to the University of Oxford as a lecturer and in 2012 she returned to Trinity College Dublin as Research Professor.
Today she is the Chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy in Trinity College Dublin, and a PI in the SFI Centres AMBER and I-Form.
She is the first woman to have reached the position of Chair in the School of Chemistry since the foundation of Trinity College Dublin in 1592.
She has published more than 200 high-impact-papers, including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials amongst the others, and delivered more than 100 invited and plenary presentations at major conferences/institutions/public events.
Over the years she has won numerous awards: the RDS/Intel Prize for Nanoscience 2012, the World Economic Forum Young Scientist 2013, EU Woman in Technology Award 2013, SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award 2014, SFI Irish Early Stage Researcher 2016, TCD ERC Awardee 2017, Women Business Forum Women of the Decade in Science & Innovation 2018.
Prof. Nicolosi is the only 5 times ERC awardee in Europe: she received a €1.5m Starting Grant in 2011, followed by 3 Proof-of-Concept top-up grants to bring results of frontier research closer to the market, and a €2.5m Consolidator Grant in 2016. This brings her total research funding awarded in the past 5 years to over €15 million.
In several occasions she has accompanied the President of the European Research Council, Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, to high level meetings at the European Parliament and with the government of Ireland, where she further demonstrated her pioneering work and her commitment to the future of research. The European Parliament Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovadion, Carlos MOEDAS, chose her to accompany him at a press conference called to celebrate the ERC 10th anniversary at the headquarters of the European Commission in March 2017.
On the 9th of November 2017 she gave a keynote speech at the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin. This remarkably prestigious conference celebrates this historic event focusing on the future walls to fall in science and society. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the German Federal President and distinguished international government representatives have keynoted the past conferences. “The brightest minds on the planet” meet at the Falling Walls Conference, BBC London stated and according to the New York Times it is „the most exceptional science conference in the world“.