Maynooth academics named among Ireland’s Champions of EU Research

Imelda Lambkin, Horizon 2020 National Director, Minister John Halligan and Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland CEO
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 14:45

Three Maynooth University faculty members are today been named among Ireland’s ‘Champions of EU Research.’

Professors David Stifter, John Ringwood and Malcom Maclachlan, have been recognised by Minister of State John Halligan TD, and Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, among a group of researchers leading major projects in Horizon 2020, the European Research and Innovation Programme, at an event in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, today.

David Stifter, Professor of Old Irish at Maynooth University Department of Early Irish, holds an ERC Consolidator Grant for the 'Chronologicon Hibernicum’ project which aims to develop a chronological framework for dating early Irish language development and literature.

John Ringwood, Professor at the Maynooth University Department of Electronic Engineering, is one of the world’s leading experts in wave energy. He is Director of The Centre for Ocean Energy Research and is a part of the SFI-funded MaREI national centre for marine renewable energy.

Malcolm MacLachlan, Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion at Maynooth University Psychology Department, co-ordinates a Horizon 2020 network for training and excellence studying the psychological effects of exposure to traumatic life events among unique traumatised groups in Europe.

Speaking ahead of the presentation of awards Minister Halligan said: “I am delighted to be here today among this impressive and diverse representation of the Irish research community. The breadth of projects nominated for awards today inspires confidence in the continued excellence and dedication to research and innovation in Irish society. I was particularly impressed to note the variety of Universities, Higher Education Institutes, agencies and companies that are competing at the highest levels of European research.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland added: “Today’s event celebrates the achievements of collaboration between academic research and industry. Horizon 2020 is an important source of funding for research and innovation and provides a mechanism for researchers and Irish enterprise to network and collaborate with the best researchers and leading companies across Europe. These benefits are particularly important for a small, open economy like ours. The award winners here today are a source of inspiration for others and I’d like to wish them every success with their current projects and in their future endeavours.”