Science and Engineering stars shine

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photo of Peter Shadbolt, Dr Piers Barnes, Dr Marianne Ellis

David McHugh

The UK’s top inspirational scientists and engineers were celebrated at the House of Commons RISE Awards Reception last night with RISE Leaders and RISE Fellows honoured. The next generation of future leaders were named as Rising Stars - with the top three receiving prizes worth £21,000 in total.

The winners of the Rising Stars awards are: Dr Piers Barnes from Imperial College London, whose prize is to deliver the RISE Award lecture at the British Science Festival; Dr Marianne Ellis from the University of Bath who wins a travel grant; and Peter Shadbolt who has recently moved to Imperial College from the University of Bristol, who wins a British Science Festival Media Fellowship hosted by The Conversation.

The winners were chosen after pitching to an eminent panel of judges. All of the ten Rising Stars, who are at early stages of their careers, were nominated by the RISE Leaders for their qualities of leadership, communication skills and ability to inspire others.

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council said: The wealth of talent the RISE Awards shows is truly impressive and heartening. These are the strong, inspirational leaders who can ensure the long-term health of UK science and engineering.

The RISE Awards celebrate the inspirational scientists and engineers leading innovation in engineering and physical sciences. The campaign is being run by the EPSRC, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering to celebrate the 20th anniversary of EPSRC.

In addition to the RISE Leaders, the nominees who are Fellows of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences are being celebrated as RISE Fellows.

During the next stage of the RISE campaign, high profile public figures are appointed as RISE Champions and paired with RISE Leaders. Follow the stories that emerge on the EPSRC website.

Philip Greenish CBE, Chief Executive (CEO) of the Royal Academy of Engineering said: Pairing world class science and engineering researchers with eminent figures from the worlds of politics and journalism is an opportunity for cross-fertilisation of ideas that could not be so simply achieved otherwise.

This is a clear example of how RISE, part of the Engineering for Growth campaign, is bringing engineering to the heart of society.

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RISE Leaders, RISE Champions and Rising Stars

RISE Leader RISE Champion Rising Stars Nominated by RISE Leaders
Professor Jim Al-Khalili
University of Surrey
Liam Byrne, MP Shadow Minister, Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills Dr Radu Sporea
University of Surrey
Professor Sadie Creese
University of Oxford
James Quinault, Cabinet Office, Director OCSIA (Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance) Dr Jason Nurse
University of Oxford
Professor Lee Cronin
University of Glasgow
Dave Allen, Head GSK Respiratory Therapy Unit Dr Oren Scherman
University of Cambridge
Professor Harald Haas
University of Edinburgh
Jonathan Legh-Smith, Head of Partnerships and Strategic Research, BT Dr Lev Sarkisov,
University of Edinburgh
Professor Stephen Haake
Sheffield Hallam University
Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Council of the City and Guilds of London Institute Dr Jon Wheat
Sheffield Hallam University


Professor Jenny Nelson
Imperial College London
Zac Goldsmith, MP Dr Piers Barnes
Imperial College London
Professor Jeremy O’Brien
University of Bristol
Danny Finkelstein, Executive Editor, The Times Peter Shadbolt
University of Bristol on secondment with Imperial College London
Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga
University of Leicester
Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Adviser, Dept Business, Innovation and Skills. Dr Hernan Rey
University of Leicester
Professor Kevin Shakesheff
University of Nottingham
Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust Dr Marianne Ellis
University of Bath
Professor Rachel Williams
University of Liverpool
Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser Dr Paolo Paoletti
University of Liverpool

RISE Fellows:

Professor Polina Bayvel, UCL
Professor Nigel Brandon, Imperial College London
Professor Richard Catlow, UCL
Professor Dame Athene Donald, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter Edwards, University of Oxford
Professor Robin Grimes, Imperial College London
Professor Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton
Professor Robert MacKay, University of Warwick
Professor Anne Neville, University of Leeds
Professor David Parker, University of Durham
Professor David Payne, University of Southampton
Professor Sir John Pendry, Imperial College London
Professor Gareth Roberts, University of Warwick
Professor Peter Sadler, University of Warwick
Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton
Professor Andrew Sherry, University of Manchester
Professor Maurice Skolnick, University of Sheffield
Professor Lionel Tarassenko, University of Oxford
Professor Richard Williams, University of Birmingham

The judging panel for the Rising Star Awards was comprised of: Professor David Delpy, former CEO of EPSRC; Imran Khan, CEO the British Science Association; Dr Sarah Main, Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering; Dr Claire Craig, Deputy Head, Government Office for Science; and Professor Mark E Smith, Vice Chancellor, Lancaster University.

RISE is an acronym for Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The EPSRC is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

Royal Academy of Engineering

As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

Engineering for Growth

Engineering for growth is a partnership campaign to demonstrate the contribution of engineering to the UK economy and society. This involves promoting the economic impact and societal benefits delivered by engineering; raising awareness of the issues that explore how engineering could make a bigger contribution; and increasing the profile of EfG partners and supporters' activities that will help create growth in the economy.

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