Profs. Jonathan Coleman, Valeria Nicolosi and Stefano Sanvito, principal investigator at AMBER, CRANN, and Trinity’s School of Physics and School of Chemistry feature in the annual Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list.

The list recognises 6,389 researchers globally who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index. The methodology underpinning the list draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate.

This year, Clarivate have further categorised the 2020 list into two categories: researchers highly cited within a specific topic or subject area, and those that are cross-disciplinary in nature. Prof. Jonathan Coleman appears within the first cohort of 3,896 researchers with exceptional performance in a specific field. Further analysis reveals that Prof. Coleman is one of only 203 scientists featuring in the ‘materials science’ category. Prof. Stefano Sanvito and Prof. Valeria Nicolosi fall within the second cohort of 2,493 researcher categorised as ‘cross-disciplinary’ meaning their research publications and highly cited works can be found in journals across multiple topic areas.

Clarivate state that “The Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list helps identify that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge and gaining for society innovations that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure”. They also recognise that in any such analysis there exists inevitable limitations in the analytical approach, and suggest a careful reading of the methodology is required.

Commenting on the achievement of Profs. Coleman, Nicolosi and Sanvito, Dr. Lorraine Byrne, Executive Director, AMBER said, “I wish to congratulate Prof. Coleman, Sanvito and Nicolosi on their achievement. Their internationally acclaimed research ensures that Ireland has a global reputation in materials science and cross-disciplinary research. It is because of our exceptional researchers that the AMBER centre can deliver on our mission of world leading materials science research for economic and societal impact, enhancing Irelands’ credentials as a hub for science and research”.

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said: “In the race for knowledge, it is human capital that is fundamental and this list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers who are having a great impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others.”

The full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here

The core theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Science Week - Choosing our Future’ focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future, and in the present. This will explore how science can help us to make positive choices that will impact the environment, our health, and our quality of life.

Our events will take place over zoom, and will use a combination of polls, chat questions and breakout rooms to ensure that your voice is heard, and your questions are answered.

AMBER will run three events for audiences of ALL ages and interests!

You can register by clicking the links below.

The Future of Health

Meet the AMBER team who are developing treatments so that you could regrow your own bone if it gets damaged, who are using 3D bioprinting to create organs, and are developing materials that could reverse sprinal cord injury.

The Future of Energy

What would you like the know about where science and scientsts will take the Future of Energy?Meet the AMBER team who are hydrogen fuel cells for transport and energy storage.

The Great Plastics Debate

Worldwide <5% of plastic is recycled. In Ireland we recycle < 1%. A solution is circularity – that materials are reused, repaired, restored, recycled whilst maintaining value. This workshop will introduce the scientists searching for solutions to problem plastic and their research that could reframe the plastics debate. This event forms part of The Re:Discovery Centre Lets Talk Science Festival

Science Foundation Ireland 2020 Science Awards recognise key leaders in the Irish Research Community. The SFI Industry Partnership Award celebrates a collaboration between an academic research group and industry.

Professor Fergal O’Brien, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, AMBER Deputy Director, received the prestigious award from the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, at the annual SFI Science Summit. for his long standing collaboration with Integra LifeSciences.

Integra’s longstanding engagement with RCSI began in 2005 as a collaborator on a SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award received by Fergal. Integra supplied his group with type-1 collagen which has subsequently formed the basis of over 60 high impact publications with more than 40 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers benefitting from the partnership - developing and characterizing biomaterials for a myriad of applications. An engagement in the area of peripheral nerve repair began in 2015 with Integra fully funding an exploratory study coordinated through the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) focused on the development of a new regenerative biomaterial. Since 2017, the collaboration has grown to a >€1million AMBER co-funded spoke project led by Prof Fergal O’Brien (RCSI) and Prof Conor Buckley (TCD) as PIs. This SFI AMBER project has successfully developed two unique peripheral nerve repair technologies, both of which have proven highly effective in repairing damaged nerves in pre-clinical trials. These technologies have been protected by three patent filings and transferred to the company under appropriate commercialisation agreements. The AMBER researchers and business development team, supported by the Innovation Team in RCSI and Technology Transfer Office at TCD has worked to rapidly accelerate the development and translation of these biomaterials, helping Integra remain at the cutting edge of nerve repair treatments for the benefit of patients and society.

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, congratulated Prof. O’Brien and 10 additional award winners, saying:

“I am delighted to congratulate this year’s award winners on their inspiring success and dedication. The Science Foundation Ireland Awards recognise the expansive contribution that scientists make to our society and economy through innovative breakthroughs, industry collaborations, entrepreneurship, public engagement, and mentorship of the next generation”.

Dr Claire McKenna, International Funding Manager at AMBER, and Dr Cormac Ó’Coileáin, Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry and CRANN have secured SFI Public Service Fellowships that will see them work on specific collaborative research project with a Government Department, agency, and/or the Library & Research Service of the Oireachtas..

12 fellowships have been awarded to foster innovation within the Public Sector by supporting the development and implementation of data-driven and evidence-based approaches.

Dr McKenna will be hosted by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. She said:

“I am working on the development of a standard research classification system for tracking public investment in research. This is a deliverable under Innovation 2020, Ireland’s Strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology.

A standard classification system will enable a greater understanding of how public money is spent across the Irish research ecosystem. I am looking forward to using my research background in the AMBER centre in Trinity to make a meaningful contribution to the development of future national research policy.”

Dr Ó’Coileáin said:

“I will be looking at the economic, social and ethical implications of Nanotechnology as a Researcher in Residence at the Oireachtas Research & Library Services. It is an interesting opportunity to share scientific knowledge and experience – to help inform evidence-based development of policy within Ireland.”

Announcing the award, Minister Harris, said:

“I am delighted to support the SFI Public Service Fellowship initiative which will contribute to the Government’s objective of promoting a culture of innovation through collaboration, knowledge exchange and the development of data-driven and evidence-based solutions. The successful researchers will play a pivotal role in enhancing collaboration between the research community and Government for the benefit of society.”

Welcoming the announcement, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director Science for Society at SFI said:

“Congratulations to all of the Public Service Fellowship award recipients announced today during Public Service Innovation Week. The SFI Public Service Fellowship programme recognises the importance of connecting the Irish research community with public sector organisations to help inform new policy and improve the services that they deliver. The projects announced today will enhance collaboration of the research community with public bodies while also allowing researchers to advance their work and further develop their careers.”