RISE Awards Announced

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Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is pleased to announce the ten RISE Leaders for 2014. The campaign, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, was launched by the Science Minister, David Willetts in November 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of EPSRC.

Ten of the UK’s most inspirational scientists and engineers have been recognised as RISE Leaders, celebrating their achievements as innovators in engineering and physical sciences research. Their contribution to science covers a broad range of disciplines and highlights the diversity and impact of the engineering and physical sciences.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “It’s important to celebrate and champion our leading scientists and engineers who are vital to both society and our economy. Their research has a real impact across a range of sectors from manufacturing to financial services. The RISE leaders announced today will help to inspire and encourage others, keeping us ahead in the global science race.”

An independent panel comprising of Philip Greenish, Imran Khan, Dr Sarah Main, Professor Sir Richard Brook, Professor Harold Poor and chaired by Professor David Delpy, selected the leaders from nominations put forward by over 30 universities, industries and learned societies. They assessed leadership, engagement, influence and impact.

RISE leaders University
Professor Jim Al-Khalili University of Surrey
Professor Sadie Creese University of Oxford
Professor Leroy (Lee) Cronin University of Glasgow
Professor Harald Haas University of Edinburgh
Professor Stephen Haake Sheffield Hallam University
Professor Jenny Nelson Imperial College London
Professor Jeremy O’Brien University of Bristol
Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga University of Leicester
Professor Kevin Shakesheff University of Nottingham
Professor Rachel Williams University of Liverpool

In addition to the RISE leaders, the nominees who are Fellows of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences are being celebrated as RISE Renowned Fellows. They will attend a dinner at the Cheltenham Science Festival, hosted by the incoming CEO of EPSRC, Professor Philip Nelson.

Chair of the panel and CEO of EPSRC, Professor David Delpy, said: “One of the best aspects of my job at EPSRC has been the chance to meet and speak directly to some of the most exciting, innovative and enthusiastic scientists and engineers in the UK. This campaign gives us the chance to recognise these outstanding individuals, but also to let others get to know them and the great research that they are doing.”

The RISE leaders will now be paired with individuals from government, business or media to communicate the importance and impact of their research, helping their partners to become champions for science.

They will also nominate researchers who are the ‘Rising Stars’, tipped to lead internationally excellent research in the future, and who will go through to the final RISE award ceremony taking place on 10th June 2014 at the House of Commons.

The RISE leaders, their champions and the Rising Stars will join together to celebrate inspiration and innovation within engineering and physical sciences with prizes awarded to the top three Rising Stars.

Philip Greenish, CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering commented: “The RISE awards are a unique opportunity to recognise established and future research leaders in engineering and the physical sciences.

“RISE is part of the Engineering for Growth campaign which aims to bring engineering to the heart of society; celebrating the contribution of inspiring researchers to growth and innovation is a great way to help create a connection between engineering and daily life.”

Follow the journey of the Leaders, Champions and Rising Stars on the RISE pages of the EPSRC website.

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RISE leaders University
Professor Jim Al-Khalili University of Surrey
Professor Sadie Creese University of Oxford
Professor Leroy (Lee) Cronin University of Glasgow
Professor Harald Haas University of Edinburgh
Professor Stephen Haake Sheffield Hallam University
Professor Jenny Nelson Imperial College London
Professor Jeremy O’Brien University of Bristol
Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga University of Leicester
Professor Kevin Shakesheff University of Nottingham
Professor Rachel Williams University of Liverpool

Table of RISE fellows

RISE Fellows University
Professor Polina Bayvel UCL
Professor Nigel Brandon Imperial College London
Professor Richard Catlow UCL
Professor Dame Athene Donald University of Cambridge
Professor Robin Grimes td> 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 Sir 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 independent panel comprised of Philip Greenish CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering, Imran Khan, CEO, the British Science Association, Dr Sarah Main, Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering, Professor Sir Richard Brook, Chairman of the ERA Foundation, and Professor Vince Poor, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University. The panel was chaired by David Delpy, CEO of EPSRC.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research

Council (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 (EfG) is a partner campaign, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, that brings together prominent organisations and individuals in order to demonstrate the contribution of engineering to economic growth and the quality of life. You can find more information on the EfG website