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Published on 18.12.12

CRANN Investigator, Prof. Silvia Giordani, receives LEONARDO UGIS Award

Dr. Silvia Giordani

Dr. Silvia Giordani, CRANN Investigator and Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, received the LEONARDO UGIS award for a young researcher/communicator on December 3rd in Milan, Italy.

Dr Giordani won the prize for her work on nanomaterials for smart technology applications.  These materials can be incorporated into both textiles or renewable energy devices that can subsequently be integrated into new well-being and health, sports, automotive or aeronautic applications. The prestigious prize, intended to recognise both outstanding scientific achievements and excellent communication skills of young researchers, is awarded by the Italian National Museum of Science and Technology, the Italian Scientific Journalists Union – the 'Unione Giornalisti Italiani Scientifici' (UGIS) and Federchimica – PlasticsEurope Italia.  

Jury members include:

  • Giovanni Caprara, in charge of the science section in Corriere della Sera and president of UGIS (the Journalist Union)
  • Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director of IIT - Italian Institute of Technology
  • Fiorenzo Galli, Director General of the National Museum of Science and Technology
  • Fabiola Gianotti, Coordinator of the experiment Atlas - CERN
  • Giulio Giorello, Professor of Science Philosophy - Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Alberto Pieri, General Secretary of FAST - Federation of scientific and technical associations.

The motivation of the Jury of the Leonardo – UGIS award that selected Silvia Giordani over more than 80 candidates is “From the technical Institute Natta Bergamo to Trinity College Dublin the jump is significative.  In between there is a linear and growing professional path. In addition to her evident scientific versatility, the numerous and prestigious international recognitions, the wide scientific production in the most qualified journals, her experience as visiting scientist and lecturer, her active participation to communicating science to the wide audience and the media, her promotion of the female role in science and research and that of young students”. 

Dr. Giordani was also awarded the 2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland for Women in Science Fellowship earlier this year. To date, she has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications that collectively have received over 1,600 citations and her results have been highlighted in journals such as Science, Nature, and New Scientist.

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