Science awards and green prizes: News from the College | Imperial News

Here’s a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

From an art prize for a science award, to a cash prize for a green award, here is some quick-read news from across the College.

Europe science award

A painting of leaves in green and purple
‘Botanical heaven’ painting

The International Science Council (ISC) of 180 international scientific Unions, Academies and Research Councils has awarded its 2021 Early Career Science Award for Europe to Imperial’s Dr Joeri Rogelj, Director of Research at the Grantham Institute.

Ten awardees were selected “whose achievements in the context of science as a global public good are of the highest quality, and in this way bring great credit to the scientific community.”

Dr Rogelj’s exceptional contribution to science, international scientific collaboration and policy engagement changed the global conversation in advance of the United Nations’ Paris Agreement, creating the target to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

All 2021 awardees received an original piece of art by scientific photographer Karl Gaff who specializes in microscopy art. Dr Rogelj received ‘Botanical Heaven’ (pictured). 

Physics Fellow

Professor Steven Rose,
Professor Steven Rose

Professor Steven Rose, from the Department of Physics has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, for ‘significant contributions to the understanding of the atomic and radiation physics of high energy density plasmas in both laboratory and astrophysical settings’.

The APS Fellowship Program recognises members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.

Professor Rose said: “I’m delighted and honoured to become a Fellow of the American Physical Society which plays such an important role for physics in the USA and worldwide.”

Sustainability success

Hanson Cheng receiving the award
Hanson cheng receiving the award (Credit: Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge)

The Tyre Collective, made up of Innovation Design Engineering graduates Hanson Cheng, Siobhan Anderson, Hugo Richardson and Deepak Mallya, have won $200,000 in the Postcode Lotteries 2021 Green Challenge competition with their innovative concept to capture highly polluting tyre particles at source. 

The Green Challenge is one of the world’s biggest sustainability competitions with start-ups from Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden – the five Postcode Lotteries countries – submitting their solutions to make the world greener and more sustainable.

After pitching their ideas to an international jury, the Tyre Collective team came in second place, securing the $200,000 prize as well as six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities.

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