Dr Mark Jessopp, UCC, wins SFI Research Image of the Year

15 Nov 2017
'Osmotic Shock'

UCC researcher Dr Mark Jessopp from MaREI has won the SFI Research Image of the Year.
The winners of the prestigious 2017 Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit on 13th November.

The SFI Research Image of the Year competition celebrates images captured by Science Foundation Ireland funded researchers during the course of their research.

‘Osmotic Shock’ is a pure nature shot of seabirds foraging on marine zooplankton which have been stunned by the freshwater output from glacial meltwater. Climate change has accelerated the retreat of this 50m high glacial wall, providing feeding opportunities for large groups of kittiwakes and fulmar in the Arctic.

This image was taken in Svalbarda, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, during fieldwork to monitor seabird populations using remote cameras. A citizen science programme called SeaBirdWatch has been initiated to help analyse the images from the time lapse cameras.

Joined by over 350 leading members of the Irish research community at the annual SFI Science Summit, Science Foundation Ireland celebrated their researchers’ contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Announcing the award winners, Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, said; “The SFI Science Awards recognise some of Ireland’s top researchers and a number of crucial areas in research and development including industry collaborations, entrepreneurship, communication and public engagement. I am delighted to acknowledge and congratulate the work of these research leaders on their ability to deliver new ideas and innovation,
which in turn helps to create high-value jobs and drives economic growth and regional development.”

Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson, also congratulated the award winners saying; “The SFI Science Awards present an opportunity to highlight some of the very best outputs and achievements of our research community. I want to congratulate the award winners on their significant achievements, as well as their dedication and determination to realise their research ambitions. I am confident that their hard work and success will be a source of inspiration to their peers and the next generation of researchers in Ireland. Science Foundation Ireland is very proud of the excellent quality and impact delivered each year, enabled by our funding.”

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