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Tyndall announce the Wrixon Research Excellence bursaries to celebrate 40 years of innovation and impact in Ireland

Posted on: 07 Jul 2022

Tyndall announce the Wrixon Research Excellence bursaries to celebrate 40 years of innovation and impact in Ireland
Professor Gerry Wrixon

Tyndall National Institute, based at University College Cork, has launched a new bursary to mark its 40th anniversary. The annual Wrixon Research Excellence Bursaries will be presented to Tyndall based postgraduate students in recognition of research excellence in new deep-tech discoveries and next generation innovations that address global challenges in ICT, health, agri-tech, the environment, and energy. The leading European research centre is behind some of Ireland’s most advanced research, particularly in electronics and photonics, semiconductors and chip technology.

Student Andrea Bocchino, Student Hasti Yavari,
Prof Gerry Wrixon, CEO Prof William Scanlon
and Researcher Rajasree Das.

The substantial bursary awards were made possible through the generosity of Professor Gerry Wrixon, past President of UCC and a leading member of the team that founded Tyndall. They will support international study visits and the promotion or recognition of research excellence within Tyndall’s postgraduates. At least two study and one travel bursaries will be awarded annually. 

The first recipients of the awards will be announced in September 2022. 

The bursary was launched at a special event to celebrate 40 years of research excellence at Tyndall, hosted by Professor William Scanlon, CEO.

Prof Gerry Wrixon, Chairperson Dr Denis Doyle,
President of MTU Prof Maggie Cusack and President
of UCC Prof John O'Halloran at the launch.

Speaking at the event, Professor Scanlon, said, “There is no better way to mark 40 years of innovation and cutting-edge research in electronics and photonics here at Tyndall than to recognise, promote and support further research excellence within our postgraduate community. We hope that it will inspire and support people to continue their important research. Now more than ever, we need to nurture, develop and retain our ground-breaking researchers to ensure that we continue to be at the forefront of ICT research, innovation and advanced training in Ireland.” 

Established 40 years ago by a small team, led by Professor Gerry Wrixon, Tyndall (formerly the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC), is now the largest research centre in Ireland with a strong reputation for research excellence within Ireland and Europe. Tyndall has grown to over 600 research and support staff, including 155 postgraduate research students. Tyndall is a core part of Ireland and Europe’s strategic research infrastructure and is set to double in size over the next 5 years with a new 17,000m2, state-of-the-art research building planned for Cork’s North Mall.

Attendees at the Wrixon Research Excellence Bursary launch.

You can watch the event on our YouTube channel or find out more about applying for the bursaries here.