Science award for Irish professor


An Irish academic has been presented with a prestigious European science award at a ceremony in Vienna, it was announced today.

Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Professor Frank Gannon received the Diplome d'Honneur from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) last night.

The award recognises his exceptional contribution to European Science. Originally from Sligo, Prof Gannon joined SFI last week. Before that he led the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in Heidelberg, Germany. "I am deeply honoured to receive the Diplome d'Honneur," Prof Gannon said.

"Since its foundation in 1964, FEBS has successfully promoted, encouraged and supported biochemistry, molecular cell biology and molecular biophysics throughout Europe in a variety of different ways.

"They have made a major role in advancing European Science," he said. FEBS is one of the largest European life sciences organisations, with nearly 40,000 members in 43 countries. It sponsors advanced courses for PhD and postdoctoral students, hosts conferences and awards fellowships, and presents awards and medals to leading research scientists.

About 2,000 scientists attended the showcase of the newest advances in biochemistry at the 32nd annual FEBS Congress in Vienna, which is one of the largest bio-congresses in Europe.

It provides a platform for scientific exchange and highlights the newest developments of biochemistry and molecular biology. Professor Willy Stalmans of the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Professor Joan Guinovart of the University of Barcelona also received the Diplome d'Honneur, which is awarded every second year. í