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Kinsella Challenge-Based E3 awards go to four multi-disciplinary projects including two from the School of Natural Sciences

14th June 2021

Four innovative multi-disciplinary research projects at Trinity College Dublin will share a total of €2 million in funding in the inaugural Kinsella Challenge-Based E3 Multi-Disciplinary Project Awards.

The awards are made possible through the generous philanthropic support of Eric and Barbara Kinsella. Mr Kinsella is Executive Chairman of Jones Engineering Group, a Trinity engineering graduate and a long-time benefactor of Trinity who, with his wife, recently donated €30 million to the Trinity East project, the largest individual philanthropic donation to an Irish university in the history of the state.

The awards strive to foster excellent and innovative cross-disciplinary research that is inspired by the E3 global challenges or perspectives.

The two projects from SNS are as follows:

Digitising Biodiversity: Landscape-Animal-Digital-Human Translations   Led by Professor Ian Donohue (Zoology), this project aims to develop a smart environmental monitoring system that will bring about a revolution in biodiversity quantification in real time.  It will address the connected challenge of addressing explicitly what is lost and gained through digital translation from animal to human understanding.

FOREST: Reimagining relations with nature   This proposal will explore the social-cultural-economic-financial, technical and ecological implications of extending Ireland’s forest network with native species, from a multi-disciplinary lens. Led by Professor Jane Stout (Botany), the project will access afforestation project sites in Birr, Co Offaly and Kilmacanague, Co Wicklow.

Kinsella awards