Prizewinners at Environ 2021

For many years, the ESAI has run a competition for the best student, and for the first time this year, Postdoctoral presentations at the Environ Colloquium.

Each prize was announced at the prize giving ceremony at the close of conference. Each winner will be invited to submit an article on their research project to the ESAI Website and the ESAI Newsletter, and receive publicity from their sponsor.

Congratulations to this years winners and a huge thanks to all our sponsors. The winners of the Environ 2021 student competition were:

• ESAI Best Oral Presentation (€500) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland

Molly Ann Williams, DCUMoving From the Lab into the Field: A CRISPR-Cas Lateral Flow Approach to Environmental DNA Monitoring

Read more about Molly-Ann’s research here


• ESAI Best Poster Presentation (€250) sponsored by Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland

Adrian Delgado Ollero, DCU - Biofouling studies on marine rated materials and coatings

Read more about Adrian’s research here


• Best Postdoctoral Presentation (€250) sponsored by Environmental Research Institute

Dr Martin Boudou, TU Dublin - Asthma prevalence and COVID-19 severity based on geographic location in the Republic of Ireland

Read more about Martin’s research here

• Best Environmental Geoscience Presentation (€250) sponsored by Geological Survey of Ireland

Niamh Faulkner, TCD - Tackling Sustainable Development Goal 13 via carbonate precipitation

• Best Wastes & Resources Management Presentation (€250 & 12 month CIWM student membership) sponsored by Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

Vaishali Vardhan, UCC - Electrical Detection of Atmospheric Radicals he Republic of Ireland, 2019-2020

Read more about Vaishali’s research here


• Best Social Engagement Presentation (€250) sponsored by Environmental Services Ireland

Alison Hardiman, UCC - Public Participation within Project Authorisation for Renewable Energy Infrastructure 

Read more about Alison’s research here



• Best Ecology Presentation (€250) sponsored by Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

Elena Zioga, TCD - Pesticide residues in pollen and nectar of crops and wild plants from agricultural fields in Ireland.

Read more about Elena’s research here


• Best Water Related Presentation (€250) sponsored by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Brigid Hooban, NUI Galway - Detection of carbapenemase producing Enterobacterales in sewage and aquatic environments in the Republic of Ireland, 2019-2020

Read more about Brigid’s research here



• Best Natural History Presentation (€250 & 2021 subscription to INJ) sponsored by Irish Naturalist Journal

Andrew Neill, TCD - Integration of ecosystem services and natural capital within the Irish policy landscape.

Read more about Andrew’s research here



• Best Analytical Chemistry Poster (€250) sponsored by Eurachem Ireland

Dylan O'Fynn, DCU - Method development for the determination of emerging pharmaceutical contaminants in surface water environments.

Read more about Dylan’s research here


• Richard Fitzgerald Prize for Best Aquatic Environment Poster (€250) sponsored by AquaTT

Tapiwa Nyakauru, WIT - An investigation into the genomic and proteomic effects of heavy metal exposure to the hyperaccumulator plants Eichhornia crassipes and Pistia stratiotes

Read more about Tapiwa’s research here


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