At the announcement of the award, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “It’s important to celebrate and champion our leading scientists and engineers who are vital to both society and our economy. Their research has a real impact across a range of sectors from manufacturing to financial services. The RISE leaders announced today will help to inspire and encourage others, keeping us ahead in the global science race.”

The EPSRC brought the UK’s most inspiring engineers and scientists to Parliament at a special reception to celebrate the RISE programme, launched this year with the Royal Academy of Engineering to mark EPSRC’s 20-year anniversary.

As part of the campaign, the RISE Leaders, selected for their engagement, influence and impact in research, each endorsed a Rising Star researcher whom they considered to be on a stellar path in their research.

The next stage of the year-long RISE campaign will see high profile public figures from the media, government and business paired with a RISE Leader, enabling an exchange of insight into the latest research. By spending time with the RISE Leaders, the RISE Champions will also see how they communicate science and engineering.

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