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Brian Norton

BSc(Nottm 1977), MSc(Cranfield 1979), PhD(Cranfield 1983), DSc(Nottm 1993), DUniv(hc), (UTTroyes 2021). FIAE, HonFCIBSE, CEng. RIA Secretary for Policy and International Relations, Chair of Policy Oversight Group, Member, EASAC Environment Steering Pane

Head of Energy Research Tyndall National Institute

Member ScienceElected in 2016

Research Professor UCC, Professor of Solar Energy Applications, TUDublin. Member, EASAC; Vice-president European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance; Immediate past-President DIT. Formerly Dean, Engineering and Built Environment, Ulster University. On Council and in Office: P&IR Sec: 2020-.

Professor Brian Norton PhD DSc DUniv(h.c.) FIAE MRIA is Head of Energy Research at Tyndall National Institute, Research Professor at University College Cork and Professor of Solar Energy Applications at TU Dublin.

His honours include an Honorary Doctorate from Universite de Technologie de Troyes, Fellowship of the Irish Academy of Engineering, Honorary Membership of the Daylight Academy, Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, the CIBSE Napier Shaw Medal; the Energy Institute’s Roscoe Award, the American Association of Publishers PROSE Award for the book “Comprehensive Renewable Energy”, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Solaris Conference series and “Solar Energy” Journal Best Paper Award in Photovoltaics. He is an Honorary Professor at Universities in Northern Ireland, China and USA.

He is a Principal Investigator in MaREI, the Irish national research centre for Energy, Climate and Marine and leads its Energy Efficiency research area. He has given numerous invited and keynote lectures. He is currently Vice-President and Treasurer of the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance. He has led international collaborative research programmes, IEA and COST activities. He has undertaken strategic reviews of energy research; including those for the UK, Estonia and several universities internationally. Professor Norton has supervised over fifty doctorates. His extensive research outputs have received over 14,000 citations with an h-index of 60.

As Secretary for Policy and International of the Royal Irish Academy, he serves on the Board of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and is the Royal Irish Academy's nominated representative to the EASAC Energy Steering Panel. As immediate past-President of Dublin Institute of Technology, he played a major role in the creation of Technological University Dublin and in the realisation of its flagship Dublin city-centre campus at Grangegorman. Previously, he held posts at Ulster and Cranfield Universities. Originally qualified as a Physicist, he has Doctorates in Engineering from Cranfield and Nottingham Universities.

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