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Charlemont Grant Awards Ceremony 2016

25 February 2016

Mary E. Daly, President of the Academy presented the 26 2016 Charlemont scholars with their certificates and congratulated them on their success.

Professor Daly noted the importance of the award and the diversity of disciplines awarded. The Charlemont Grants have a very special place in the intellectual life of the Royal Irish Academy, because they are awarded to researchers in the early stages of their careers. Charlemont grantees are drawn from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, the Charlemont grants do not distinguish between discipline or geography, the most important criteria in the awarding of a Charlemont grant is excellence because outstanding research transcends both disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

Peter Kennedy, International Affairs Secretary of the Academy highlighted the importance of travel and the cross pollination of ideas for research. The Charlemont Scholars are Ireland’s scientific and cultural emissaries of the twenty-first century. Through their experiences, sharing what they know and bringing back new ideas, we look forward to their enriching academic life in Ireland. Kennedy announced the scholars, their institutions and the destinations they will be travelling to. The diversity of locations included London, Lisbon, New York, Tokyo and Taiwan.

Dr. Diarmuid Torney from Dublin City University, 2015 Charlemont Scholar, recounted how this grant has been beneficial for his research and career. This has included publication of his book 'European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India', by MIT Press in September 2015 and regular features in the Irish Times.

Named in honour of the Academy’s first President, and notable Grand Tourist, James Caulfeild, the 1st Earl of Charlemont (1728–99), this scheme is the successor to the acclaimed Mobility Grants, which was established by the Academy in 2007. Building on the success of that scheme, the Charlemont Grants are unique in offering funding for short international research trips, to support primary research in any area.

Since its inception the scheme has funded 155 projects, across the sciences, humanities and social sciences. It has funded visits to over fifty countries, with a total fund disbursed to date of over €250,000.  The Royal Irish Academy Charlemont grants are awarded to scholars of the sciences and humanities and social sciences each year. For further information please see here.

Guests at the ceremony included members of the Irish higher education system, funding agencies, past Charlemont scholars and friends and family of the current scholars. 

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Dr Ailise Bulfin


Literature and propaganda: An investigation of the impact of invasion scare fiction on pre-World War I British society

English studies, history

Dr Alexander Dukalskis


Transition(s) in Burma/Myanmar: Emerging from authoritarianism and armed conflict

Political science

Dr Bronagh McShane


Irish women religious in exile during the early modern period: a case study of the Irish Dominican convent of Bom Sucesso, Lisbon


Dr Caroline Rawdon


An investigation of the effectiveness of emotion recognition training to reduce symptoms of social anxiety in adolescence

Psychology, cognitive bias modification,  social anxiety

Dr David Heffernan


The ‘Composition for Cess’ controversy and the position of the Old English in Elizabethan Ireland, c. 1575-1584


Dr Denis Casey


An edition and translation of Annála Gearra as Proibhinse Ard Macha (British Library, additional MS 30512)

Medieval Irish history

Dr Grainne McEvoy


Justice and order: American Catholic social thought and immigration in the 20th Century

American history



Debating Chinese child slavery: child protection in 1930s Shanghai


Dr Jennifer Yeager


Memory and the Magdalenes: An examination of the role of professionals in shaping public memory

Social sciences,


Dr Julie Bates


Louise Bourgeois’s fabric works: the passage of time on a personal scale

Phenomenology of time, material culture, visual art, literature.

Dr Lindsay Reid


Go, Little Ring: Graven posies and subjective objects in early Modern England

English literature (early modern)

Dr Marek Martyniszyn


From opposition into the Vanguard: an investigation into recent changes in the Japanese approach to extraterritoriality in competition law enforcement

Competition law

Dr Mercedes Peñalba-Sotorrío


The Axis Brotherhood: The role of propaganda in Spanish policy during World War II

Modern European history

Dr Siobhan Howard

Mary Immaculate College

Psychophysiological stress reactions in military veterans: Examining the moderating role of stressor context and Type D personality


Dr Triona O’Hanlon


Reception of Thomas Moore in Paris

Musicology, bibliography, literature





Dr Emily Porter


Standardised calibration and validation techniques for the dielectric  measurements of biological tissues

Biomedical engineering

Dr Erin Jo Tiedeken


Applying novel disinfection technologies to control harmful pollinator pathogens and parasites

Parasitology: emerging infectious bee diseases


Dr Evelyn Keaveney


Production rate, carbon source and burial in sediments of a hyper-eutrophic lake – Rostherne Mere

Biogeochemistry: carbon cycling, limnology, climate, isotope, radiocarbon


Dr Francesc Font


Phase change at the nanoscale: Exploring the limits of continuum theory

Nanoscience, applied mathematics


Dr Jim Johnson


Response of soil solution acidity in European forests to reductions in air pollution

Environmental science, forest ecology

Dr Justin King


Investigation of model order reduction techniques on state-of-the-art polyharmonic distortion models

Radio frequency and microwave engineering

Dr Kevin Burke


Robust multi-parameter regression models for clustered survival data

Survival analysis (statistics)

Dr Linh Truong-Hong


Rapid laser scanning based road network assessment

Civil engineering

Dr Luke Prendergast


Auto-calibrating dynamic soil-pile interaction model for offshore wind turbine analysis

Structural-geotechnical engineering

Dr Mingjia Yan


Life cycle assessment of dairy processing

Environmental science

Dr Shane Hegarty


Smad-interacting protein-1 regulation of nigrostriatal pathway development.


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