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Royal Irish Academy Represented on EASAC Energy Steering Panel

03 October 2018

The Academy congratulates Professor Brian Norton MRIA on this recent nomination to the EASAC Energy Steering Panel.

Founded in 2001, EASAC (European Academies' Science Advisory Council) is the collective voice of the National Academies of Science of the EU member states, Norway and Switzerland. EASAC provides detailed analysis and recommendations from some of Europe’s most respected scientists.

The Panel usually meets twice a year to discuss the latest issues of concern to the Energy science community, and general strategy and decisions on project proposals. The Steering Panel is chaired by Wim van Saarloos (Netherlands) while William Gillett (UK) is responsible for the Panel's general organisation and day-to-day business.

The Royal Irish Academy is a founding member of EASAC and we pride ourselves on applying scientific knowledge and expertise to policy issues, so it is our great pleasure to have Prof Norton represent us on EASAC’s Energy Steering Panel. Prof Norton has been, and will continue to be, an excellent ambassador and representative for us and we are honoured to avail of his expertise.

Professor Brian Norton MRIA, President, Dublin Institute of Technology is an internationally renowned academic and author, principally in the field of solar energy. He has authored numerous books and research papers, which have been cited extensively. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering.

Originally qualified as a physicist at University of Nottingham, Professor Norton gained doctorates in engineering from Cranfield University and the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Engineers Ireland, the UK Higher Education Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the chartered Institute of building Services Engineers (CIBSE). He is an Honorary Professor at University of Ulster, Harbin Institute of Technology and Begin Wazi in China, and University of Houston, USA.

Professor Norton participates actively in a range of industry bodies, including; Chair of “Action Renewables”, responsible for facilitating renewable energy development in Northern Ireland; and Vice-President of the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance. He is also elected to the Council of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Among his honours are the CIBSE Napier Shaw Medal and the Energy Institute Roscoe.

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