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Boris Galkin receives SFI Public Service Fellowship

Dr Boris Galkin

Dr Boris Galkin, CONNECT research fellow in Trinity College Dublin, has received an SFI Public Service Fellowship to work in the Oireachtas Library & Research Service. Boris will work on the economic, social and ethical implications of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Boris is one of only 12 recipients of the prestigious fellowships, which aim to foster innovation and collaboration between the research community and the public sector.

Boris writes about drones and agriculture on RTE.ie as well as “coronavirus drones and robots” and “Battle for the skies: how to protect airports from drones”.

The announcement was made by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, to coincide with Public Service Innovation Week. The 12 research awards represent a total grant funding in excess of €700,000.

The SFI Public Service Fellowship programme offers academic researchers an opportunity to be seconded to Government Departments, agencies and the Library & Research Service of the Oireachtas, to work on specific collaborative research projects. The fellowships awarded will foster innovation within the Public Sector by supporting the development and implementation of data-driven and evidence-based approaches.

Announcing the award, Minister Harris, said: “I am delighted to support the SFI Public Service Fellowship initiative which will contribute to the Government’s objective of promoting a culture of innovation through collaboration, knowledge exchange and the development of data-driven and evidence-based solutions. The successful researchers will play a pivotal role in enhancing collaboration between the research community and Government for the benefit of society.”

Welcoming the announcement, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director Science for Society at SFI said: “Congratulations to all of the Public Service Fellowship award recipients announced today during Public Service Innovation Week. The SFI Public Service Fellowship programme recognises the importance of connecting the Irish research community with public sector organisations to help inform new policy and improve the services that they deliver. The projects announced today will enhance collaboration of the research community with public bodies while also allowing researchers to advance their work and further develop their careers.”

The Fellowships will have a duration of between 3 and 12 months. Researchers from six higher education institutes; the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, and the National University of Ireland Galway, will undertake research projects working within the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Houses of the Oireachtas Library & Research Services, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.


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