We are very pleased to announce that our Chief Scientist, Dr Catharina Paukner, was selected as one of five judges of WIRED Audi Innovation Awards of the eight scientific breakthroughs set to have a long-term impact on human well-being and our future.
The Seven Awards Nominees for 2016 are:
- Sheila Rowan
Rowan’s research at the University of Glasgow contributed to a significant breakthrough in 2016, detecting gravitational waves for the first time. It proved a 100-year-old theory conceived by Albert Einstein.
- Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
Using molecular and cellular mechanisms, Zernicka-Goetz is building new tools to enable the study of embryonic development. Cell differentiation in human embryos is being understood better by working with mouse tissue.
- Guillem Anglada-Escudé
With the Pale Red Dot project, Anglada-Escudé is showing the public “definitive evidence” of a new, habitable, Earth-like planet in orbit around Proxima Centauri – Earth’s second nearest star after our own Sun.
- Waseem Qasim
At Great Ormond Street, Qasim is working on new forms of leukaemia treatment. His approach – which creates immune cells and kills drug-resistant forms of the disease – has cured two children with leukaemia.
- Demis Hassabis
Hassabis is the founder of Google DeepMind, the firm closest to producing true AI. DeepMind Health is working with the NHS to apply machine learning to new cancer treatments at the University College London Hospital.
- Peter Kazansky
Kazansky’s team of scientists at the University of Southampton is using specially nanostructured glass to store information. The technique allows for up to 360TB of disc data capacity, with stability at temperatures of up to 1,000°C.
- Kathy Niakan
In February, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted Niakan a licence to edit the genes of human embryos for research at The Francis Crick Institute. It’s the first time such work – studying differentiation during human development – will have taken place.
Ultimately, science is the scaffolding on which innovation is built. Our graphene continues to be one of such scientific breakthroughs set to revolutionise the way we think, design and manufacture in a host of areas – from racing cars to rust-free paint, from mobile phones to medical science.