Announcing the winner of the SWIG 2018 Early Career Researcher prize!

November 28th, 2018

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Early Career Researcher scientific poster competition, Ilaria Frau!

Research on the use of microwaves to continuously detect zinc ions in water was the winning scientific poster by Ilaria Frau from the Liverpool John Moores University, who has won the SWIG 2018 Early Career Researcher Competition.

Justin Dunning, SWIG Chairman, Ilaria Frau ECR winner, and Rosa Richards, SWIG Programme Manager at the awards ceremony at WWEM 2018.

Ilaria was presented with a trophy and cheque for £1,200 during the gala dinner at WWEM2 2018, where she had earlier presented her research in the poster exhibition area entitled ‘Microwaves and Functional Materials: a Novel Method to Continuously Detect Zinc Ions in Water’. This technique could also be adapted to detect other environmental pollutants.

Ilaria is undertaking a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University. Ilaria commented:
“Winning the SWIG early career poster competition 2018 is an amazing achievement for me. My PhD project aims to develop a novel sensing system based on microwave and functionalised electromagnetic sensors for monitoring trace metals in water. So, having the opportunity to present this work to experts interested like me in managing water resources has been incredible. Participating in the WWEM conference also allowed me to meet with organisations and companies interested on water monitoring, discuss with them my project and discover modern sensing systems able to control and improve water quality. This award gives me the confidence to proceed with my research project with the ambition to deploy this novel sensing platform as part of a national water security monitoring network, to ensure adherence to water quality guidelines and provide early warning of contamination events. Special thanks go to my supervisory team, who support and help me constantly.”
Congratulations also go to the winner of the 2nd prize of £500, Francesca Cecinati for her cutting edge research into ‘Radar-gauge rainfall merging with uncertainty: Kriging with External Drift and Non-Stationary Variance (KED-NSV)’. Congratulations also to the winner of the 3rd prize of £200, Jennifer Redmond for her research into a ground breaking use of a molecular flow sensor in ‘Water sensing for in-airway monitoring of ventilated patients’.

The competition is open to all ‘early career researchers’ to include undergraduate and postgraduate students either in full time education or within the first 4 years of employment within their area of expertise.

All posters passing to the final judging phase were displayed at the WWEM 2018 conference and exhibition on 21-22 November, with the top 3 entrants being required to give a short presentation at WWEM.  The winner was judged on the poster and presentation, and announced at the WWEM Gala Dinner.

The SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize is intended to raise awareness of technology development and novel applications related to water measurements and thereby promote innovation in sensor research and commercial application.

SWIG invites students and employees in the field of water sensor research to design a poster summarising their work. This is an opportunity for researchers within the water and environmental sectors to showcase their scientific talents and innovative thinking.

For full details of the competition, including terms and conditions, please see the  Flyer

The next ECR competition will be held in 2020.